Consultants are reversing falling pay rates by using the Net.
Recruiters say such workers can reverse falling pay rates by adding web skills to their armoury. Research last month by job agency Glentech Consulting found that salaries for consultants specialising in SAP's R/3 ERP package have fallen by 13% since November last year to an average of £650 a day.
However, consultants who also have strong Net skills, such as opening ERP systems to web access or enabling ecommerce, can reverse this trend.
'ERP overall is still slack, but things have been picking up on web-enablement,' said Jake Rudham, head of research at recruiter Best People.
Freelancers' rates are about £700 a day, said Helen Dodd, a consultant with recruiter Elan's ERP division. 'There's not a massive number of vacancies, because it's quite a new area, but there will be growth over the next few months,' she said.
Rudham said management consultancies have been dominating the full-time market, paying programmers £50,000 to £60,000 per year, and shelling out salaries of up to £100,000 to strategists.
ERP consultant Team 121 does not pay a premium to staff with web skills, but such staff have an advantage when applying for jobs, said human resources development manager John Jackson.
'SAP is promoting extensive add-on training in specialist services,' he said, adding that customer relationship management and data warehousing are other valuable extras for ERP staff.
ARC senior analyst Simon Bragg said purchasing requires skills similar to those needed to implement SAP Financials, but that other ERP add-on areas will need more training.
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