A survey of nearly 1,200 SAP professionals in the U.S. has produced some interesting details about what they are paid, where they work, how many of them use visas, and what their job expectations are.
Among the more striking data points is the breakdown by gender: About 82% of SAP professionals are male. But this survey by Red Commerce, a global SAP consultancy and recruitment firm, did not find any differences in pay between the sexes.
Women are a minority in the IT workforce generally: They hold 26% of the jobs in all computer-related professions, according to an analysis of government data. However, they're an even less well represented in SAP occupations, holding just 17% of those jobs, according to the Red Commerce survey.
Another finding: Nearly one-third of the SAP workers are on visas. Of the respondents, 54% were U.S. citizens, 31% were holders of temporary work visas, including H-1B visas, and 15% were green card, or permanent resident, workers.
Source: Red Commerce
Red Commerce CEO Richard Vercesi said use of staffing agencies that primarily turn to visa holders to meet demand for SAP workers is part of the standard U.S. staffing model.
In Europe, "90%-plus" would be European citizens, he said.
The pay for SAP-related work is good (see details on wages below), especially if you are a freelancer and are willing to travel. Nearly 25% of the freelance SAP consultants reported wages of $101 to $120 per hour.
Approximately 27% of the full-time workers said they earn annual salaries ranging from $100,000 to $119,000.
About 48% of the respondents worked at companies that represent SAP-partner organizations, which includes consulting firms. Another 42% work for user companies, and 9% work at SAP.
The locales that have the highest concentrations of SAP professionals are Texas, where just over 14% of all SAP professionals work, followed by California, with 12.5% of the SAP workforce, New Jersey, with nearly 8.5%, and Illinois, with 8%.
Vercesi attributed Texas's No. 1 ranking to that state's oil and gas industry, which is a big user of SAP software.
Despite the high pay, it's not Shangri-La for SAP workers. About half of the SAP professionals reported that they don't receive overtime pay, and said they worked up to five hours a month unpaid. That's a relatively new trend.
For employers, a strong word of caution: 75% of the full-time workers who participated in the survey said they will be looking for a new job in the next 12 months, with 33% of them saying that they'll start their job search in the next three months.
Vercesi said the number of people interested in new jobs seemed high, but that could reflect the timing of the survey: U.S. businesses have just come through a period when, in response to economic conditions, organizations that use SAP weren't investing in new technology. Tech spending is now on the rise, and hiring is up as well, and SAP professionals are searching for new opportunities.
As they search for new jobs, IT professionals with SAP expertise will be especially interested in the ability to gain experience with new technologies, such as SAP's in-memory computing system, HANA, said Vercesi.
Red Commerce published the results of its survey in its "USA SAP Salary Guide 2013."
Source: Red Commerce
This article, "The Data on Pay, Perks, Gender and Visas of SAP Workers," was originally published on Computerworld.com.
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