Quarterly Crunch Q4 17/18

Posted on July 2018 By Judy Cole
Quarterly Crunch

Another Quarter done and dusted, another year… and what a year! In this blog, I will look at our stats for Q4 keep reading to see what we placed the most of, what our clients required the most of and various other snippets of info along the way!

Place your bets because it’s time to find out and you can analyse the raw data as you wish.

For your own comparison here is my Q3 (FY17/18) Quarterly Crunch and here is Q4 for last year (financial year 16/17) just for fun!

As a recap, we give you Speller International’s actual sales for the quarter. I don’t share my own opinions (or excuses!) or what we believe to be the reasons behind the results. Sometimes, especially in this online age, we hear too many opinions and it’s nice to be able to draw your own. But if you want our opinion then feel free to comment and ask and/or share your own thoughts.

So, let’s see how we went…

In regards to purely sales (sales = people placed within the SAP field in either contract or permanent engagements), Speller International placed 2% less people in Quarter 4 this year (April/May/June 2018) than we did in the previous Quarter 3 (Jan/ Feb/ March 2018).

By comparison, this Quarter 4 (17/18) we placed it was 10% more than the same Quarter the previous year (April/May/June 2017)!

So, a great quarter to end the year on!

What are the top 5 roles we placed in the Quarter?

  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)

  • Data Analysts (Including Master Data and Data Migration)

  • SAP Basis

  • SAP Trainers

  • SAP Project Manager’s

FYI, last quarter (Q3 FY17/18) it was;

  • SAP Training and Documentation

  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)

  • SAP Basis

  • SAP Change Management

  • SAP Business Analyst

What % were Permanent vs Contract in Quarter 3?

13.04% of the people we placed last Quarter were permanent (or fixed term), and 86.96% contract. Note; 11.7% of the people we placed in the previous Quarter (Q3) were permanent.

How else can we measure how busy the market was?

While the number of people we placed is a good indication, it is not always the best indication for us to gauge how the market is/was performing. We also like to look at the number of requirements we received from our clients (requirements = vacant job positions which we are engaged to work).

Let’s look at the number of requirements we received in during the Quarter;

Speller International received a total of 105 vacant SAP job positions to fill throughout the Quarter, compared to the previous Quarter which was 144 vacancies (and 124 in Q4 last year). Those positions were across our 3 divisions (SAP IT, SAP Change and Training and SAP Corporate Services) as well as being across Australia and NZ. Of those vacant positions we received, 8% were permanent or fixed term engagements and 92% were contract requirements.

Top Requirements

  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)

  • SAP Business Analyst

  • SAP Change Manager

  • SAP Project Manager

  • SAP Data Analyst (Including Master Data and Data Migration)

  • SAP Trainer



  • SAP Architects

  • SAP HCM (Including SuccessFactors)

FYI – the top 5 requirements from Q3 were;

  • SAP Training and Documentations

  • SAP Data (Migration/Master Data/Governance)

  • SAP Basis

  • SAP Change Manager

  • SAP Architects

Most difficult skill set to find for Quarter 4 (in no particular order)

  • SAP Architects/Enterprise Architect

  • SAP HCM (Including SuccessFactors)


  • SAP Fiori (Functional)

So that was our Quarter 4; our top placed SAP area, SAP skills most required and Permanent vs Contract data – all without any conclusion from us!

New Roles/Skills Emerging

We are still seeing strong need for general skillsets; “Business Analyst” and “Project Managers” who hold both SAP and other broader technologies experience. We are starting to see a lot more SAP Ariba requirements coming through.

Average Contract Length

Last Quarter we continued our extremely good average initial contract length of 19.11 weeks (this does not take into account extensions), which is pretty much on par with Q3 at 19.68 and Quarter 2’s average of 19.95 weeks

What’s in store for the next Quarter? Stay tuned for the next instalment of our Quarterly Crunch!