The UKISUG research reveals that cost and availability are the biggest contributors to this growing skills gap. When asked what the main challenges are that they face when it comes to recruiting for SAP roles, more than a third of organizations cited the cost of salaries (35 percent), followed by limited skills in the market overall (24 percent), and limited skills availability due to their geographic location (18 percent). At the same time, the research reveals that the current coronavirus situation is influencing organizations’ recruitment strategies when it comes to acquiring SAP skills. Just under half (49 percent) say it is slowing their investment in SAP skills, and almost two-thirds (65 percent) say the increase in remote working is making future recruits’ geographic location less important.
The research also highlights that the development and acquisition of SAP skills is a growing consideration for those organizations planning to move to S/4 Hana. Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of organizations were concerned a lack of available skills will impact the speed at which their organization moves to S/4. In addition, more than two-thirds (67 percent) think it is/was a challenge to train existing staff to implement and manage S/4 Hana.
“Companies that create a culture of continuous learning can maximise business performance, achieve outstanding results, and optimise the intelligent enterprise,” said Eva Zauke, Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP Enterprise Adoption, SAP. “Closing the skills gap and enabling people to perform at their best is the foundation for making digital transformation a success.”