Quarterly Crunch Q3 18/19

Posted on May 2019 By Judy Cole
Quarterly Crunch Q3

Easter has passed already! I cannot believe how quickly time goes by. It’s time again for my Quarterly Crunch where we look at how the SAP market/Speller has performed over this last quarter (Q3) 18/19 financial year.

What skill did we place most of? What skill was highly sort after? Is the SAP market hot… or not? Place your bets because it’s time to find out…

For your own comparison here is myQ2 (FY18/19) Quarterly crunchand here isQ3 for last year (financial year 17/18)just for fun! You can see all of our Quarterly Crunches on our blog if you wish to look at even more stats… exciting!

To recap, we give you Speller’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 to share your own thoughts.

So, let’s see how we went…

We Smashed our target this quarter – Phew! Reaching 138% of our quarter target! For those who read these regularly you may remember that we missed both our Q1 and Q2 targets thus it was a slow start to the year. We had such a big Q3 that we have even caught up and then some on our annual target.

In regards to purely sales (sales = people placed within the SAP field in either contract or permanent engagements), Speller International placed52% morepeople in Quarter 3 this year (Jan/Feb/March 2019) than we did in the previous Quarter 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2018).  By comparison, it was27% morethan the same Quarter the previous year (Jan/Feb/March 2018).

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

  • SAP Business Analyst

  • SAP Testers

  • SAP Payroll Consultants

  • SAP Data (conversion, analyst & master data)

  • SAP Change Management

FYI Last quarter (Q1 FY18/19) … It was;

  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)



  • SAP Project Managers

  • SAP Change Management

What % were permanent vs Contract in Quarter 2?

7.2% of the people we placed last Quarter were permanent (or fixed term) and 92.8% contract. Note; 5.5% of the people we placed in the previous Quarter (Q2) 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 thebestindication 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 of153 vacantSAP job positions to fill throughout the Quarter, compared to the previous Quarter which was 92 vacancies (and 144 in Q3 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, 10% were permanent or fixed term engagements and 90% were contract requirements.

Top Requirements

  • SAP Business Analyst

  • SAP SuccessFactors

  • SAP Payroll Consultant (on-prem)

  • SAP Training

  • SAP Testing

  • SAP Developers (ABAP/Fiori/UI5)

  • SAP Data (migration/master data & data governance)



  • SAP Architects

FYI – the top 5 requirements from Q1 were;

  • SAP Project Manager

  • SAP Change Management/Analyst



  • SAP Training

Most difficult skill set to find for Quarter 2 (in no particular order)

  • SAP Payroll

  • SAP SuccessFactors

  • SAP Fieldglass

  • SAP Ariba

So that was our Quarter 3; our top placed SAP areas, SAP skills most required and permanent vs contract data – all without any conclusion from us!

New Roles/Skills Emerging

This is not an emerging or a new skill but SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Payroll Consultants have been in extremely high demand and will continue to be this quarter.

We are also seeing more EnableNow requirements come through

Average Contract Length

Last Quarter we the averaged an initial contract length was 18.81 weeks (this does not take into account extensions), Q2 was 17 weeks and in Q1 it was 19.5 weeks.

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