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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 20 22 21
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Linux 4383 3978 3443
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.38% 7.15% 6.54%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.48% 31.80% 28.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 2737 2547 2090
Average daily rate
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£425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £551 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 164 108 113
Average hourly rate £37.50 £34.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £13.00 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.92 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £34.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+10.14% -8.00%

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
12712 12509 11893
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.40% 22.48% 22.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 7505 7119 6629
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £163 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 987 1066 1015
Average hourly rate £16.95 £15.88 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.77% -3.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 0 4014 £425 +6.25% 1399
London -4 1933 £450 +2.56% 577
South East +3 782 £375 +7.14% 269
City of London -1 457 £475 - 159
Yorkshire +11 301 £400 - 109
East of England +12 277 £400 - 133
South West -5 234 £425 +13.33% 99
West Yorkshire +4 222 £405 +1.25% 76
Hampshire +1 219 £375 +7.14% 55
North West -12 204 £400 +6.66% 96
Leeds +7 190 £411 +17.50% 63
Surrey +10 179 £375 +3.44% 55
Scotland +7 167 £375 +4.16% 44
Berkshire +8 163 £400 +14.28% 69
North East +20 157 £475 +80.60% 23
Tyne and Wear +16 142 £475 +93.08% 19
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 137 £475 +93.08% 18
Cambridgeshire +3 106 £400 +3.22% 86
Wales +11 99 £375 +7.14% 21
Cambridge +1 89 £400 - 72
West Midlands -9 86 £381 +17.30% 43
Buckinghamshire +24 80 £463 +42.30% 16
South Wales +11 77 £375 +20.96% 18
Manchester -14 77 £388 +5.44% 48
Essex +1 74 £400 -7.51% 10
Reading 0 73 £420 +18.30% 36
Edinburgh +16 71 £390 +0.64% 26
Glasgow +6 65 £350 -12.50% 14
Cardiff +6 65 £375 +25.00% 16
Cheshire -11 62 £438 +12.90% 22

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 2958 (35.40%) UNIX
2 2711 (32.44%) Windows
3 2448 (29.29%) Java
4 1961 (23.47%) Oracle
5 1933 (23.13%) SQL
6 1866 (22.33%) Agile Software Development
7 1500 (17.95%) Python
8 1445 (17.29%) Red Hat
9 1364 (16.32%) VMware
10 1334 (15.96%) Finance
11 1303 (15.59%) Puppet
12 1299 (15.54%) DevOps
13 1254 (15.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1168 (13.98%) Perl
15 1083 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
16 1068 (12.78%) JavaScript
17 1043 (12.48%) Jenkins
18 1008 (12.06%) HTML
19 1005 (12.03%) MySQL
20 979 (11.71%) Git (software)
21 950 (11.37%) Configuration Management
22 915 (10.95%) Security Cleared
23 910 (10.89%) Apache
24 891 (10.66%) Microsoft
25 887 (10.61%) Opscode Chef
26 862 (10.31%) C++
27 836 (10.00%) Web Services
28 835 (9.99%) Amazon AWS
29 821 (9.82%) Solaris
30 787 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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
1 910 (10.89%) Apache
2 631 (7.55%) Tomcat
3 506 (6.05%) WebSphere
4 448 (5.36%) JBoss
5 356 (4.26%) IIS
6 328 (3.92%) WebLogic
7 240 (2.87%) Node.js
8 237 (2.84%) nginx
9 196 (2.35%) Confluence
10 167 (2.00%) OpenStack
11 164 (1.96%) WebSphere Application Server
12 151 (1.81%) SharePoint
13 130 (1.56%) MS Exchange
14 93 (1.11%) Jetty
15 91 (1.09%) CMS
16 84 (1.01%) Drupal
17 72 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
18 64 (0.77%) SAS
19 53 (0.63%) WordPress
20 51 (0.61%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 350 (4.19%) MS Excel
2 189 (2.26%) MS Office
3 83 (0.99%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.36%) MS Project
5 27 (0.32%) MS PowerPoint
6 18 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.22%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.048%) GIMP
9 3 (0.036%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.036%) HipChat
9 3 (0.036%) Maya
10 2 (0.024%) SPSS
10 2 (0.024%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.024%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.012%) ProjectWise
11 1 (0.012%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.012%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 53 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
2 42 (0.50%) Oracle BPM
3 34 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 29 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
5 28 (0.34%) Magento
6 27 (0.32%) BusinessWorks
7 25 (0.30%) Maximo
7 25 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 21 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
9 17 (0.20%) RMDS
10 15 (0.18%) Tridion
11 11 (0.13%) Oracle BRM
12 10 (0.12%) ION MarketView
12 10 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
13 9 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
13 9 (0.11%) Summit
14 8 (0.096%) Adobe Campaign
15 7 (0.084%) Oracle 11i
16 6 (0.072%) Cognos Business Intelligence
17 5 (0.060%) Loan IQ
Cloud Services
1 835 (9.99%) Amazon AWS
2 165 (1.97%) Cloud Computing
3 153 (1.83%) Amazon EC2
4 152 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
5 113 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
6 100 (1.20%) IaaS
7 90 (1.08%) AWS CloudFormation
8 76 (0.91%) SaaS
9 67 (0.80%) Google App Engine
9 67 (0.80%) GitHub
10 64 (0.77%) PaaS
11 55 (0.66%) Amazon S3
12 38 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 35 (0.42%) Amazon SQS
13 35 (0.42%) Office 365
13 35 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 21 (0.25%) Google Analytics
14 21 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
15 19 (0.23%) Heroku
16 18 (0.22%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 710 (8.50%) Firewall
2 614 (7.35%) TCP/IP
3 552 (6.61%) DNS
4 534 (6.39%) HTTP
5 528 (6.32%) SAN
6 347 (4.15%) SSL
7 328 (3.92%) Internet
8 293 (3.51%) LDAP
9 263 (3.15%) LAN
10 252 (3.02%) WAN
11 243 (2.91%) DHCP
12 214 (2.56%) VPN
13 208 (2.49%) NAS
14 180 (2.15%) Network Security
15 167 (2.00%) FTP
16 152 (1.82%) IPsec
17 132 (1.58%) Wireless
18 119 (1.42%) SNMP
19 112 (1.34%) VLAN
20 109 (1.30%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1005 (12.03%) MySQL
2 759 (9.08%) SQL Server
3 707 (8.46%) Relational Database
4 604 (7.23%) Oracle Database
5 506 (6.05%) MongoDB
6 454 (5.43%) PostgreSQL
7 274 (3.28%) Hadoop
8 271 (3.24%) DB2
9 260 (3.11%) RDBMS
10 245 (2.93%) NoSQL
11 226 (2.70%) Oracle Database 11g
12 188 (2.25%) Big Data
13 173 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
14 113 (1.35%) Oracle Database 10g
15 95 (1.14%) Redis
16 88 (1.05%) Oracle Database 12c
17 78 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
18 75 (0.90%) Apache Cassandra
19 58 (0.69%) HBase
20 55 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1043 (12.48%) Jenkins
2 979 (11.71%) Git (software)
3 629 (7.53%) Subversion
4 451 (5.40%) JIRA
5 420 (5.03%) Maven
6 271 (3.24%) Ant
7 190 (2.27%) Selenium
8 180 (2.15%) JUnit
9 176 (2.11%) Eclipse
10 167 (2.00%) Cucumber
11 162 (1.94%) Hudson
12 109 (1.30%) TeamCity
13 108 (1.29%) Gradle
14 102 (1.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 83 (0.99%) ClearCase
16 82 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
17 79 (0.95%) Artifactory
18 77 (0.92%) Visual Studio
19 75 (0.90%) Mercurial
20 73 (0.87%) JMeter
General
1 1334 (15.96%) Finance
2 759 (9.08%) Banking
3 326 (3.90%) Investment Banking
4 308 (3.69%) Telecoms
5 222 (2.66%) Front Office
6 187 (2.24%) Retail
7 98 (1.17%) Marketing
8 76 (0.91%) Financial Institution
8 76 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 65 (0.78%) Electronics
10 63 (0.75%) Games
11 61 (0.73%) Legal
12 50 (0.60%) Publishing
13 47 (0.56%) Military
14 39 (0.47%) Back Office
15 30 (0.36%) Advertising
16 27 (0.32%) Automotive
17 25 (0.30%) Law
18 24 (0.29%) Billing
19 21 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2226 (26.64%) Developer
2 758 (9.07%) Administrator
3 709 (8.48%) DevOps Engineer
4 686 (8.21%) Java Developer
5 572 (6.84%) Analyst
6 564 (6.75%) Architect
7 461 (5.52%) Systems Administrator
8 338 (4.04%) Consultant
9 334 (4.00%) Software Engineer
10 325 (3.89%) Linux Engineer
11 312 (3.73%) C++ Developer
12 276 (3.30%) Linux Administrator
13 273 (3.27%) DBA
14 227 (2.72%) Senior Developer
14 227 (2.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 218 (2.61%) Linux DevOps Engineer
16 210 (2.51%) Linux Systems Administrator
17 192 (2.30%) Systems Engineer
18 175 (2.09%) Support Analyst
19 172 (2.06%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1008 (12.06%) HTML
2 836 (10.00%) Web Services
3 642 (7.68%) CSS
4 574 (6.87%) XML
5 489 (5.85%) .NET
6 459 (5.49%) Middleware
7 416 (4.98%) Spring
8 414 (4.95%) J2EE
9 335 (4.01%) HTML5
10 319 (3.82%) REST
11 311 (3.72%) jQuery
12 267 (3.19%) SOAP
13 265 (3.17%) JSON
14 242 (2.90%) RESTful
15 208 (2.49%) LAMP
16 206 (2.46%) Ajax
17 202 (2.42%) Hibernate
18 181 (2.17%) JMS
19 171 (2.05%) JSP
20 168 (2.01%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 579 (6.93%) Analytical Skills
2 487 (5.83%) Data Centre
3 293 (3.51%) Clustering
4 242 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 187 (2.24%) Management Information System
6 186 (2.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 145 (1.74%) Replication
8 132 (1.58%) Derivative
9 125 (1.50%) Visualisation
10 119 (1.42%) Equities
11 116 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
12 115 (1.38%) Client/Server
13 103 (1.23%) PKI
14 102 (1.22%) Mainframe
15 83 (0.99%) Fixed Income
16 80 (0.96%) User Experience
17 78 (0.93%) Algorithms
18 77 (0.92%) Mobile App
19 69 (0.83%) Data Structures
20 57 (0.68%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2958 (35.40%) UNIX
2 2711 (32.44%) Windows
3 1254 (15.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 821 (9.82%) Solaris
5 489 (5.85%) AIX
6 400 (4.79%) CentOS
7 342 (4.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 308 (3.69%) Ubuntu
9 277 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
10 258 (3.09%) Mac OS X
11 208 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
12 138 (1.65%) SUSE
13 119 (1.42%) Windows 7
14 103 (1.23%) Android
14 103 (1.23%) Debian
15 99 (1.18%) Embedded Linux
16 95 (1.14%) HPUX
17 76 (0.91%) Oracle Linux
18 75 (0.90%) Windows XP
19 72 (0.86%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1866 (22.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1299 (15.54%) DevOps
3 1083 (12.96%) Continuous Integration
4 950 (11.37%) Configuration Management
5 702 (8.40%) TDD
6 674 (8.07%) ITIL
7 620 (7.42%) Open Source
8 606 (7.25%) Software Engineering
9 570 (6.82%) Scrum
10 563 (6.74%) Migration
11 527 (6.31%) OO
12 387 (4.63%) SDLC
13 380 (4.55%) Multithreading
14 356 (4.26%) Project Management
15 329 (3.94%) E-Commerce
16 327 (3.91%) Performance Tuning
17 306 (3.66%) Web Development
18 271 (3.24%) SOA
18 271 (3.24%) BDD
19 261 (3.12%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2448 (29.29%) Java
2 1933 (23.13%) SQL
3 1500 (17.95%) Python
4 1168 (13.98%) Perl
5 1068 (12.78%) JavaScript
6 862 (10.31%) C++
7 775 (9.27%) Shell Script
8 764 (9.14%) Bash Shell
9 725 (8.68%) Ruby
10 642 (7.68%) PHP
11 519 (6.21%) C
12 428 (5.12%) PowerShell
13 348 (4.16%) C#
14 285 (3.41%) PL/SQL
15 217 (2.60%) Scala
16 130 (1.56%) VB
17 128 (1.53%) Korn
18 93 (1.11%) Groovy
19 61 (0.73%) PHP5
19 61 (0.73%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 915 (10.95%) Security Cleared
2 599 (7.17%) SC Cleared
3 465 (5.56%) Degree
4 256 (3.06%) Cisco Certification
5 162 (1.94%) DV Cleared
6 150 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
7 148 (1.77%) CCNA
8 117 (1.40%) CCNP
9 110 (1.32%) MCSE
10 86 (1.03%) RHCE
11 70 (0.84%) CISSP
12 65 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 56 (0.67%) MCSA
14 51 (0.61%) ISTQB
15 49 (0.59%) ISEB
16 43 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
17 38 (0.45%) Oracle Certification
18 33 (0.39%) PMI Certification
19 32 (0.38%) MCITP
20 28 (0.34%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 266 (3.18%) QA
2 160 (1.91%) SLA
3 52 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 36 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 19 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (0.22%) Data Quality
7 14 (0.17%) COBIT
8 11 (0.13%) ISO 9001
9 6 (0.072%) WAI
9 6 (0.072%) COREP
10 5 (0.060%) FINREP
11 4 (0.048%) COSO
12 3 (0.036%) DO-178B
12 3 (0.036%) ISO 9000
13 2 (0.024%) TickIT
14 1 (0.012%) ISO 8583
14 1 (0.012%) Solvency II
14 1 (0.012%) FATCA
14 1 (0.012%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 787 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 517 (6.19%) Active Directory
3 258 (3.09%) Docker
4 220 (2.63%) vSphere
5 165 (1.97%) Hyper-V
6 160 (1.91%) Oracle RAC
7 130 (1.56%) VMware ESX
8 107 (1.28%) NFS
9 85 (1.02%) Xen
9 85 (1.02%) vCloud
10 84 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
11 83 (0.99%) KVM
12 78 (0.93%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 66 (0.79%) XenApp
14 56 (0.67%) Varnish
15 49 (0.59%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 40 (0.48%) Samba
17 39 (0.47%) VirtualBox
18 37 (0.44%) Squid
19 36 (0.43%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1303 (15.59%) Puppet
2 887 (10.61%) Opscode Chef
3 394 (4.71%) Ansible
4 202 (2.42%) Nagios
5 163 (1.95%) Vagrant
6 154 (1.84%) Tivoli
7 123 (1.47%) Salt
8 101 (1.21%) Oracle RMAN
9 88 (1.05%) Data Guard
10 82 (0.98%) ZABBIX
10 82 (0.98%) BladeLogic
11 78 (0.93%) NetBackup
12 66 (0.79%) SCOM
13 65 (0.78%) SCCM
13 65 (0.78%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 65 (0.78%) Control-M
13 65 (0.78%) Graphite
14 61 (0.73%) HAProxy
15 56 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 52 (0.62%) logstash
Vendors
1 1961 (23.47%) Oracle
2 1445 (17.29%) Red Hat
3 1364 (16.32%) VMware
4 891 (10.66%) Microsoft
5 619 (7.41%) Cisco
6 561 (6.71%) IBM
7 435 (5.21%) HP
8 283 (3.39%) Citrix
9 239 (2.86%) Sybase
10 225 (2.69%) EMC
11 200 (2.39%) Sun
12 196 (2.35%) NetApp
13 173 (2.07%) Google
14 162 (1.94%) Veritas
15 150 (1.79%) CheckPoint
16 148 (1.77%) Splunk
17 146 (1.75%) F5
18 141 (1.69%) Juniper
19 133 (1.59%) TIBCO
20 126 (1.51%) SAP
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