The SAP consultant, contracting's answer to the stadium filling rock star, has fallen to earth as pay rates drop from their 1998 high.
"At its peak last year, some consultants were paid well over £1,000 a day," said Nigel Milstead, a manager at SAP recruiter Glentech Consulting. "Now, a lot of consultants are coming off projects without new ones to go to."
SAP and most other enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have experienced a boom, with many businesses installing or updating their ERP software to deal with the millennium bug.
Milstead said pay for programmers in SAP's Basis language has fallen by 13 per cent to £650 a day since November, presenting an opportunity for SAP sites looking to cut staff costs.
Last year, SAP implementers were kings of the freelance hill. One contractor was tempted to work in the Middle East by a tax free daily rate worth four figures sterling, plus transportation of his Corvette from the US.
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