A Microsoft Dynamics skills shortage is leading businesses to recruit less-experienced individuals to plug gaps, while more experienced workers are looking to jump ship for more money.
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The research from specialist IT recruiter Jam Recruitment surveyed IT professionals with skills in NAV business management software, customer relationship management (CRM) and AX enterprise resource planning (ERP). The company has more than 2,000 Microsoft Dynamics candidates
Over 67% of survey respondents said they were approached by head-hunters on a daily or weekly basis, and 72% said they would consider taking a contract role if it meant an increase in salary. The survey also showed that the average salary in the sector was between £41,000 and £51,000 across all modules.
"There is a noticeable skills shortage in this area, especially in CRM 2011 and AX 2012," said Chris Pearson, Microsoft Dynamics team leader of Jam Recruitment. "One trend we have seen is that employers are taking on less experienced candidates to plug gaps due to the increasing wage demands of more experienced employees."
"This awareness among candidates of what their skills are worth, and the knowledge that they could potentially command a higher salary in a new role, has led to a high volume of candidates actively seeking new opportunities, he added.
"With these skill sets so sought after, we predict that most companies will start recruiting before Christmas to avoid the January rush, and we see no signs of this slowing in 2012 as more businesses turn to cloud-based solutions."