The table below looks at the statistics for the Linux Support role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Linux Support in their job title over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux Support
Rank 548 534 506
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Support 35 19 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.039% 0.074%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.074% 0.043% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 16 14
Average daily rate
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£333 £525 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.66% +75.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £434 £525 £522
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
-22.41% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £27.50 £18.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.64% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Linux Support
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Linux Support in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Linux Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Linux Support
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Linux Support within the UK.

Linux Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Linux Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux Support within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Linux Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Linux Support
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Linux Support within the UK.

Linux Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Linux Support
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux Support within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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
England -2 35 £333 -36.66% 14
London -6 13 £375 -28.57% 9
Yorkshire 0 8 £175 -12.50%
West Yorkshire - 8 £175 -
Leeds - 8 £175 -
South East 0 7 £403 +6.76% 2
Berkshire +4 3 £403 +6.76% 2
Surrey - 3 - -
Bracknell - 2 £403 - 1
South West - 2 £333 - 1
East of England - 2 £190 -
Reading +7 1 - - 1
Marlow - 1 - -
Woking - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
North West - 1 - - 1
Farnborough - - - -
Scotland - - - -
Cornwall - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Somerset - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Wiltshire - - - - 1
City of London - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
Sheffield - - - -

Linux Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Linux Support in their job title 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 with Linux Support in their job title.

1 75 (100.00%) Linux
2 48 (64.00%) Red Hat
3 41 (54.67%) UNIX
4 35 (46.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 34 (45.33%) Windows
6 22 (29.33%) VMware
7 19 (25.33%) Incident Management
8 15 (20.00%) DNS
9 13 (17.33%) Citrix
9 13 (17.33%) Perl
9 13 (17.33%) SQL
9 13 (17.33%) ITIL
9 13 (17.33%) Apache
9 13 (17.33%) Python
10 12 (16.00%) SAN
10 12 (16.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (14.67%) CentOS
11 11 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
11 11 (14.67%) Firewall
12 10 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
13 9 (12.00%) Ubuntu
13 9 (12.00%) NetBackup
13 9 (12.00%) Nagios
13 9 (12.00%) Oracle
14 8 (10.67%) DHCP
14 8 (10.67%) HP
14 8 (10.67%) EMC
14 8 (10.67%) TCP/IP
14 8 (10.67%) Puppet
15 7 (9.33%) Load Balancing

Linux Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Linux Support in their job title 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 with Linux Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (17.33%) Apache
2 5 (6.67%) nginx
3 4 (5.33%) Tomcat
3 4 (5.33%) SharePoint
3 4 (5.33%) MS Exchange
3 4 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (4.00%) JBoss
5 2 (2.67%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.33%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.33%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (1.33%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.33%) IIS
6 1 (1.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 4 (5.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.67%) Amazon EC2
1 5 (6.67%) Amazon S3
1 5 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.33%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 15 (20.00%) DNS
2 12 (16.00%) SAN
3 11 (14.67%) Firewall
4 8 (10.67%) DHCP
4 8 (10.67%) TCP/IP
5 5 (6.67%) Multicast
6 3 (4.00%) SSH
6 3 (4.00%) FTP
6 3 (4.00%) SMTP
7 2 (2.67%) HTTP
7 2 (2.67%) VLAN
8 1 (1.33%) IMAP
8 1 (1.33%) tcpdump
8 1 (1.33%) NAS
8 1 (1.33%) POP3
8 1 (1.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (9.33%) MySQL
2 5 (6.67%) MongoDB
2 5 (6.67%) NoSQL
3 3 (4.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.67%) MariaDB
5 1 (1.33%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.33%) DB2
5 1 (1.33%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
General
1 5 (6.67%) Banking
1 5 (6.67%) Finance
2 3 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.33%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.00%) FIX Protocol
2 5 (6.67%) libvirt
2 5 (6.67%) Rendezvous
3 3 (4.00%) Web Services
4 2 (2.67%) LAMP
5 1 (1.33%) Regular Expression
5 1 (1.33%) Application Packaging
5 1 (1.33%) Middleware
5 1 (1.33%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.33%) Clustering
2 6 (8.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 5 (6.67%) Fixed Income
4 3 (4.00%) Fat Client
4 3 (4.00%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.67%) NHS
5 2 (2.67%) Open Source
5 2 (2.67%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.33%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (1.33%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.33%) Statistics
6 1 (1.33%) Chemistry
6 1 (1.33%) Biology
6 1 (1.33%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.33%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.33%) Equities
6 1 (1.33%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 75 (100.00%) Linux
2 41 (54.67%) UNIX
3 35 (46.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 34 (45.33%) Windows
5 12 (16.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (14.67%) CentOS
6 11 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (12.00%) Ubuntu
8 7 (9.33%) Windows 7
9 5 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (6.67%) Debian
10 4 (5.33%) Solaris
11 2 (2.67%) Mac OS X
12 1 (1.33%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 1 (1.33%) AIX
12 1 (1.33%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (25.33%) Incident Management
2 13 (17.33%) ITIL
3 7 (9.33%) Load Balancing
3 7 (9.33%) E-Commerce
4 6 (8.00%) Time Management
4 6 (8.00%) Capacity Management
4 6 (8.00%) Low Latency
5 5 (6.67%) Electronic Trading
5 5 (6.67%) Change Management
5 5 (6.67%) Project Management
6 4 (5.33%) Service Management
7 3 (4.00%) Software Deployment
7 3 (4.00%) Workflow
8 2 (2.67%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (2.67%) Performance Management
8 2 (2.67%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (2.67%) Performance Monitoring
8 2 (2.67%) SIEM
8 2 (2.67%) DevOps
9 1 (1.33%) Change Data Capture
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.33%) Perl
1 13 (17.33%) SQL
1 13 (17.33%) Python
2 6 (8.00%) Shell Script
3 3 (4.00%) Ruby
4 2 (2.67%) VB
4 2 (2.67%) PHP
4 2 (2.67%) C
4 2 (2.67%) Korn
4 2 (2.67%) Bourne shell
5 1 (1.33%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 6 (8.00%) MCSE
1 6 (8.00%) HNC
1 6 (8.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (5.33%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.00%) RHCSA
3 3 (4.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.00%) CCNA
3 3 (4.00%) CCA
3 3 (4.00%) Citrix Certification
3 3 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.33%) LPIC
4 1 (1.33%) Degree
4 1 (1.33%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (9.33%) Active Directory
3 6 (8.00%) XenApp
4 5 (6.67%) Docker
4 5 (6.67%) Xen
4 5 (6.67%) XenDesktop
4 5 (6.67%) Postfix
4 5 (6.67%) Sendmail
5 4 (5.33%) NFS
6 2 (2.67%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (2.67%) Squid
7 1 (1.33%) VirtualBox
7 1 (1.33%) RHEV
7 1 (1.33%) KVM
7 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.33%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (1.33%) vSphere
7 1 (1.33%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 9 (12.00%) NetBackup
1 9 (12.00%) Nagios
2 8 (10.67%) Puppet
3 5 (6.67%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (6.67%) Salt
4 2 (2.67%) ZABBIX
4 2 (2.67%) yum
4 2 (2.67%) HAProxy
4 2 (2.67%) SELinux
5 1 (1.33%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 48 (64.00%) Red Hat
2 22 (29.33%) VMware
3 13 (17.33%) Citrix
4 9 (12.00%) Oracle
5 8 (10.67%) HP
5 8 (10.67%) EMC
6 7 (9.33%) Microsoft
6 7 (9.33%) Altiris
7 6 (8.00%) Veritas
7 6 (8.00%) TIBCO
8 5 (6.67%) Splunk
8 5 (6.67%) MarketAxess
8 5 (6.67%) Hitachi
8 5 (6.67%) Cisco
8 5 (6.67%) Reuters
8 5 (6.67%) eSpeed
9 4 (5.33%) Remedy
9 4 (5.33%) Isilon
10 2 (2.67%) Symantec
10 2 (2.67%) Brocade
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