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 21 October 2014 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 21 21 26
Rank change year-on-year
0 +5
Contract jobs citing Linux 4218 3503 3224
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.24% 6.66% 5.77%
As % of the Operating Systems category 32.38% 29.02% 27.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2813 2148 1815
Average daily rate
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£413 £400 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 106 173
Average hourly rate £34.51 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.40% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £16.50 £18.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £46.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £35.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.39% -4.66%

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
13027 12073 11728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.38% 22.97% 20.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 7645 6751 6145
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £180 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.54% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1145 1055 1115
Average hourly rate £16.16 £15.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.25% -8.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.18 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.86% -11.76%

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 21 October 2014.

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 21 October 2014.

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 21 October 2014. 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 3929 £413 +3.12% 1488
London +8 2127 £440 -2.22% 569
South East -3 603 £375 +3.09% 326
City of London +6 504 £450 - 193
East of England +10 270 £425 +24.08% 138
South West +17 242 £400 +23.07% 129
North West +7 214 £370 +9.62% 115
Hampshire +5 174 £375 +7.14% 78
Yorkshire -7 174 £335 -5.63% 91
Berkshire +4 171 £350 - 60
Scotland -6 142 £388 -2.51% 33
West Yorkshire 0 141 £350 - 54
Surrey +1 140 £386 +2.86% 80
West Midlands +19 127 £350 +10.67% 57
Leeds +1 114 £325 -10.95% 46
Bristol +23 105 £400 +33.33% 37
Essex +17 102 £450 +16.12% 9
Manchester +29 97 £350 +3.70% 61
East Midlands +13 93 £400 +19.40% 35
North East +23 88 £368 +53.12% 27
Tyne and Wear +14 79 £375 +56.25% 25
Newcastle upon Tyne - 79 £375 - 23
Cambridgeshire +10 77 £363 +29.46% 93
Hertfordshire +6 73 £413 +42.24% 26
Wales -1 61 £361 +25.65% 21
Cambridge +9 60 £363 +27.19% 78
Reading -1 55 £325 -7.14% 21
Edinburgh -6 55 £400 -5.88% 12
Wiltshire -1 47 £438 +34.61% 14
Cheshire -6 45 £375 +15.38% 34

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 2986 (37.67%) UNIX
2 2281 (28.78%) Windows
3 2188 (27.60%) Java
4 1881 (23.73%) Oracle
5 1804 (22.76%) Agile Software Development
6 1759 (22.19%) SQL
7 1370 (17.28%) Red Hat
8 1357 (17.12%) Python
9 1208 (15.24%) Finance
10 1165 (14.70%) VMware
11 1141 (14.39%) JavaScript
12 1138 (14.36%) HTML
13 1134 (14.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1099 (13.86%) Apache
15 1090 (13.75%) MySQL
16 1074 (13.55%) Perl
17 1002 (12.64%) Puppet
18 959 (12.10%) DevOps
19 929 (11.72%) Git (software)
20 921 (11.62%) PHP
21 864 (10.90%) Web Services
22 838 (10.57%) Ruby
23 824 (10.39%) C++
24 805 (10.16%) Banking
25 795 (10.03%) Configuration Management
26 791 (9.98%) CSS
27 789 (9.95%) Continuous Integration
28 733 (9.25%) XML
28 733 (9.25%) Microsoft
29 725 (9.15%) Security Cleared

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 1099 (13.86%) Apache
2 529 (6.67%) Tomcat
3 489 (6.17%) WebLogic
4 487 (6.14%) WebSphere
5 308 (3.89%) JBoss
6 246 (3.10%) IIS
7 146 (1.84%) nginx
8 130 (1.64%) MS Exchange
9 126 (1.59%) Node.js
10 113 (1.43%) OpenStack
10 113 (1.43%) CMS
11 108 (1.36%) WebSphere Application Server
12 106 (1.34%) SharePoint
13 94 (1.19%) Confluence
14 72 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
15 69 (0.87%) IBM HTTP Server
16 68 (0.86%) Drupal
17 66 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
18 61 (0.77%) SAS
18 61 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 313 (3.95%) MS Excel
2 148 (1.87%) MS Office
3 72 (0.91%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 29 (0.37%) MS Project
6 23 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
10 5 (0.063%) SPSS
11 3 (0.038%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.025%) Stata
12 2 (0.025%) Maya
13 1 (0.013%) CATIA
13 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.013%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.013%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.013%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.013%) Gephi
13 1 (0.013%) MotionBuilder
Business Applications
1 87 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
2 40 (0.50%) Oracle BPM
3 38 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
4 37 (0.47%) RMDS
5 31 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 31 (0.39%) Magento
6 27 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 14 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
8 13 (0.16%) ION MarketView
9 12 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 12 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
10 11 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
11 9 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
11 9 (0.11%) Summit
12 8 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
13 7 (0.088%) Murex MxG2000
13 7 (0.088%) Oracle Financials
14 6 (0.076%) Temenos T24
15 5 (0.063%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
15 5 (0.063%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 401 (5.06%) Amazon AWS
2 179 (2.26%) Amazon EC2
3 91 (1.15%) Amazon S3
4 86 (1.08%) IaaS
5 83 (1.05%) SaaS
6 79 (1.00%) PaaS
7 73 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
8 68 (0.86%) Microsoft Azure
9 33 (0.42%) GitHub
10 26 (0.33%) Amazon ELB
11 24 (0.30%) Office 365
12 18 (0.23%) Google App Engine
13 17 (0.21%) Heroku
14 15 (0.19%) Route 53
14 15 (0.19%) Google Apps
15 7 (0.088%) Joyent
16 6 (0.076%) IBM SmartCloud
17 5 (0.063%) OpenShift
17 5 (0.063%) Rackspace Cloud
18 4 (0.050%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 625 (7.88%) Firewall
2 602 (7.59%) DNS
3 598 (7.54%) TCP/IP
4 560 (7.06%) HTTP
5 557 (7.03%) SAN
6 308 (3.89%) Internet
7 297 (3.75%) LDAP
8 296 (3.73%) SSL
9 228 (2.88%) DHCP
10 207 (2.61%) WAN
11 205 (2.59%) LAN
12 195 (2.46%) NAS
13 182 (2.30%) VPN
14 137 (1.73%) Network Security
15 125 (1.58%) FTP
16 111 (1.40%) SSH
17 87 (1.10%) HTTPS
18 85 (1.07%) IPsec
19 84 (1.06%) VLAN
20 80 (1.01%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1090 (13.75%) MySQL
2 647 (8.16%) Relational Database
3 546 (6.89%) Oracle Database
4 485 (6.12%) SQL Server
5 375 (4.73%) MongoDB
6 347 (4.38%) NoSQL
7 286 (3.61%) PostgreSQL
8 270 (3.41%) DB2
9 258 (3.25%) RDBMS
10 239 (3.02%) Oracle Database 11g
11 164 (2.07%) Big Data
12 144 (1.82%) Hadoop
13 136 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
14 135 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
15 128 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
16 108 (1.36%) Redis
17 75 (0.95%) Oracle Exadata
18 72 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
19 60 (0.76%) Neo4j
20 53 (0.67%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 929 (11.72%) Git (software)
2 721 (9.10%) Subversion
3 638 (8.05%) Jenkins
4 408 (5.15%) Maven
5 270 (3.41%) JIRA
6 248 (3.13%) Ant
7 206 (2.60%) Selenium
8 199 (2.51%) Hudson
9 186 (2.35%) JUnit
10 170 (2.14%) Eclipse
11 148 (1.87%) Cucumber
12 139 (1.75%) ClearCase
13 113 (1.43%) TeamCity
14 98 (1.24%) PHPUnit
15 75 (0.95%) Mockito
16 70 (0.88%) RSpec
16 70 (0.88%) WebDriver
17 68 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 48 (0.61%) ClearQuest
19 46 (0.58%) SoapUI
General
1 1208 (15.24%) Finance
2 805 (10.16%) Banking
3 346 (4.36%) Investment Banking
4 279 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 222 (2.80%) Front Office
6 212 (2.67%) Retail
7 144 (1.82%) Marketing
8 125 (1.58%) Financial Institution
9 90 (1.14%) Games
10 88 (1.11%) Manufacturing
11 69 (0.87%) Electronics
12 52 (0.66%) Publishing
13 51 (0.64%) Legal
14 44 (0.56%) Advertising
15 32 (0.40%) Automotive
16 29 (0.37%) German Language
17 22 (0.28%) Back Office
18 16 (0.20%) French Language
19 15 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
20 13 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2450 (30.91%) Developer
2 672 (8.48%) Java Developer
3 600 (7.57%) Administrator
4 552 (6.96%) Analyst
5 510 (6.43%) DevOps Engineer
6 474 (5.98%) Architect
7 371 (4.68%) Software Engineer
8 352 (4.44%) Systems Administrator
9 323 (4.07%) Consultant
10 319 (4.02%) C++ Developer
10 319 (4.02%) Linux Engineer
11 267 (3.37%) PHP Developer
12 255 (3.22%) DBA
13 252 (3.18%) Support Engineer
14 233 (2.94%) Senior Developer
15 224 (2.83%) Linux Administrator
16 199 (2.51%) Systems Engineer
17 198 (2.50%) Support Analyst
18 179 (2.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 177 (2.23%) Linux DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1138 (14.36%) HTML
2 864 (10.90%) Web Services
3 791 (9.98%) CSS
4 733 (9.25%) XML
5 451 (5.69%) Spring
6 403 (5.08%) jQuery
6 403 (5.08%) Middleware
7 367 (4.63%) HTML5
8 356 (4.49%) LAMP
9 343 (4.33%) .NET
10 317 (4.00%) Hibernate
11 311 (3.92%) J2EE
12 294 (3.71%) JSON
12 294 (3.71%) REST
13 279 (3.52%) RESTful
14 253 (3.19%) SOAP
15 226 (2.85%) Ajax
16 182 (2.30%) JSP
17 179 (2.26%) JMS
18 177 (2.23%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 687 (8.67%) Open Source
2 500 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
3 262 (3.31%) Computer Science
4 234 (2.95%) Clustering
5 195 (2.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 170 (2.14%) Replication
7 143 (1.80%) Derivative
8 134 (1.69%) Management Information System
9 129 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
10 117 (1.48%) Visualisation
11 114 (1.44%) Algorithms
12 110 (1.39%) User Experience
12 110 (1.39%) Fixed Income
13 102 (1.29%) Client/Server
14 95 (1.20%) Mainframe
15 88 (1.11%) Hedge funds
16 82 (1.03%) Mobile App
17 79 (1.00%) DTV
18 73 (0.92%) STB
18 73 (0.92%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 2986 (37.67%) UNIX
2 2281 (28.78%) Windows
3 1134 (14.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 692 (8.73%) Solaris
5 468 (5.90%) CentOS
6 420 (5.30%) AIX
7 402 (5.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 345 (4.35%) Mac OS X
9 306 (3.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 284 (3.58%) Ubuntu
11 168 (2.12%) Windows Server 2012
12 162 (2.04%) HPUX
13 153 (1.93%) SUSE
14 150 (1.89%) Windows 7
15 136 (1.72%) Oracle Linux
16 135 (1.70%) Debian
17 128 (1.61%) Android
18 112 (1.41%) Windows XP
19 76 (0.96%) Apple iOS
20 72 (0.91%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1804 (22.76%) Agile Software Development
2 959 (12.10%) DevOps
3 795 (10.03%) Configuration Management
4 789 (9.95%) Continuous Integration
5 671 (8.46%) TDD
6 660 (8.33%) OO
7 641 (8.09%) Scrum
8 618 (7.80%) Software Engineering
9 615 (7.76%) ITIL
10 406 (5.12%) E-Commerce
11 400 (5.05%) Web Development
12 383 (4.83%) Migration
13 348 (4.39%) SOA
14 311 (3.92%) Multithreading
15 295 (3.72%) MVC
16 285 (3.60%) Performance Tuning
17 259 (3.27%) Project Management
18 258 (3.25%) BDD
19 245 (3.09%) Change Management
20 242 (3.05%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2188 (27.60%) Java
2 1759 (22.19%) SQL
3 1357 (17.12%) Python
4 1141 (14.39%) JavaScript
5 1074 (13.55%) Perl
6 921 (11.62%) PHP
7 838 (10.57%) Ruby
8 824 (10.39%) C++
9 711 (8.97%) Shell Script
10 643 (8.11%) Bash Shell
11 494 (6.23%) C
12 324 (4.09%) PL/SQL
13 245 (3.09%) PowerShell
14 238 (3.00%) C#
15 212 (2.67%) Scala
16 142 (1.79%) Korn
17 98 (1.24%) VB
18 87 (1.10%) Groovy
19 66 (0.83%) PHP5
20 61 (0.77%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 725 (9.15%) Security Cleared
2 492 (6.21%) SC Cleared
3 418 (5.27%) Degree
4 233 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
5 164 (2.07%) Microsoft Certification
6 162 (2.04%) DV Cleared
7 143 (1.80%) CCNA
8 105 (1.32%) MCSE
9 98 (1.24%) CISSP
10 86 (1.08%) ISTQB
11 74 (0.93%) CCNP
12 65 (0.82%) MCITP
13 54 (0.68%) RHCE
13 54 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 53 (0.67%) ISEB
15 44 (0.56%) MCP
16 41 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
17 40 (0.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 34 (0.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 32 (0.40%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 223 (2.81%) QA
2 152 (1.92%) SLA
3 56 (0.71%) PCI DSS
4 53 (0.67%) ISO 9001
5 25 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.18%) COBIT
7 13 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.13%) DO-178B
9 7 (0.088%) ISO 14001
10 5 (0.063%) WAI
10 5 (0.063%) Basel III
11 4 (0.050%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.050%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 3 (0.038%) TickIT
12 3 (0.038%) JTAG
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.025%) JSP 440
14 1 (0.013%) COREP
14 1 (0.013%) ISO 9000
14 1 (0.013%) Basel II
System Software
1 686 (8.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 472 (5.95%) Active Directory
3 202 (2.55%) Oracle RAC
4 149 (1.88%) vSphere
5 142 (1.79%) NFS
6 129 (1.63%) VMware ESX
7 101 (1.27%) vCloud
8 95 (1.20%) Hyper-V
9 90 (1.14%) Oracle RMAN
10 71 (0.90%) XenServer
11 63 (0.79%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 61 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
12 61 (0.77%) Xen
13 57 (0.72%) Firmware
14 56 (0.71%) Samba
15 51 (0.64%) KVM
16 48 (0.61%) Varnish
16 48 (0.61%) XenApp
17 43 (0.54%) Docker
18 34 (0.43%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 1002 (12.64%) Puppet
2 654 (8.25%) Opscode Chef
3 297 (3.75%) Nagios
4 137 (1.73%) Tivoli
5 135 (1.70%) Ansible
6 100 (1.26%) NetBackup
7 98 (1.24%) Vagrant
8 92 (1.16%) Salt
9 83 (1.05%) ZABBIX
10 69 (0.87%) Data Guard
11 67 (0.85%) SCCM
12 65 (0.82%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 65 (0.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 61 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
14 58 (0.73%) Zenoss
15 52 (0.66%) Cacti
16 51 (0.64%) Control-M
17 49 (0.62%) Nessus
18 48 (0.61%) SCOM
19 37 (0.47%) YUM
Vendors
1 1881 (23.73%) Oracle
2 1370 (17.28%) Red Hat
3 1165 (14.70%) VMware
4 733 (9.25%) Microsoft
5 598 (7.54%) IBM
6 527 (6.65%) Cisco
7 499 (6.29%) HP
8 299 (3.77%) Citrix
9 257 (3.24%) EMC
10 252 (3.18%) Sybase
11 201 (2.54%) NetApp
12 185 (2.33%) Sun
13 182 (2.30%) Zend
14 135 (1.70%) SAP
15 118 (1.49%) Juniper
15 118 (1.49%) F5
16 114 (1.44%) Veritas
17 113 (1.43%) TIBCO
17 113 (1.43%) Splunk
18 100 (1.26%) CheckPoint
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
The Curve Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £8 to £10 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 12 hours ago
Dorset
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 12 hours ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Purley, Surrey
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Essex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £25.00 - £35.00 per hour + market rates
Posted: 13 hours ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Rate: £600.00 - £660.00 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £280 - £330 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
North West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £ Negotiable
Posted: 14 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 15 hours ago