The table below looks at the statistics for Linux skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Linux over the 3 months to 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 20 25 26
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +1
Contract jobs citing Linux 4060 3373 2803
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.29% 6.19% 5.88%
As % of the Operating Systems category 33.08% 28.05% 27.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2474 2054 1702
Average daily rate
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£413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £330
% change year-on-year
- +13.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 102 131
Average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £20.00 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £51.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +13.47%

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

Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12272 12027 10115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.05% 22.08% 21.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 6955 6714 5422
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £504 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1004 1034 993
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.25 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -4.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £36.70 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.38 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-3.90% -

Linux
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Linux Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Linux
Daily Rate Trend

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

Linux Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Linux
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux within the UK over the 3 months to 27 April 2015.

Linux Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Linux
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Linux Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Linux
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux within the UK over the 3 months to 27 April 2015.

Linux Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Linux
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 within the UK over the 3 months to 27 April 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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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 +5 3722 £420 +5.00% 1525
London +1 1721 £463 +3.20% 609
South East +8 799 £380 +4.10% 348
City of London +3 385 £455 +1.16% 204
Hampshire +3 301 £363 +3.57% 94
Yorkshire +7 292 £338 +3.84% 92
East of England +11 230 £355 -11.25% 165
West Yorkshire +14 211 £350 +7.69% 55
North West +16 204 £400 +3.22% 85
South West +6 191 £400 +6.66% 109
Leeds +13 184 £350 +7.69% 40
Scotland -2 181 £375 -6.25% 51
Berkshire +12 161 £400 +17.21% 83
West Midlands +7 135 £325 - 58
Surrey +4 110 £425 +13.33% 62
East Midlands +19 100 £400 +14.28% 44
Oxfordshire +17 93 £375 +16.27% 36
Reading +28 82 £400 - 49
Cambridgeshire +10 82 £325 -10.34% 94
Glasgow +2 78 £388 -3.12% 15
Southampton +4 76 £383 +27.50% 19
Edinburgh -10 72 £375 -6.25% 27
Bristol +22 71 £375 +7.14% 37
Cheshire +4 67 £431 +15.00% 21
Manchester +10 66 £400 - 57
Essex +5 61 £400 -5.88% 15
South Yorkshire +3 59 £300 -7.69% 21
Wales +22 57 £363 +3.57% 13
Hertfordshire +7 57 £375 -6.36% 30
Buckinghamshire -5 56 £419 +28.84% 15

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 2869 (35.79%) UNIX
2 2523 (31.47%) Windows
3 2370 (29.56%) Java
4 1916 (23.90%) Agile Software Development
5 1777 (22.17%) SQL
6 1753 (21.87%) Oracle
7 1468 (18.31%) Python
8 1372 (17.11%) Red Hat
9 1265 (15.78%) Puppet
10 1256 (15.67%) VMware
11 1202 (14.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1200 (14.97%) DevOps
13 1121 (13.98%) Finance
14 1042 (13.00%) Security Cleared
15 1018 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
16 1008 (12.57%) Configuration Management
17 1001 (12.49%) Perl
18 1000 (12.47%) HTML
19 961 (11.99%) JavaScript
20 958 (11.95%) Apache
21 943 (11.76%) Git (software)
22 925 (11.54%) Jenkins
23 898 (11.20%) MySQL
24 893 (11.14%) Web Services
25 805 (10.04%) C++
26 778 (9.70%) Opscode Chef
27 766 (9.55%) Ruby
28 748 (9.33%) Solaris
29 743 (9.27%) Microsoft
30 742 (9.26%) Amazon AWS

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 958 (11.95%) Apache
2 614 (7.66%) Tomcat
3 480 (5.99%) WebSphere
4 411 (5.13%) WebLogic
5 365 (4.55%) JBoss
6 332 (4.14%) IIS
7 216 (2.69%) Node.js
8 206 (2.57%) OpenStack
9 205 (2.56%) nginx
10 165 (2.06%) WebSphere Application Server
11 143 (1.78%) MS Exchange
12 137 (1.71%) Confluence
13 125 (1.56%) SharePoint
14 90 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
15 80 (1.00%) CMS
16 70 (0.87%) Apache Solr
17 64 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
18 58 (0.72%) IBM HTTP Server
19 56 (0.70%) Drupal
20 50 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 326 (4.07%) MS Excel
2 139 (1.73%) MS Office
3 47 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 22 (0.27%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (0.19%) MS Project
6 9 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.087%) Doxygen
7 7 (0.087%) SPSS
8 4 (0.050%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.025%) FrameMaker
9 2 (0.025%) Maya
9 2 (0.025%) ProjectWise
10 1 (0.012%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 52 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
2 35 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
3 34 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 32 (0.40%) RMDS
5 31 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
5 31 (0.39%) BusinessWorks
6 29 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
7 19 (0.24%) Oracle 11i
8 16 (0.20%) Magento
9 15 (0.19%) ION MarketView
10 14 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
11 12 (0.15%) Tridion
12 10 (0.12%) Summit
12 10 (0.12%) TIBCO iProcess
13 9 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
14 8 (0.100%) Markit EDM
15 7 (0.087%) Maximo
16 6 (0.075%) Dynamics NAV
16 6 (0.075%) ResourceLink
16 6 (0.075%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 742 (9.26%) Amazon AWS
2 143 (1.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 128 (1.60%) Amazon EC2
4 115 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
5 111 (1.38%) PaaS
6 108 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
7 95 (1.18%) IaaS
8 69 (0.86%) Amazon S3
9 60 (0.75%) SaaS
10 57 (0.71%) GitHub
11 44 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
12 40 (0.50%) Heroku
13 27 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 25 (0.31%) Office 365
15 23 (0.29%) Google App Engine
15 23 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 18 (0.22%) Amazon SQS
17 17 (0.21%) Engine Yard
18 15 (0.19%) Google Apps
18 15 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 685 (8.54%) Firewall
2 631 (7.87%) TCP/IP
3 552 (6.89%) DNS
4 548 (6.84%) HTTP
5 513 (6.40%) SAN
6 313 (3.90%) SSL
7 311 (3.88%) Internet
8 247 (3.08%) LDAP
9 243 (3.03%) VPN
10 242 (3.02%) DHCP
11 240 (2.99%) LAN
12 233 (2.91%) WAN
13 219 (2.73%) Network Security
14 186 (2.32%) NAS
15 139 (1.73%) IPsec
16 133 (1.66%) BGP
17 123 (1.53%) VLAN
18 121 (1.51%) FTP
19 120 (1.50%) OSPF
20 103 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 898 (11.20%) MySQL
2 674 (8.41%) Relational Database
3 607 (7.57%) SQL Server
4 572 (7.13%) MongoDB
5 488 (6.09%) Oracle Database
6 367 (4.58%) PostgreSQL
7 291 (3.63%) NoSQL
8 275 (3.43%) RDBMS
9 221 (2.76%) Hadoop
10 190 (2.37%) DB2
11 182 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
12 174 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
13 163 (2.03%) Big Data
14 107 (1.33%) Redis
14 107 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
15 87 (1.09%) Neo4j
16 66 (0.82%) Oracle Database 10g
17 63 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
18 55 (0.69%) CouchDB
19 44 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 943 (11.76%) Git (software)
2 925 (11.54%) Jenkins
3 719 (8.97%) Subversion
4 504 (6.29%) Maven
5 345 (4.30%) JIRA
6 296 (3.69%) Ant
7 228 (2.84%) JUnit
8 202 (2.52%) TeamCity
9 187 (2.33%) Cucumber
10 177 (2.21%) Selenium
11 158 (1.97%) Eclipse
12 147 (1.83%) Hudson
13 133 (1.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 108 (1.35%) ClearCase
15 78 (0.97%) Gradle
16 75 (0.94%) Mockito
17 70 (0.87%) Artifactory
18 68 (0.85%) Mercurial
19 65 (0.81%) GoogleTest
20 61 (0.76%) NUnit
General
1 1121 (13.98%) Finance
2 674 (8.41%) Banking
3 280 (3.49%) Investment Banking
4 269 (3.36%) Telecoms
5 246 (3.07%) Front Office
6 171 (2.13%) Retail
7 123 (1.53%) Marketing
8 93 (1.16%) Games
9 85 (1.06%) Manufacturing
10 83 (1.04%) Electronics
11 76 (0.95%) Financial Institution
12 58 (0.72%) Legal
13 55 (0.69%) Publishing
14 47 (0.59%) Back Office
15 25 (0.31%) Law
16 22 (0.27%) Advertising
17 20 (0.25%) Retail Banking
18 18 (0.22%) Automotive
19 12 (0.15%) Military
19 12 (0.15%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2199 (27.43%) Developer
2 751 (9.37%) Java Developer
3 711 (8.87%) DevOps Engineer
4 587 (7.32%) Administrator
5 546 (6.81%) Analyst
6 511 (6.37%) Architect
7 340 (4.24%) Linux Engineer
8 333 (4.15%) Systems Administrator
9 312 (3.89%) Consultant
10 296 (3.69%) Software Engineer
11 273 (3.41%) C++ Developer
12 260 (3.24%) Linux Administrator
13 229 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 220 (2.74%) Linux DevOps Engineer
15 202 (2.52%) Support Analyst
16 187 (2.33%) Support Engineer
17 183 (2.28%) Senior Developer
18 181 (2.26%) Linux Systems Administrator
19 179 (2.23%) DBA
20 177 (2.21%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1000 (12.47%) HTML
2 893 (11.14%) Web Services
3 639 (7.97%) XML
4 554 (6.91%) CSS
5 416 (5.19%) .NET
6 382 (4.76%) Spring
7 376 (4.69%) Middleware
8 374 (4.67%) REST
9 360 (4.49%) J2EE
10 334 (4.17%) HTML5
11 312 (3.89%) jQuery
12 269 (3.36%) SOAP
13 262 (3.27%) Hibernate
14 253 (3.16%) JSON
15 224 (2.79%) RESTful
16 196 (2.44%) LAMP
17 191 (2.38%) Ajax
18 176 (2.20%) Java EE
19 167 (2.08%) JMS
20 163 (2.03%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 583 (7.27%) Open Source
2 575 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
3 313 (3.90%) Clustering
4 230 (2.87%) Computer Science
5 147 (1.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 136 (1.70%) Management Information System
7 132 (1.65%) Derivative
8 107 (1.33%) Replication
8 107 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
9 106 (1.32%) Equities
10 105 (1.31%) Fixed Income
11 97 (1.21%) Client/Server
12 88 (1.10%) Mobile App
13 83 (1.04%) Visualisation
14 80 (1.00%) PKI
15 76 (0.95%) Private Cloud
16 73 (0.91%) Device Driver
17 72 (0.90%) User Experience
18 69 (0.86%) Algorithms
19 59 (0.74%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2869 (35.79%) UNIX
2 2523 (31.47%) Windows
3 1202 (14.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 748 (9.33%) Solaris
5 485 (6.05%) CentOS
6 428 (5.34%) AIX
7 345 (4.30%) Ubuntu
8 338 (4.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 295 (3.68%) Mac OS X
10 242 (3.02%) Windows Server 2012
11 224 (2.79%) Windows Server 2003
12 147 (1.83%) HPUX
13 137 (1.71%) SUSE
14 128 (1.60%) Windows 7
15 116 (1.45%) Android
16 107 (1.33%) Debian
17 84 (1.05%) Apple iOS
18 80 (1.00%) Oracle Linux
19 78 (0.97%) Embedded Linux
20 75 (0.94%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1916 (23.90%) Agile Software Development
2 1200 (14.97%) DevOps
3 1018 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
4 1008 (12.57%) Configuration Management
5 632 (7.88%) TDD
6 621 (7.75%) ITIL
7 603 (7.52%) OO
8 590 (7.36%) Software Engineering
9 557 (6.95%) Scrum
10 467 (5.83%) Migration
11 352 (4.39%) Web Development
12 344 (4.29%) Multithreading
13 335 (4.18%) E-Commerce
14 314 (3.92%) BDD
15 305 (3.80%) SOA
16 302 (3.77%) Load Balancing
17 297 (3.70%) Project Management
18 267 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
19 237 (2.96%) Change Management
20 221 (2.76%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 2370 (29.56%) Java
2 1777 (22.17%) SQL
3 1468 (18.31%) Python
4 1001 (12.49%) Perl
5 961 (11.99%) JavaScript
6 805 (10.04%) C++
7 766 (9.55%) Ruby
8 703 (8.77%) Shell Script
9 689 (8.59%) Bash Shell
10 627 (7.82%) PHP
11 564 (7.04%) C
12 351 (4.38%) C#
13 301 (3.75%) PowerShell
14 262 (3.27%) PL/SQL
15 133 (1.66%) Scala
16 103 (1.28%) Korn
17 81 (1.01%) VB
18 71 (0.89%) Embedded C
19 62 (0.77%) Groovy
20 58 (0.72%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 1042 (13.00%) Security Cleared
2 696 (8.68%) SC Cleared
3 413 (5.15%) Degree
4 288 (3.59%) Cisco Certification
5 268 (3.34%) DV Cleared
6 176 (2.20%) CCNA
7 158 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
8 138 (1.72%) CCNP
9 106 (1.32%) MCSE
10 86 (1.07%) ISEB
11 69 (0.86%) CISSP
12 64 (0.80%) ISTQB
12 64 (0.80%) RHCE
13 61 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 61 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
14 57 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 55 (0.69%) MCITP
16 43 (0.54%) MCP
17 40 (0.50%) CCSE
18 38 (0.47%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (2.74%) QA
2 97 (1.21%) SLA
3 50 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 27 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.21%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.14%) ISO 9001
8 7 (0.087%) COBIT
8 7 (0.087%) ISO 14001
9 6 (0.075%) WCAG
9 6 (0.075%) COREP
10 5 (0.062%) FINREP
11 4 (0.050%) DO-178B
12 3 (0.037%) COSO
12 3 (0.037%) WAI
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.025%) HIPAA
13 2 (0.025%) HL7
14 1 (0.012%) DICOM
14 1 (0.012%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 701 (8.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 504 (6.29%) Active Directory
3 219 (2.73%) vSphere
4 139 (1.73%) Hyper-V
5 117 (1.46%) Docker
6 114 (1.42%) Oracle RAC
7 97 (1.21%) NFS
8 84 (1.05%) VMware ESX
9 80 (1.00%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 80 (1.00%) KVM
10 77 (0.96%) Varnish
11 76 (0.95%) Xen
12 74 (0.92%) Firmware
13 71 (0.89%) Samba
14 70 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
15 67 (0.84%) vCloud
16 54 (0.67%) XenApp
17 43 (0.54%) XenServer
17 43 (0.54%) iptables
18 42 (0.52%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 1265 (15.78%) Puppet
2 778 (9.70%) Opscode Chef
3 327 (4.08%) Ansible
4 250 (3.12%) Nagios
5 151 (1.88%) Salt
6 123 (1.53%) Tivoli
7 109 (1.36%) Vagrant
8 104 (1.30%) ZABBIX
9 70 (0.87%) SCCM
10 68 (0.85%) Graphite
11 64 (0.80%) NetBackup
12 62 (0.77%) Cobbler
13 61 (0.76%) Data Guard
14 59 (0.74%) HAProxy
15 54 (0.67%) SCOM
15 54 (0.67%) Oracle RMAN
16 52 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
17 49 (0.61%) Control-M
18 46 (0.57%) Kibana
19 45 (0.56%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 1753 (21.87%) Oracle
2 1372 (17.11%) Red Hat
3 1256 (15.67%) VMware
4 743 (9.27%) Microsoft
5 623 (7.77%) Cisco
6 463 (5.78%) HP
7 453 (5.65%) IBM
8 281 (3.51%) Citrix
9 232 (2.89%) NetApp
10 202 (2.52%) F5
11 190 (2.37%) EMC
12 176 (2.20%) Sun
13 175 (2.18%) TIBCO
14 174 (2.17%) CheckPoint
15 173 (2.16%) Sybase
16 168 (2.10%) Veritas
17 142 (1.77%) Splunk
18 125 (1.56%) Juniper
19 108 (1.35%) Google
20 107 (1.33%) SAP
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Chichester, West Sussex
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London
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