SAP specialists not so rare, job ad response suggests

Despite a claimed nationwide shortage of IT professionals with SAP skills, a deluge of applicants for advertised positions means SAP outsourcing firm Oxygen should have few problems recruiting staff.

Despite a claimed nationwide shortage of IT professionals with SAP skills, a deluge of applicants for advertised positions means SAP outsourcing firm Oxygen should have few problems recruiting staff.

The Carter Holt Harvey offshoot was last week seeking about seven SAP staff as part of a drive for 40 newcomers to take advantage of what it says are healthy ERP and outsourcing markets. The positions include technical specialists, project managers, consultants and a practice manager. The company advertised in December for account managers.

SAP forms “the bulk” of Oxygen’s work, says Oxygen spokesman Stuart Dickinson, and most of latest advertised posts are for SAP-related staff. The recruitment will increase the SAP team to 75.

Auckland manager of IT recruiter Robert Walters, Glenn Bratton, who is acting for Oxygen, says while SAP skills “are not easy to come by”, in just a few days the agency has received over 160-plus applications for the roles.

“When we go through an amount [of candidates] like this, we will find enough [suitably qualified people] to make it a success. SAP people have been in demand across the country for six months. We probably know where most of them are, though new ones appear all the time,” Bratton says.

The agency estimates the practice manager will earn up to $90,000 to $100,000, the three or four SAP consultants and project managers sought will earn $60,000 to $100,000, depending on experience, the technical specialist $60,000 to $80,000 and the more generalist network technical specialist about the same.

Dickinson says the company is winning new business all the time. The company claims 21 customers outside CHH, including TVNZ and Whitcoulls, and Ricegrowers in Australia. In its first seven months has increased staff from 160 to 240, the company says.

Despite a perceived surplus of IT professionals seeking work, meanwhile, the Department of Internal Affairs is readvertising for an information services manager.

The Wellington-based role is responsible for the daily operation and development of document management services and policies, the information centre and library, as well as mail and messenger services to about 1000 staff. The position reports to the department’s general manager, information and facilities, and is responsible for a team of seven.

DIA spokesman Tony Rogers declined to say why the post had been readvertised, but suggested it might be the timing of the former ad, which appeared before Christmas, rather than being a reflection on the calibre of the applicants received in recent weeks.

Bratton, commenting on the DIA role, said it sounds “narrow” as it seeks strong document management skills and was a particular type of IT manager he had never had to seek before. The recruiter says the role sounds middle management level and could offer a salary of $75,000 to $90,000.

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