the September 11 tragedy, the job market has been very bad.
Lot of recruiters are taking undue advantage of the
market situation by offering unimaginable rates. Many
existing SAP clients have been holding on to new projects
for various reasons and consultants who have been waiting
for new projects for a while are now ready to get into any
project at the recruiters terms and conditions. Besides
market condition is forcing many consulting companies (big
or small) to terminate their full time employees immediately
after their current project is over. These are employees
who have been serving these companies for a long period
of time and is now facing termination any time.
consultants and full time employees of consulting companies
that were laid off recently are the worst to suffer, they
do not even have the option to get a full time job, because
there are none available and/or there is a freeze on hiring
in lot of companies.
good news is, there are still lot of on-going projects
that are paying standard SAP rates of around $100 to $175$/hour
to experienced consultants. Also, some clients are
now upgrading to new version successfully with the help
of in-house staff, independent consultants and small or
mid-size consulting companies, a trend many project managers
think will become a common practice. Benefits include,
low cost and on-time implementation, client driven project
and active participation of employees.
for survival in today's market is to gain experience
in many areas of SAP, rather than specializing in one
thing. Some of the new job requirements are in areas that
was not implemented before, for e.g.. Travel & Expenses
in HR module.
that are still in demand
consultants: Experienced functional consultants in
any module will always be in demand for a long time. The
hourly rates are expected to be in the range of $65 to
programmers: This skill has lost good market value
but will continue to be around forever because of
changes done to existing projects and new developments.
Demand for HR ABAP programmers have vanished. Programmers
with experience in multiple modules, ESS, SAP
Script, BAPI, RFC etc. will continue to be in demand.
The hourly rates are expected to be in the range
of $45 to $90/hour.
Resource (HR): Specialized knowledge of Travel and
Expenses module, Recruitment, Tax configuration, extremely
good Payroll functional consultants are still in good
demand. Other areas of HR, like ABAP programming, Payroll,
Time, PA & PD have lost demand, due to very less
HR projects and more consultants available in the market.
consultants: Consultants that have good experience
in upgrading new versions, UNIX or Windows NT skill
and database administration will be in demand.
Warehouse (BW): many were thinking BW will
be the next hot skill. Due to weakness in economy and
tools created by third party, this module has
not picked up like expected.