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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 22 21 22
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +1
Contract jobs citing Linux 4008 3507 3404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.10% 6.56% 5.89%
As % of the Operating Systems category 31.79% 29.01% 28.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2579 2129 1887
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £258 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £575 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 118 197
Average hourly rate £34.00 £37.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £18.00 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -6.25%

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
12606 12087 12125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.33% 22.61% 20.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 7196 6748 6192
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £175 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £525 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.57% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1090 1027 1187
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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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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 +2 3748 £400 - 1427
London +7 2073 £430 -4.44% 626
South East +3 577 £350 -6.66% 295
City of London +8 493 £475 - 234
South West +18 241 £388 +10.71% 101
East of England +2 225 £400 +6.66% 131
North West +8 212 £363 +11.53% 99
Hampshire +4 186 £355 -5.33% 68
Yorkshire -6 156 £400 +12.67% 90
Berkshire +2 147 £350 - 70
Scotland -15 131 £350 -10.25% 52
West Midlands +35 120 £325 +2.36% 30
West Yorkshire +1 118 £400 +14.28% 60
Surrey -2 101 £363 -3.46% 68
East Midlands +21 99 £364 +11.06% 35
Manchester +20 92 £363 +11.53% 54
Cambridgeshire +7 91 £375 +13.63% 77
Bristol +20 84 £388 +26.53% 25
Leeds -4 77 £350 - 43
Cambridge +5 73 £400 +21.21% 67
Glasgow -9 67 £400 +3.22% 16
Essex +15 63 £433 +8.12% 9
Cheshire +6 62 £373 +20.94% 27
Reading +8 59 £355 -3.72% 22
Wiltshire +10 48 £344 -8.33% 15
Wales -6 48 £350 +17.64% 17
Gloucestershire +6 41 £395 - 16
Hertfordshire -12 41 £413 +3.12% 35
North East 0 36 £228 -32.59% 25
South Wales -10 36 £310 +4.20% 13

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 2794 (36.91%) UNIX
2 2253 (29.76%) Windows
3 2098 (27.71%) Java
4 1921 (25.38%) Oracle
5 1754 (23.17%) SQL
6 1344 (17.75%) Red Hat
7 1220 (16.12%) Finance
8 1189 (15.71%) Python
9 1107 (14.62%) VMware
9 1107 (14.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1078 (14.24%) JavaScript
11 1063 (14.04%) Perl
12 1062 (14.03%) Apache
13 1058 (13.98%) HTML
14 984 (13.00%) MySQL
15 902 (11.92%) Puppet
16 846 (11.18%) Web Services
17 835 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
18 829 (10.95%) Git (software)
18 829 (10.95%) DevOps
19 799 (10.55%) PHP
20 787 (10.40%) Banking
21 771 (10.18%) Solaris
22 749 (9.89%) CSS
22 749 (9.89%) C++
23 744 (9.83%) Ruby
24 722 (9.54%) XML
25 711 (9.39%) Continuous Integration
26 702 (9.27%) Subversion
27 685 (9.05%) Configuration Management

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 1062 (14.03%) Apache
2 523 (6.91%) Tomcat
3 495 (6.54%) WebSphere
4 480 (6.34%) WebLogic
5 243 (3.21%) IIS
6 156 (2.06%) nginx
7 125 (1.65%) Node.js
8 118 (1.56%) MS Exchange
9 116 (1.53%) CMS
10 115 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
11 109 (1.44%) OpenStack
12 101 (1.33%) SharePoint
13 81 (1.07%) Confluence
14 70 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
15 69 (0.91%) Drupal
16 68 (0.90%) Oracle Workflow
17 64 (0.85%) IBM HTTP Server
18 61 (0.81%) SAS
19 56 (0.74%) MQSeries
19 56 (0.74%) WordPress
Applications
1 285 (3.76%) MS Excel
2 131 (1.73%) MS Office
3 63 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 29 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
5 26 (0.34%) MS Project
6 21 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.12%) Mathematica
10 7 (0.092%) SPSS
11 4 (0.053%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.026%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.013%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.013%) Doxygen
13 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.013%) Maya
13 1 (0.013%) CATIA
13 1 (0.013%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.013%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.013%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 93 (1.23%) Oracle EBS
2 58 (0.77%) RMDS
3 38 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
4 31 (0.41%) Magento
5 30 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 28 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 23 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
8 18 (0.24%) ION MarketView
9 13 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
10 11 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
11 9 (0.12%) Google Analytics
11 9 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
12 8 (0.11%) SAP ERP
12 8 (0.11%) Summit
13 7 (0.092%) Murex MxG2000
13 7 (0.092%) Tridion
14 6 (0.079%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
14 6 (0.079%) Oracle Receivables
15 5 (0.066%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 357 (4.72%) Amazon AWS
2 167 (2.21%) Amazon EC2
3 84 (1.11%) Amazon S3
4 78 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
5 75 (0.99%) SaaS
6 65 (0.86%) IaaS
7 60 (0.79%) PaaS
8 58 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
9 34 (0.45%) GitHub
10 26 (0.34%) Office 365
11 21 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
12 18 (0.24%) Google App Engine
13 15 (0.20%) Rackspace Cloud
14 14 (0.18%) Heroku
15 11 (0.15%) Route 53
16 10 (0.13%) Google Apps
17 8 (0.11%) IBM SmartCloud
18 6 (0.079%) OpenShift
18 6 (0.079%) Joyent
19 3 (0.040%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 625 (8.26%) Firewall
2 570 (7.53%) TCP/IP
3 563 (7.44%) DNS
4 547 (7.23%) SAN
5 514 (6.79%) HTTP
6 290 (3.83%) LDAP
7 283 (3.74%) Internet
8 278 (3.67%) SSL
9 218 (2.88%) DHCP
10 207 (2.73%) VPN
11 203 (2.68%) LAN
12 200 (2.64%) WAN
13 197 (2.60%) NAS
14 144 (1.90%) Network Security
15 120 (1.59%) SSH
16 107 (1.41%) FTP
17 92 (1.22%) Multicast
18 81 (1.07%) BGP
19 79 (1.04%) VLAN
20 71 (0.94%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 984 (13.00%) MySQL
2 585 (7.73%) Oracle Database
3 581 (7.68%) Relational Database
4 504 (6.66%) SQL Server
5 325 (4.29%) MongoDB
6 290 (3.83%) NoSQL
7 280 (3.70%) Oracle Database 11g
8 252 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
9 243 (3.21%) DB2
10 232 (3.06%) RDBMS
11 162 (2.14%) Oracle Database 10g
12 141 (1.86%) Big Data
13 140 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
14 124 (1.64%) Hadoop
15 116 (1.53%) Apache Cassandra
16 82 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
17 80 (1.06%) Redis
18 66 (0.87%) Oracle Exadata
19 52 (0.69%) Neo4j
20 50 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 829 (10.95%) Git (software)
2 702 (9.27%) Subversion
3 538 (7.11%) Jenkins
4 380 (5.02%) Maven
5 265 (3.50%) JIRA
6 209 (2.76%) Selenium
7 203 (2.68%) JUnit
7 203 (2.68%) Hudson
8 202 (2.67%) Ant
9 161 (2.13%) Eclipse
10 143 (1.89%) Cucumber
11 130 (1.72%) ClearCase
12 112 (1.48%) TeamCity
13 79 (1.04%) WebDriver
14 66 (0.87%) Mockito
15 63 (0.83%) RSpec
16 60 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 59 (0.78%) PHPUnit
18 53 (0.70%) Oracle Forms
19 50 (0.66%) Mercurial
General
1 1220 (16.12%) Finance
2 787 (10.40%) Banking
3 321 (4.24%) Investment Banking
4 271 (3.58%) Telecoms
5 231 (3.05%) Retail
6 230 (3.04%) Front Office
7 118 (1.56%) Financial Institution
8 117 (1.55%) Marketing
9 89 (1.18%) Manufacturing
10 85 (1.12%) Games
11 80 (1.06%) Electronics
12 54 (0.71%) Publishing
13 48 (0.63%) Advertising
14 43 (0.57%) Legal
15 27 (0.36%) German Language
16 26 (0.34%) Automotive
17 19 (0.25%) Aerospace
18 16 (0.21%) Military
19 15 (0.20%) Back Office
19 15 (0.20%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2285 (30.18%) Developer
2 624 (8.24%) Administrator
3 619 (8.18%) Java Developer
4 540 (7.13%) Analyst
5 435 (5.75%) DevOps Engineer
6 426 (5.63%) Architect
7 376 (4.97%) Systems Administrator
8 337 (4.45%) Software Engineer
9 314 (4.15%) Consultant
10 307 (4.06%) Linux Engineer
11 300 (3.96%) C++ Developer
12 271 (3.58%) DBA
13 258 (3.41%) Support Engineer
14 250 (3.30%) Linux Administrator
15 232 (3.06%) PHP Developer
16 190 (2.51%) Systems Engineer
17 187 (2.47%) Support Analyst
18 176 (2.32%) Senior Developer
19 174 (2.30%) Linux Systems Administrator
20 169 (2.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1058 (13.98%) HTML
2 846 (11.18%) Web Services
3 749 (9.89%) CSS
4 722 (9.54%) XML
5 413 (5.46%) jQuery
6 411 (5.43%) Spring
7 388 (5.13%) Middleware
8 342 (4.52%) HTML5
9 338 (4.46%) .NET
10 325 (4.29%) LAMP
11 321 (4.24%) J2EE
12 297 (3.92%) Hibernate
13 285 (3.76%) JSON
14 270 (3.57%) REST
15 262 (3.46%) RESTful
16 255 (3.37%) SOAP
17 186 (2.46%) Ajax
18 179 (2.36%) JSP
19 161 (2.13%) WebSphere MQ
19 161 (2.13%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 614 (8.11%) Open Source
2 259 (3.42%) Computer Science
3 233 (3.08%) Clustering
4 211 (2.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 177 (2.34%) Replication
6 130 (1.72%) Derivative
7 127 (1.68%) Management Information System
8 125 (1.65%) Mainframe
9 113 (1.49%) Fixed Income
10 109 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
11 95 (1.25%) DTV
12 92 (1.22%) Hedge funds
12 92 (1.22%) Mobile App
13 87 (1.15%) Visualisation
14 81 (1.07%) Client/Server
15 72 (0.95%) STB
16 68 (0.90%) Embedded Systems
17 67 (0.89%) Mathematics
18 59 (0.78%) Equities
18 59 (0.78%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 2794 (36.91%) UNIX
2 2253 (29.76%) Windows
3 1107 (14.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 771 (10.18%) Solaris
5 448 (5.92%) AIX
6 389 (5.14%) CentOS
7 354 (4.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 301 (3.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 293 (3.87%) Mac OS X
10 229 (3.03%) Ubuntu
11 174 (2.30%) HPUX
12 160 (2.11%) SUSE
13 149 (1.97%) Windows 7
14 133 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
15 131 (1.73%) Debian
16 124 (1.64%) Android
17 122 (1.61%) Windows XP
18 116 (1.53%) Oracle Linux
19 76 (1.00%) Embedded Linux
20 73 (0.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 835 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
2 829 (10.95%) DevOps
3 711 (9.39%) Continuous Integration
4 685 (9.05%) Configuration Management
5 630 (8.32%) TDD
6 613 (8.10%) ITIL
7 611 (8.07%) OO
8 557 (7.36%) Software Engineering
9 527 (6.96%) Scrum
10 407 (5.38%) E-Commerce
11 366 (4.83%) Migration
12 343 (4.53%) Web Development
13 310 (4.10%) SOA
14 281 (3.71%) Performance Tuning
15 280 (3.70%) Multithreading
16 274 (3.62%) Project Management
17 264 (3.49%) MVC
18 255 (3.37%) BDD
19 234 (3.09%) Load Balancing
20 225 (2.97%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 2098 (27.71%) Java
2 1754 (23.17%) SQL
3 1189 (15.71%) Python
4 1078 (14.24%) JavaScript
5 1063 (14.04%) Perl
6 799 (10.55%) PHP
7 749 (9.89%) C++
8 744 (9.83%) Ruby
9 682 (9.01%) Shell Script
10 598 (7.90%) Bash Shell
11 513 (6.78%) C
12 335 (4.43%) PL/SQL
13 254 (3.36%) PowerShell
14 239 (3.16%) C#
15 152 (2.01%) Scala
16 131 (1.73%) Korn
17 103 (1.36%) VB
18 98 (1.29%) Groovy
19 72 (0.95%) PHP5
20 59 (0.78%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 614 (8.11%) Security Cleared
2 419 (5.54%) SC Cleared
3 400 (5.28%) Degree
4 208 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
5 142 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 130 (1.72%) DV Cleared
7 113 (1.49%) ISTQB
8 107 (1.41%) CCNA
9 86 (1.14%) CCNP
10 83 (1.10%) MCSE
11 78 (1.03%) CISSP
12 68 (0.90%) ISEB
13 57 (0.75%) MCITP
14 56 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 53 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 53 (0.70%) RHCE
16 42 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
17 39 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 37 (0.49%) MCP
19 35 (0.46%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 205 (2.71%) QA
2 123 (1.62%) SLA
3 63 (0.83%) PCI DSS
4 54 (0.71%) ISO 9001
5 24 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.15%) COBIT
8 9 (0.12%) DO-178B
9 7 (0.092%) ISO 14001
10 4 (0.053%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.053%) TickIT
11 3 (0.040%) Basel III
11 3 (0.040%) JTAG
11 3 (0.040%) JSP 440
12 2 (0.026%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 1 (0.013%) Basel II
13 1 (0.013%) ISO 8583
13 1 (0.013%) ISO/IEC 14443
13 1 (0.013%) COREP
System Software
1 667 (8.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 482 (6.37%) Active Directory
3 226 (2.99%) Oracle RAC
4 145 (1.92%) NFS
4 145 (1.92%) vSphere
5 114 (1.51%) VMware ESX
6 107 (1.41%) Oracle RMAN
7 96 (1.27%) Hyper-V
8 93 (1.23%) vCloud
9 69 (0.91%) XenServer
10 63 (0.83%) Xen
11 62 (0.82%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 61 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
13 60 (0.79%) KVM
14 51 (0.67%) XenApp
14 51 (0.67%) Samba
15 47 (0.62%) Varnish
16 43 (0.57%) Squid
17 40 (0.53%) Postfix
18 34 (0.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 902 (11.92%) Puppet
2 549 (7.25%) Opscode Chef
3 235 (3.10%) Nagios
4 133 (1.76%) Tivoli
5 110 (1.45%) Data Guard
6 98 (1.29%) Salt
7 91 (1.20%) Ansible
8 90 (1.19%) Vagrant
9 85 (1.12%) ZABBIX
10 82 (1.08%) NetBackup
11 73 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
12 72 (0.95%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 71 (0.94%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 62 (0.82%) Control-M
14 62 (0.82%) SCCM
15 51 (0.67%) Cacti
16 47 (0.62%) Nessus
17 46 (0.61%) Zenoss
18 45 (0.59%) SCOM
19 44 (0.58%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 1921 (25.38%) Oracle
2 1344 (17.75%) Red Hat
3 1107 (14.62%) VMware
4 683 (9.02%) Microsoft
5 599 (7.91%) IBM
6 523 (6.91%) Cisco
7 481 (6.35%) HP
8 306 (4.04%) Citrix
9 286 (3.78%) JBoss
10 247 (3.26%) EMC
11 245 (3.24%) Sybase
12 218 (2.88%) NetApp
13 191 (2.52%) Sun
14 144 (1.90%) Zend
15 132 (1.74%) SAP
16 128 (1.69%) Veritas
17 127 (1.68%) F5
18 119 (1.57%) CheckPoint
19 116 (1.53%) TIBCO
20 106 (1.40%) Juniper
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