Everyone knows that simple rule of the market: the price is determined by the balance of supply and demand.
When there’s too much supply, the prices fall until there’s not enough incentive for sellers to provide the resources.
And on the opposite, if there’s unmatched demand, the supply is growing to balance it off, because more sellers find the prices profitable enough. Of course, it only happens when there are enough resources. But what happens if resources are limited, either naturally or artificially? Then it will be either a growth in the prices, or demand will not meet any supply at all.
The same rule applies to the market of SAP consultants labour.
The big markets for SAP consulting are known: United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, USA, Canada, UAE, Saudi, India etc. They all have very steady demand for SAP resources, and the supply there is also very strong, supported by both local and borrowed resources. The latter includes people coming from other countries either on-site or on remote off-shore and near-shore basis.
But what happens with smaller countries like New Zealand, Cyprus, Dominican Republic and so on? They also have some footprint in the SAP world, but much smaller than giants. It also means that the supply of the SAP resources in these countries is much weaker. Once the limits are reached, companies in these countries need to ask for external resources to come. And here we hit another problem linked to the size of the countries: not many people want to relocate there simply because they are too small. Not only cultural life in these countries is different to the bigger ones, but also career development is different. There are too many chances that once you arrive there for a permanent position, you’ll be limited in the options to change the employer in the future.
This makes the hiring of resources in these smaller countries much more difficult compared to the bigger ones.
Just an example, a friend of mine was looking for a BW / BO consultant for a permanent role in Cyprus for about 6 months. There was even a post about this on job.sapexpert.co.uk. And he is still looking! Would that be thinkable in the United Kingdom or Germany? Unlikely, me thinks.
What do you think about perspectives of working in a small country?