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 28 April 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Linux Support
Rank 583 567 572
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Support 61 74 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.14% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 46 37
Average daily rate £315 £328 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.81% -12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £223 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £295 £358
% change year-on-year
-13.55% -17.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 1
Average hourly rate £13.25 £37.09 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-64.27% +85.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £8.50 £37.09 -
% change year-on-year
-77.07% -

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
53023 52764 51440
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.73% 94.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 34537 31962 31273
Average daily rate £425 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £553 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1533 2112 2096
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.90 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.70 £17.45
% change year-on-year
+4.79% -4.29%

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 28 April 2016.

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 28 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -27 60 £315 -7.35% 37
London +13 31 £358 -31.90% 20
South East -3 17 £203 -42.14% 12
Berkshire +6 12 £150 -57.14% 5
Reading -6 8 £148 +18.00% 3
North East -28 5 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -29 5 - -
Tyne and Wear -30 5 - -
Buckinghamshire +16 3 £425 -
North West -8 3 £325 - 3
Cheshire - 3 £325 -
Wokingham - 3 - - 1
Hampshire +4 2 £294 -16.37% 1
Knutsford - 2 £280 -
Winchester - 2 £294 -
City of London +38 1 £438 +34.09% 8
South West +6 1 - -
Gloucestershire +5 1 - -
Milton Keynes +5 1 £425 -
East of England +2 1 £170 -47.69% 2
Cambridgeshire +2 1 £170 -47.69% 1
Cambridge -3 1 £170 -47.69% 1
Edinburgh -7 1 - -
Yorkshire -7 1 £375 +66.66%
West Yorkshire -10 1 £375 +66.66%
West Midlands -14 1 - -
Leeds -15 1 £375 +66.66%
Scotland -28 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Gloucester - 1 - -

Linux Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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.

1 137 (100.00%) Linux
2 69 (50.36%) Unix
2 69 (50.36%) Windows
3 43 (31.39%) SQL
4 38 (27.74%) Red Hat
5 37 (27.01%) Perl
6 34 (24.82%) Active Directory
7 33 (24.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 31 (22.63%) Oracle
9 30 (21.90%) Finance
9 30 (21.90%) Windows Server
10 28 (20.44%) Python
10 28 (20.44%) Incident Management
11 27 (19.71%) VMware
11 27 (19.71%) ITIL
12 19 (13.87%) HP
12 19 (13.87%) Shell Script
13 18 (13.14%) Apache
14 17 (12.41%) SLA
14 17 (12.41%) Windows Server 2008
14 17 (12.41%) Splunk
15 16 (11.68%) JBoss
15 16 (11.68%) MySQL
15 16 (11.68%) Nagios
16 15 (10.95%) Remedy
16 15 (10.95%) Firewall
16 15 (10.95%) Solaris
16 15 (10.95%) Microsoft
16 15 (10.95%) Windows Server 2012
17 14 (10.22%) DNS

Linux Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 18 (13.14%) Apache
2 16 (11.68%) JBoss
3 13 (9.49%) Tomcat
4 11 (8.03%) WebLogic
5 8 (5.84%) MS Exchange
6 7 (5.11%) nginx
6 7 (5.11%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.46%) IIS
7 2 (1.46%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.46%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.73%) Confluence
8 1 (0.73%) Documentum
8 1 (0.73%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.73%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (2.92%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.46%) MS Office
3 1 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.73%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.46%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.03%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.73%) IaaS
3 1 (0.73%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.95%) Firewall
2 14 (10.22%) DNS
2 14 (10.22%) LDAP
3 13 (9.49%) TCP/IP
4 9 (6.57%) SSH
4 9 (6.57%) SSL
5 8 (5.84%) HTTP
5 8 (5.84%) SMTP
6 6 (4.38%) SAN
7 4 (2.92%) Multicast
7 4 (2.92%) OpenLDAP
8 3 (2.19%) Internet
9 2 (1.46%) BIG-IP
9 2 (1.46%) Cisco IOS
9 2 (1.46%) Kerberos
9 2 (1.46%) NetScaler
10 1 (0.73%) FTP
10 1 (0.73%) VPN
10 1 (0.73%) WebEx
10 1 (0.73%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (11.68%) MySQL
2 12 (8.76%) Relational Database
2 12 (8.76%) SQL Server
3 9 (6.57%) Oracle Database
4 5 (3.65%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (3.65%) Oracle BI EE
5 3 (2.19%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (2.19%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (2.19%) Sybase ASE
6 2 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.46%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.73%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (1.46%) Subversion
2 1 (0.73%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.73%) IntelliJ
2 1 (0.73%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.73%) JIRA
2 1 (0.73%) JUnit
2 1 (0.73%) Maven
2 1 (0.73%) Oracle APEX
General
1 30 (21.90%) Finance
2 8 (5.84%) Banking
3 4 (2.92%) Front Office
4 3 (2.19%) Back Office
4 3 (2.19%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.46%) Retail
5 2 (1.46%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.73%) Electronics
6 1 (0.73%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.73%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.76%) Web Services
2 10 (7.30%) LAMP
2 10 (7.30%) XML
3 9 (6.57%) HTML
3 9 (6.57%) JSON
3 9 (6.57%) Regular Expression
4 7 (5.11%) LEMP Stack
4 7 (5.11%) MCollective
5 3 (2.19%) Rendezvous
5 3 (2.19%) SAML
6 2 (1.46%) Java EE
7 1 (0.73%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.73%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.38%) Clustering
1 6 (4.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 5 (3.65%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.92%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.92%) Replication
4 3 (2.19%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.19%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.46%) Equities
5 2 (1.46%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.46%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.46%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.73%) Cryptography
6 1 (0.73%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.73%) Derivative
6 1 (0.73%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.73%) HACMP
6 1 (0.73%) PKI
6 1 (0.73%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.73%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 137 (100.00%) Linux
2 69 (50.36%) Unix
2 69 (50.36%) Windows
3 33 (24.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 30 (21.90%) Windows Server
5 17 (12.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (10.95%) Solaris
6 15 (10.95%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (9.49%) AIX
7 13 (9.49%) Windows 7
8 9 (6.57%) CentOS
8 9 (6.57%) HPUX
9 7 (5.11%) Windows XP
10 5 (3.65%) Oracle Linux
11 3 (2.19%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.19%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.46%) Debian
12 2 (1.46%) Fedora
12 2 (1.46%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.46%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (20.44%) Incident Management
2 27 (19.71%) ITIL
3 12 (8.76%) High Availability
4 11 (8.03%) Time Management
5 10 (7.30%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (7.30%) Configuration Management
6 9 (6.57%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (5.11%) DevOps
8 5 (3.65%) ITIL V3
8 5 (3.65%) Mentoring
9 4 (2.92%) Change Management
9 4 (2.92%) Defect Management
9 4 (2.92%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 4 (2.92%) Validation
10 3 (2.19%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (2.19%) Electronic Trading
10 3 (2.19%) Line Management
10 3 (2.19%) Network Design
10 3 (2.19%) Project Management
10 3 (2.19%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (31.39%) SQL
2 37 (27.01%) Perl
3 28 (20.44%) Python
4 19 (13.87%) Shell Script
5 14 (10.22%) Java
6 11 (8.03%) Bash Shell
7 9 (6.57%) C#
7 9 (6.57%) C++
8 6 (4.38%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.92%) AWK
9 4 (2.92%) Korn
9 4 (2.92%) PHP
9 4 (2.92%) sed
10 2 (1.46%) Ruby
11 1 (0.73%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (7.30%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (6.57%) Degree
3 8 (5.84%) CCNA
4 7 (5.11%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.11%) Security Cleared
5 6 (4.38%) HNC
5 6 (4.38%) MCSE
5 6 (4.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (4.38%) RHCSA
6 2 (1.46%) CCNP
7 1 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (12.41%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (24.82%) Active Directory
2 12 (8.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (5.11%) qmail
3 7 (5.11%) Squid
4 6 (4.38%) NFS
4 6 (4.38%) VMware ESX
5 4 (2.92%) Samba
5 4 (2.92%) XenApp
6 3 (2.19%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.19%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (2.19%) vSphere
7 2 (1.46%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (1.46%) XenServer
8 1 (0.73%) iptables
8 1 (0.73%) OpenSSH
8 1 (0.73%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.73%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 16 (11.68%) Nagios
2 11 (8.03%) Puppet
3 7 (5.11%) Cacti
3 7 (5.11%) collectd
3 7 (5.11%) Ganglia
3 7 (5.11%) Graphite
3 7 (5.11%) logstash
3 7 (5.11%) ZABBIX
4 5 (3.65%) SCCM
5 4 (2.92%) NetBackup
6 3 (2.19%) Data Guard
6 3 (2.19%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (1.46%) OpenView
8 1 (0.73%) Control-M
8 1 (0.73%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.73%) NetVault Backup
8 1 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.73%) Plesk
8 1 (0.73%) vRealize
8 1 (0.73%) yum
Vendors
1 38 (27.74%) Red Hat
2 31 (22.63%) Oracle
3 27 (19.71%) VMware
4 19 (13.87%) HP
5 17 (12.41%) Splunk
6 15 (10.95%) Microsoft
6 15 (10.95%) Remedy
7 7 (5.11%) Cisco
8 6 (4.38%) IBM
9 5 (3.65%) Avaya
9 5 (3.65%) CheckPoint
9 5 (3.65%) Citrix
9 5 (3.65%) Siebel
10 4 (2.92%) Altiris
10 4 (2.92%) SAP
10 4 (2.92%) Sybase
11 3 (2.19%) F5
11 3 (2.19%) TIBCO
12 2 (1.46%) ION Trading
12 2 (1.46%) NetApp
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