The table below looks at the statistics for Linux skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Linux over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Linux
England / North West
Rank 10 23 20
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -3
Contract jobs citing Linux 236 270 227
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.22% 6.97% 7.20%
As % of the Operating Systems category 43.62% 36.54% 33.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 156 130
Median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 2
Median hourly rate £55.86 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.63% +8.10%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £38.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+5.80% +7.63%

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

Operating Systems Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
541 739 672
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.12% 19.08% 21.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 393 348
Median daily rate £364 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.92% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £185 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £489 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 81 96
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.95 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.88 £40.00 £29.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

Linux
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Linux as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Linux Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Linux
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Linux Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Linux
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017.

Linux Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Linux
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Linux Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Linux
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +12 130 £400 +14.28% 58
Lancashire -3 36 £408 -8.58% 6
Cheshire +5 30 £400 -3.03% 12
Merseyside +17 27 £400 -11.11% 6
Cumbria +12 1 - - 1
Linux
England

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Linux also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Linux.

1 198 (36.46%) Windows
2 191 (35.17%) Unix
3 170 (31.31%) Agile Software Development
4 138 (25.41%) DevOps
5 135 (24.86%) Puppet
6 130 (23.94%) Java
7 125 (23.02%) Red Hat
8 117 (21.55%) Oracle
8 117 (21.55%) Amazon AWS
9 112 (20.63%) Jenkins
10 109 (20.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 105 (19.34%) Python
12 102 (18.78%) SQL
13 96 (17.68%) VMware
14 82 (15.10%) Web Services
14 82 (15.10%) Opscode Chef
15 80 (14.73%) Scrum
16 79 (14.55%) Security Cleared
17 77 (14.18%) Continuous Integration
17 77 (14.18%) Microsoft
18 75 (13.81%) Git (software)
18 75 (13.81%) AIX
19 72 (13.26%) Bash Shell
20 67 (12.34%) SQL Server
21 65 (11.97%) Configuration Management
21 65 (11.97%) Open Source
22 63 (11.60%) SC Cleared
23 61 (11.23%) Perl
24 60 (11.05%) MySQL
24 60 (11.05%) TCP/IP

Linux
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 36 (6.63%) Apache
2 31 (5.71%) WebSphere
3 27 (4.97%) OpenStack
4 17 (3.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 16 (2.95%) MS Exchange
6 15 (2.76%) Tomcat
7 12 (2.21%) nginx
8 11 (2.03%) Confluence
8 11 (2.03%) WebSphere Application Server
9 9 (1.66%) CloudStack
9 9 (1.66%) WebLogic
10 8 (1.47%) CICS
10 8 (1.47%) IIS
10 8 (1.47%) SAS
11 7 (1.29%) JBoss
11 7 (1.29%) Tuxedo
12 5 (0.92%) IBM HTTP Server
12 5 (0.92%) Oracle HTTP Server
13 4 (0.74%) CMS
13 4 (0.74%) Jetty
Applications
1 22 (4.05%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.39%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (1.47%) MS Office
4 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.74%) Magento
2 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 117 (21.55%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (4.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (3.50%) IaaS
3 19 (3.50%) SaaS
4 18 (3.31%) Amazon EC2
5 17 (3.13%) Amazon S3
5 17 (3.13%) PaaS
6 12 (2.21%) AWS CloudFormation
7 9 (1.66%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (1.47%) AWS CloudTrail
9 7 (1.29%) AWS Lambda
9 7 (1.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (1.10%) Amazon EMR
10 6 (1.10%) Slack
11 5 (0.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.92%) Heroku
11 5 (0.92%) Office 365
12 4 (0.74%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 60 (11.05%) TCP/IP
2 59 (10.87%) Firewall
3 46 (8.47%) DNS
4 43 (7.92%) LAN
4 43 (7.92%) WAN
5 39 (7.18%) VPN
6 34 (6.26%) HTTP
7 32 (5.89%) VoIP
8 23 (4.24%) SSL
9 21 (3.87%) DHCP
9 21 (3.87%) LDAP
10 18 (3.31%) SAN
11 15 (2.76%) Network Security
12 14 (2.58%) HTTPS
13 11 (2.03%) iSCSI
14 10 (1.84%) SNMP
15 9 (1.66%) Internet
15 9 (1.66%) SMTP
16 7 (1.29%) Fibre Channel
16 7 (1.29%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (12.34%) SQL Server
2 60 (11.05%) MySQL
3 56 (10.31%) NoSQL
4 45 (8.29%) MongoDB
5 41 (7.55%) Relational Database
6 32 (5.89%) Oracle Database
7 30 (5.52%) Big Data
8 24 (4.42%) DB2
9 18 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
10 17 (3.13%) Redis
11 13 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 12 (2.21%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (2.03%) Hadoop
13 11 (2.03%) Oracle Database 12c
14 9 (1.66%) RDBMS
15 8 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
15 8 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
15 8 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 7 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
16 7 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 112 (20.63%) Jenkins
2 75 (13.81%) Git (software)
3 27 (4.97%) Subversion
4 26 (4.79%) JIRA
5 22 (4.05%) JUnit
6 14 (2.58%) Maven
7 11 (2.03%) Travis CI
8 10 (1.84%) Vagrant
9 9 (1.66%) GoCD
9 9 (1.66%) Gradle
10 8 (1.47%) GitLab
11 7 (1.29%) Hudson
11 7 (1.29%) MSI
12 6 (1.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 6 (1.10%) Eclipse
12 6 (1.10%) Selenium
12 6 (1.10%) Talend Open Studio
13 5 (0.92%) Cucumber
13 5 (0.92%) Jasmine
13 5 (0.92%) Visual Studio
General
1 50 (9.21%) Finance
2 17 (3.13%) Banking
3 9 (1.66%) Retail
4 6 (1.10%) Marketing
5 5 (0.92%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.37%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.18%) Advertising
8 1 (0.18%) Front Office
8 1 (0.18%) Games
8 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 98 (18.05%) Developer
2 77 (14.18%) DevOps Engineer
3 44 (8.10%) Analyst
4 35 (6.45%) Architect
5 33 (6.08%) Linux Engineer
6 31 (5.71%) Java Developer
7 30 (5.52%) Administrator
7 30 (5.52%) Consultant
8 27 (4.97%) DBA
9 23 (4.24%) Systems Administrator
10 20 (3.68%) Software Engineer
11 18 (3.31%) Linux Administrator
12 17 (3.13%) Linux Systems Administrator
13 16 (2.95%) PHP Developer
14 15 (2.76%) Systems Engineer
15 14 (2.58%) Operations Engineer
16 13 (2.39%) AWS Engineer
16 13 (2.39%) Linux/Unix DevOps
16 13 (2.39%) Security Analyst
16 13 (2.39%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (15.10%) Web Services
2 44 (8.10%) RESTful
3 40 (7.37%) JSON
4 39 (7.18%) XML
5 35 (6.45%) REST
6 33 (6.08%) ELK Stack
6 33 (6.08%) Middleware
7 30 (5.52%) HTML
8 27 (4.97%) Node.js
9 24 (4.42%) Spring
10 21 (3.87%) .NET
10 21 (3.87%) J2EE
11 20 (3.68%) CSS
12 17 (3.13%) LAMP
13 13 (2.39%) SOAP
14 12 (2.21%) jQuery
14 12 (2.21%) XSLT
15 10 (1.84%) Hibernate
16 9 (1.66%) Zend Framework
17 8 (1.47%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.73%) Data Centre
2 40 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (2.76%) Cyber Attack
4 14 (2.58%) Clustering
5 13 (2.39%) User Experience
6 12 (2.21%) Tandem
7 11 (2.03%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.29%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.29%) PKI
8 7 (1.29%) Replication
8 7 (1.29%) Wiki
9 6 (1.10%) Oracle Licensing
9 6 (1.10%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.74%) Computer Science
10 4 (0.74%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) SCADA
10 4 (0.74%) Security Operations Centre
11 3 (0.55%) Cryptography
11 3 (0.55%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 198 (36.46%) Windows
2 191 (35.17%) Unix
3 109 (20.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 75 (13.81%) AIX
5 48 (8.84%) CentOS
6 42 (7.73%) Solaris
7 33 (6.08%) Windows Server
8 23 (4.24%) Ubuntu
9 21 (3.87%) HPUX
10 20 (3.68%) Windows XP
11 13 (2.39%) Windows 2000
11 13 (2.39%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (2.21%) Oracle Linux
13 11 (2.03%) Debian
13 11 (2.03%) Windows Server 2012
14 8 (1.47%) Fedora
14 8 (1.47%) SUSE
14 8 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.92%) VME
15 5 (0.92%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (31.31%) Agile Software Development
2 138 (25.41%) DevOps
3 80 (14.73%) Scrum
4 77 (14.18%) Continuous Integration
5 65 (11.97%) Configuration Management
5 65 (11.97%) Open Source
6 57 (10.50%) ITIL
7 55 (10.13%) TDD
8 39 (7.18%) BDD
8 39 (7.18%) Service Management
8 39 (7.18%) Software Engineering
9 38 (7.00%) High Availability
10 37 (6.81%) Kanban
11 34 (6.26%) Migration
11 34 (6.26%) Performance Tuning
12 33 (6.08%) Microservices
13 29 (5.34%) Patch Management
13 29 (5.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 29 (5.34%) Vulnerability Management
14 28 (5.16%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 130 (23.94%) Java
2 105 (19.34%) Python
3 102 (18.78%) SQL
4 72 (13.26%) Bash Shell
5 61 (11.23%) Perl
6 58 (10.68%) Ruby
7 57 (10.50%) JavaScript
8 46 (8.47%) PHP
9 39 (7.18%) Shell Script
10 22 (4.05%) PowerShell
11 20 (3.68%) C++
12 17 (3.13%) C
13 14 (2.58%) Korn
14 11 (2.03%) C#
14 11 (2.03%) Scala
15 7 (1.29%) COBOL
15 7 (1.29%) PL/SQL
15 7 (1.29%) VBScript
16 6 (1.10%) Bourne shell
16 6 (1.10%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 79 (14.55%) Security Cleared
2 63 (11.60%) SC Cleared
3 37 (6.81%) CISSP
4 30 (5.52%) SANS
5 29 (5.34%) SSCP
6 10 (1.84%) Degree
6 10 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
7 8 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.47%) RHCSA
8 7 (1.29%) CCNA
9 6 (1.10%) AWS Certification
10 5 (0.92%) CCDP
11 4 (0.74%) CCDA
12 3 (0.55%) MCSE
12 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.37%) CCIE
13 2 (0.37%) MCSA
13 2 (0.37%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.21%) SLA
2 9 (1.66%) QA
3 8 (1.47%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (1.29%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.18%) SDET
System Software
1 52 (9.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 45 (8.29%) Active Directory
3 34 (6.26%) Docker
4 25 (4.60%) vSphere
5 10 (1.84%) iptables
5 10 (1.84%) Squid
5 10 (1.84%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (1.84%) Xen
6 8 (1.47%) Oracle RAC
6 8 (1.47%) XenServer
7 7 (1.29%) Dovecot
7 7 (1.29%) KVM
7 7 (1.29%) Postfix
7 7 (1.29%) Varnish
8 6 (1.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 5 (0.92%) Sendmail
9 5 (0.92%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 5 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 135 (24.86%) Puppet
2 82 (15.10%) Opscode Chef
3 44 (8.10%) Ansible
4 28 (5.16%) Nagios
5 25 (4.60%) QRadar
6 20 (3.68%) Kibana
7 17 (3.13%) ZABBIX
8 16 (2.95%) SCOM
9 15 (2.76%) Tivoli
10 13 (2.39%) logstash
11 11 (2.03%) Kubernetes
11 11 (2.03%) Red Hat Satellite
12 10 (1.84%) Graphite
12 10 (1.84%) Nessus
12 10 (1.84%) Netcool
13 9 (1.66%) Data Guard
13 9 (1.66%) Ganglia
13 9 (1.66%) Oracle RMAN
14 8 (1.47%) Salt
14 8 (1.47%) Terraform
Vendors
1 125 (23.02%) Red Hat
2 117 (21.55%) Oracle
3 96 (17.68%) VMware
4 77 (14.18%) Microsoft
5 48 (8.84%) IBM
6 34 (6.26%) Splunk
7 31 (5.71%) Apple
8 17 (3.13%) LogRhythm
9 16 (2.95%) Veritas
10 15 (2.76%) HP
11 13 (2.39%) Zend
12 12 (2.21%) CA
12 12 (2.21%) SaltStack
13 11 (2.03%) ArcSight
13 11 (2.03%) Atlassian
13 11 (2.03%) Cisco
14 9 (1.66%) Google
14 9 (1.66%) Intel Security
14 9 (1.66%) NetApp
14 9 (1.66%) Vertica
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