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SAP and SaaS key to jobs market

SAP and software-as-a-service (SaaS) will remain strong areas of employment in 2009.

Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, predicts...

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SAP and software-as-a-service (SaaS) will remain strong areas of employment in 2009.

Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, predicts that recruitment in key specialist areas will remain buoyant in the year ahead.

On SAP, Farrell said, "SAP is essentially an expensive system to implement, and, as a result, I do not believe that many new projects will be started in 2009.

"However, given the heavy skew towards SAP over recent years, I see there will be a need for staff to maintain and develop existing systems."

A recent survey showed most SAP upgrade projects were on schedule despite the recession.

With SaaS, Farrell said the associated cost-saving benefits of SaaS and service oriented architecture services should also see a rise in demand over the next year.

She said, "This will benefit SaaS-experienced software architects and developers, as well as project managers, and this could trickle down to testers, administrators and support staff with experience in this field."

Farrell predicted there will be continued jobs growth in online and mobile technologies this year.

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