The table below looks at the statistics for Linux skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Linux over the 3 months to 22 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 26 19 24
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +5
Contract jobs citing Linux 45 61 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 5.60% 6.68% 6.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 24.73% 23.46% 24.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 23 24
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£375 £325 £366
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -11.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £272 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £461 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £13.25 £45.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-70.55% +181.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -2.66%
Linux
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Operating Systems Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
182 260 222
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 22.67% 28.48% 25.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 96 102
Average daily rate £375 £315 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.04% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 42 19
Average hourly rate £16.84 £31.56 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.63% +125.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £36.52 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.73% -11.76%

Linux
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Linux across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Linux Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Linux
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Linux across the Cheshire region.

Linux Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Linux
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 October 2014.

Linux Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Linux
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Linux across the Cheshire region.

Linux Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Linux
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +2 9 £388 -8.82% 1
Warrington -14 9 £388 +19.23% 10
Knutsford +4 6 £325 +19.70% 4
Runcorn +2 5 £430 - 2
Daresbury - 1 - - 1
Macclesfield - - - -
Nantwich - - - -
Northwich - - - - 2
Wilmslow - - - - 4
Winsford - - - -
Crewe - - - - 1
Linux
North West

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Linux also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Linux.

1 56 (45.90%) Windows
2 46 (37.70%) UNIX
3 37 (30.33%) SQL
4 36 (29.51%) Java
5 30 (24.59%) Agile Software Development
6 29 (23.77%) JavaScript
7 25 (20.49%) VMware
8 23 (18.85%) TDD
8 23 (18.85%) Finance
8 23 (18.85%) Oracle
8 23 (18.85%) Python
8 23 (18.85%) Red Hat
9 22 (18.03%) PHP
9 22 (18.03%) HTML
9 22 (18.03%) Firewall
10 21 (17.21%) Active Directory
10 21 (17.21%) Windows Server 2008
10 21 (17.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 20 (16.39%) BDD
11 20 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (16.39%) C#
12 19 (15.57%) C++
12 19 (15.57%) CSS
12 19 (15.57%) NoSQL
13 18 (14.75%) Open Source
13 18 (14.75%) Ruby
14 17 (13.93%) JSON
14 17 (13.93%) Web Services
15 16 (13.11%) XML
15 16 (13.11%) AIX

Linux
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Linux also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Linux. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (8.20%) Apache
1 10 (8.20%) CMS
2 9 (7.38%) Tomcat
2 9 (7.38%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.56%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.92%) IIS
4 6 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2003
4 6 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (4.10%) WebSphere
6 4 (3.28%) WebLogic
6 4 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.46%) Apache Solr
7 3 (2.46%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (2.46%) SAS
7 3 (2.46%) iPlanet
8 2 (1.64%) WebLogic Integration
8 2 (1.64%) OpenStack
8 2 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.64%) Lync
8 2 (1.64%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (3.28%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.64%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.64%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 22 (18.03%) Firewall
2 11 (9.02%) TCP/IP
3 9 (7.38%) DNS
4 7 (5.74%) DHCP
5 4 (3.28%) HTTP
6 3 (2.46%) FTP
6 3 (2.46%) TACACS
7 2 (1.64%) DMZ
7 2 (1.64%) SAN
7 2 (1.64%) H.323
7 2 (1.64%) PSTN
7 2 (1.64%) VoIP
7 2 (1.64%) LDAP
7 2 (1.64%) MGW
7 2 (1.64%) Network Security
8 1 (0.82%) SMTP
8 1 (0.82%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.57%) NoSQL
2 10 (8.20%) MySQL
3 9 (7.38%) Relational Database
3 9 (7.38%) SQL Server
4 7 (5.74%) RDBMS
5 6 (4.92%) DB2
6 4 (3.28%) Oracle Database
7 3 (2.46%) Redis
8 2 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (1.64%) MS Access
8 2 (1.64%) Couchbase
8 2 (1.64%) CouchDB
9 1 (0.82%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.82%) Hazelcast
9 1 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 8 (6.56%) Subversion
1 8 (6.56%) Git (software)
2 5 (4.10%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.46%) LoadRunner
4 2 (1.64%) Maven
4 2 (1.64%) JIRA
5 1 (0.82%) OpenSTA
5 1 (0.82%) LoadUI
5 1 (0.82%) Gradle
5 1 (0.82%) JMeter
5 1 (0.82%) Ant
General
1 23 (18.85%) Finance
2 12 (9.84%) Banking
3 5 (4.10%) Retail
4 3 (2.46%) Marketing
5 2 (1.64%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.64%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.82%) Advertising
6 1 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (27.05%) Developer
2 12 (9.84%) Java Developer
3 9 (7.38%) Analyst
4 8 (6.56%) Consultant
4 8 (6.56%) Senior Developer
5 7 (5.74%) Administrator
6 6 (4.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (4.92%) Implementation Engineer
6 6 (4.92%) Avaya Engineer
7 5 (4.10%) UNIX Engineer
7 5 (4.10%) Server Engineer
8 4 (3.28%) Architect
8 4 (3.28%) Support Analyst
8 4 (3.28%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.28%) Windows Server Engineer
8 4 (3.28%) VMware Engineer
9 3 (2.46%) Firewall Engineer
9 3 (2.46%) Java/J2EE Developer
9 3 (2.46%) Linux Administrator
9 3 (2.46%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (18.03%) HTML
2 19 (15.57%) CSS
3 17 (13.93%) JSON
3 17 (13.93%) Web Services
4 16 (13.11%) XML
5 13 (10.66%) RESTful
6 10 (8.20%) XHTML
7 7 (5.74%) REST
7 7 (5.74%) Ajax
7 7 (5.74%) .NET
8 5 (4.10%) YUI
8 5 (4.10%) LAMP
8 5 (4.10%) J2EE
8 5 (4.10%) Middleware
9 4 (3.28%) .NET Framework
10 3 (2.46%) Play Framework
10 3 (2.46%) Kafka
10 3 (2.46%) Akka
10 3 (2.46%) Spring
11 2 (1.64%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.75%) Open Source
2 10 (8.20%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.28%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.46%) Wiki
4 3 (2.46%) Statistics
4 3 (2.46%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.64%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.64%) Clustering
5 2 (1.64%) Replication
5 2 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.82%) Social Media
6 1 (0.82%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.82%) LPAR
6 1 (0.82%) User Experience
6 1 (0.82%) Chemistry
6 1 (0.82%) Biology
6 1 (0.82%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.82%) Life Science
6 1 (0.82%) GIS
6 1 (0.82%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 56 (45.90%) Windows
2 46 (37.70%) UNIX
3 21 (17.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (17.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 20 (16.39%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (13.11%) AIX
5 16 (13.11%) Solaris
6 8 (6.56%) CentOS
7 6 (4.92%) Windows XP
7 6 (4.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (4.92%) Windows 7
8 3 (2.46%) HPUX
9 2 (1.64%) SUSE
10 1 (0.82%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.82%) Android
10 1 (0.82%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (24.59%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (18.85%) TDD
3 20 (16.39%) BDD
4 16 (13.11%) Unit Testing
5 15 (12.30%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (9.84%) Mentoring
7 8 (6.56%) Capacity Planning
8 7 (5.74%) MVC
8 7 (5.74%) Information Security
8 7 (5.74%) ITIL
9 6 (4.92%) Configuration Management
9 6 (4.92%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (4.92%) Performance Tuning
10 5 (4.10%) Performance Testing
10 5 (4.10%) Web Development
10 5 (4.10%) Software Engineering
10 5 (4.10%) OO
11 4 (3.28%) SIEM
12 3 (2.46%) Waterfall
12 3 (2.46%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 37 (30.33%) SQL
2 36 (29.51%) Java
3 29 (23.77%) JavaScript
4 23 (18.85%) Python
5 22 (18.03%) PHP
6 20 (16.39%) C#
7 19 (15.57%) C++
8 18 (14.75%) Ruby
9 15 (12.30%) Scala
10 13 (10.66%) Perl
11 12 (9.84%) Shell Script
12 5 (4.10%) PL/SQL
13 3 (2.46%) PHP5
13 3 (2.46%) VB
14 2 (1.64%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 2 (1.64%) Bash Shell
15 1 (0.82%) R
15 1 (0.82%) TypeScript
15 1 (0.82%) sed
15 1 (0.82%) XPath
Qualifications
1 15 (12.30%) SC Cleared
1 15 (12.30%) Security Cleared
2 8 (6.56%) CISSP
3 6 (4.92%) Degree
4 4 (3.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (2.46%) CEH
5 3 (2.46%) GCIA
5 3 (2.46%) GCIH
5 3 (2.46%) ISEB
6 2 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.64%) PhD
6 2 (1.64%) CISM
6 2 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (1.64%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.10%) QA
2 4 (3.28%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 21 (17.21%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.92%) VMware ESX
2 6 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (4.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.64%) GPFS
4 2 (1.64%) XenApp
4 2 (1.64%) vSphere
5 1 (0.82%) PowerHA
5 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 4 (3.28%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (3.28%) Puppet
2 3 (2.46%) Nessus
3 2 (1.64%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.64%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.64%) Vagrant
3 2 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.64%) SCCM
3 2 (1.64%) YUM
4 1 (0.82%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.82%) SCOM
4 1 (0.82%) Ganglia
4 1 (0.82%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.82%) Foglight
4 1 (0.82%) Nagios
4 1 (0.82%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 25 (20.49%) VMware
2 23 (18.85%) Oracle
2 23 (18.85%) Red Hat
3 15 (12.30%) Microsoft
4 13 (10.66%) HP
5 9 (7.38%) Citrix
6 8 (6.56%) Sun
7 7 (5.74%) Cyber-Ark
7 7 (5.74%) Verint
7 7 (5.74%) Avaya
8 6 (4.92%) BMC
8 6 (4.92%) Sophos
8 6 (4.92%) SonicWALL
8 6 (4.92%) Draytek
9 5 (4.10%) Cisco
10 4 (3.28%) IBM
10 4 (3.28%) ArcSight
11 3 (2.46%) F5
11 3 (2.46%) Fortinet
11 3 (2.46%) SAP
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