There’s a major shortage of SAP skills in the marketplace, thanks to the inevitable lag time between SAP’s aggressive debut of new products and IT workers’ ability to master the associated skills.
That’s the message from Foote Partners’ upcoming report on IT skills and compensation. The report is massive, encompassing hundreds of skills, cities, and vendors, but its relevance to the SAP world is focused on the following takeaways:
Hot SAP Skills: SAP MDM, SAP ERP, NetWeaver BI (formerly SAP BW) and SAP HCM are seeing double-digit growth in compensation over the past several months.
Fading SAP Skills: ABAP, Basis, Payroll, SAP SD.
This isn’t meant to service as an index of importance. In other words, the “fading” skills aren’t less vital or widespread; they’re just not seeing compensation growth at the same pace as the hot skills. Similarly, the hot skills are not necessarily the high-volume skills; if you’re an SAP HCM expert, you can command an increasing premium, but you might have fewer opportunities to apply those skills. There are many such factors involved in maximizing your marketability. However, based on Foote Partners’ insights, it’s a safe bet to say that techies with experience in any of the “hot” categories should be talking to recruiters immediately.
In terms of the “fading” categories, it’s worth wondering whether, in time, these could be yesterday’s skills.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor