Many hiring managers and project managers have upcoming Oracle implementations and upgrade projects that will require ramping-up resources to be able to accommodate the coming workload. When considering which staffing & consulting firms to contract with, you should be aware that hourly billing rates for Oracle ERP consultants can vary widely based on a number of factors.
One factor affecting Oracle ERP consulting bill rates is geography. Speaking specifically to the USA, geographical location can impact rates as much as 20% – 30% depending on the region. For example in San Jose, CA (located in Silicon Valley), as well as other parts of the Bay Area, demand is high and supply is low-moderate. The cost of living is also quite high in Northern California. Therefore rates will be higher here than many other parts of the country. However, in cities such as North Carolina or Georgia, the cost of living is much lower and there is also sufficient supply to keep up with demand, thus bill rates are lower in these areas.
Below is a list of typical rate ranges for both ends of the spectrum (low – high)
San Francisco Bay Area – hourly bill rates:
- Oracle ERP Business Analyst: $70 – $150
- Solution Architect: $90 – $250
- System Analyst: $70 – $200
- Project Manager $85 – $250
- Program Manager: $70 – $300
- Developer: $70 – $220
- DBA: $60 – $200
- QA: $60 – $110
- Oracle ERP Business Analyst: $55 – $120
- Solution Architect: $70 – $200
- System Analyst: $65 – $200
- Project Manager: $55 – $240
- Program Manager: $55 – $120
- Developer: $55 – $180
- DBA: $55 – $160
- QA: $50 – $90
Another reason for vast differences in rates is the size of the company that is offering the service. For example, one can typically expect rates at the higher end of the spectrum from the larger consulting firms such as IBM, Deloitte, PWC, etc. Here are some pros and cons to this option… One of the pros to working with these larger firms is their global capabilities. Another is their vast enterprise expertise. Of course one of the biggest cons is the price tag. Small to mid-sized companies really don’t need source resources from these larger firms as the enterprise expertise is not exactly relevant to their particular business.
Smaller companies are usually much more competitively priced, due to much lower overhead as well as other factors. There are also pros and cons to working with smaller consulting firms. One of the biggest pros is the significant pricing advantage, often 50% – 75% less than their larger competitors. Another pro is the fact that the resources are just as qualified as those from the big firms, and in fact many times these consultants have previously worked for these larger firms in the past. One of the biggest cons can be the lack of a vast supply of qualified consultants with the specific expertise needed. Larger firms charge higher fees and can afford to keep a larger “bench” of qualified consultants.
One final factor that I will note here is that rates can vary significantly based on a specific combination of skills that are expected. For example, if a manager requires a QA tester with Selenium expertise, this specific combination of skills is more rare and thus demands a higher bill rate. The same goes for Embedded technologies combined with other skills such as Java, C++… or a DBA with PERL experience, etc.
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- Definition of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) (infolific.com)