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Market remains buoyant for ERP specialists

Market remains buoyant for ERP specialists
 
Despite the continuing economic downturn, demand for Oracle professionals, especially those with rare skill sets, remains strong according to the 2009 ERP salary survey from specialist recruiter Maximus IT.
 
Although the survey shows that the credit crunch has had some effect on the industry, with permanent Oracle positions now paying up to 12% less than 2007 especially in private companies, organisations are still buying and implementing ERP solutions. Consultancies are therefore still experiencing a strong demand for their services and hiring levels have remained relatively consistent.
 
Despite many private companies facing economic difficulties, the public sector has been a centre of activity with around 25% of all ERP vacancies coming from local authorities and government organisations. The survey also reports that those Oracle professionals with rare skills such as OPM, Discrete Manufacturing and Demantra remain in such great demand that contract staff possessing them can command up to 700 a day, and that employers are increasingly demanding a wider skill set in what Maximus calls the age of the specialist.
 
Salaries for ERP positions in both Europe and the Middle East remain largely unchanged according to the survey, with the Middle East still relatively booming due to ongoing projects. Recent system failures have also led to an increased demand for flexible and experienced ERP professionals, creating more opportunities for many Oracle specialists from the UK and Western Europe.
 
Few industries have remained immune to the effects of the recent troubles and the survey highlights that the downturn has had some effect on the ERP sector but it also shows that on the whole business is still going strong comments Satnam Brar, Managing Director of Maximus. We will be interested to compare these results with those of our next survey and see what developments have occurred this year, but we dont expect the demand for Oracle professions to decline any time soon.

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