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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 18 28 21
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -7
Contract jobs citing Linux 3982 2921 2834
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.80% 6.06% 6.35%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.62% 27.14% 28.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2520 1786 1678
Average daily rate
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£425 £410 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +5.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 115 145
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.02 £13.50 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £42.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £33.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -3.57%

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
11503 10761 9850
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.54% 22.34% 22.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 6743 5881 5185
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £505 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £307 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.93% -5.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 909 971 1091
Average hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.25% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £33.50 £37.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +11 3737 £425 +3.03% 1562
London +10 1832 £475 +5.55% 580
South East +13 796 £375 +5.26% 343
City of London +6 419 £500 +11.11% 187
Hampshire +14 324 £375 -4.76% 81
South West +12 231 £400 +26.98% 133
North West +25 221 £388 +3.33% 115
Yorkshire +9 199 £363 +20.83% 95
East of England -2 199 £355 -5.33% 168
Berkshire +15 187 £375 +7.14% 96
Scotland -3 151 £380 +1.33% 56
West Yorkshire +11 146 £363 +20.83% 70
Leeds +16 137 £363 +20.83% 51
West Midlands +15 117 £360 +8.27% 60
Surrey -10 102 £388 +12.72% 79
Manchester +24 101 £378 +4.13% 70
Edinburgh -7 80 £400 +4.23% 27
Cambridgeshire -10 77 £323 -0.76% 101
Reading +20 72 £400 +23.07% 41
Bristol +21 70 £438 +38.88% 55
Gloucestershire +10 67 £385 -3.75% 30
East Midlands +25 63 £375 +16.27% 48
Oxfordshire +17 58 £433 -5.20% 31
North East +10 58 £300 - 13
Southampton +5 57 £375 +11.11% 24
Cheshire +23 56 £363 -12.12% 19
Buckinghamshire +9 54 £350 +16.66% 17
Cambridge -2 52 £310 -22.59% 95
Basingstoke +18 46 £380 -1.93% 7
Tyne and Wear +6 45 £325 +30.00% 11

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 3073 (37.41%) UNIX
2 2374 (28.90%) Java
3 2353 (28.65%) Windows
4 2023 (24.63%) Agile Software Development
5 1794 (21.84%) SQL
6 1757 (21.39%) Oracle
7 1455 (17.71%) Python
8 1421 (17.30%) Red Hat
9 1278 (15.56%) VMware
10 1234 (15.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1215 (14.79%) Puppet
12 1174 (14.29%) Finance
12 1174 (14.29%) DevOps
13 1117 (13.60%) HTML
14 1062 (12.93%) Perl
15 1051 (12.80%) Apache
16 1039 (12.65%) Continuous Integration
17 1016 (12.37%) JavaScript
18 1010 (12.30%) Git (software)
19 988 (12.03%) Security Cleared
20 971 (11.82%) MySQL
21 962 (11.71%) Configuration Management
22 889 (10.82%) Jenkins
23 872 (10.62%) Web Services
24 848 (10.32%) Ruby
25 831 (10.12%) C++
26 816 (9.93%) PHP
27 777 (9.46%) Opscode Chef
28 773 (9.41%) Subversion
29 765 (9.31%) Banking

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 1051 (12.80%) Apache
2 568 (6.92%) Tomcat
3 443 (5.39%) WebSphere
4 440 (5.36%) WebLogic
5 324 (3.94%) JBoss
6 243 (2.96%) IIS
7 186 (2.26%) Node.js
8 183 (2.23%) nginx
9 167 (2.03%) OpenStack
10 150 (1.83%) MS Exchange
11 125 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
12 115 (1.40%) Confluence
13 99 (1.21%) SharePoint
14 88 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
15 86 (1.05%) CMS
16 68 (0.83%) IBM HTTP Server
17 64 (0.78%) Drupal
18 61 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
19 59 (0.72%) Apache Solr
20 52 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 317 (3.86%) MS Excel
2 119 (1.45%) MS Office
3 48 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 20 (0.24%) MS Project
6 9 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.085%) Doxygen
8 5 (0.061%) SPSS
9 3 (0.037%) Mathematica
10 2 (0.024%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.024%) FrameMaker
10 2 (0.024%) Stata
10 2 (0.024%) ProjectWise
11 1 (0.012%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.012%) CATIA
11 1 (0.012%) Maya
11 1 (0.012%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.012%) MODO
Business Applications
1 57 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 35 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
3 33 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
4 32 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 31 (0.38%) BusinessWorks
6 30 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 22 (0.27%) Magento
8 20 (0.24%) RMDS
9 16 (0.19%) Oracle 11i
10 13 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
11 12 (0.15%) SAP ERP
12 10 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
13 9 (0.11%) TIBCO iProcess
13 9 (0.11%) Summit
13 9 (0.11%) Murex MxG2000
14 8 (0.097%) ION MarketView
15 7 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
15 7 (0.085%) Markit EDM
16 6 (0.073%) Oracle Financials
17 5 (0.061%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 413 (5.03%) Amazon AWS
2 140 (1.70%) Amazon EC2
3 110 (1.34%) PaaS
4 109 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 87 (1.06%) Amazon S3
6 83 (1.01%) IaaS
7 81 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
8 78 (0.95%) SaaS
9 43 (0.52%) GitHub
10 33 (0.40%) Heroku
11 22 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
12 20 (0.24%) Route 53
12 20 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
13 15 (0.18%) Google Apps
13 15 (0.18%) Office 365
14 13 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
14 13 (0.16%) Engine Yard
14 13 (0.16%) Google App Engine
14 13 (0.16%) OpenShift
15 6 (0.073%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 629 (7.66%) Firewall
2 617 (7.51%) TCP/IP
3 604 (7.35%) DNS
4 600 (7.30%) SAN
5 566 (6.89%) HTTP
6 328 (3.99%) Internet
7 307 (3.74%) SSL
8 269 (3.27%) LDAP
9 258 (3.14%) DHCP
10 217 (2.64%) WAN
11 214 (2.61%) LAN
12 207 (2.52%) NAS
13 197 (2.40%) VPN
14 164 (2.00%) Network Security
15 127 (1.55%) BGP
15 127 (1.55%) FTP
16 123 (1.50%) IPsec
17 114 (1.39%) VLAN
18 105 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
19 97 (1.18%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 971 (11.82%) MySQL
2 718 (8.74%) Relational Database
3 518 (6.31%) MongoDB
4 506 (6.16%) Oracle Database
5 489 (5.95%) SQL Server
6 367 (4.47%) PostgreSQL
7 358 (4.36%) NoSQL
8 288 (3.51%) RDBMS
9 220 (2.68%) Oracle Database 11g
10 214 (2.61%) DB2
11 203 (2.47%) Hadoop
12 196 (2.39%) Big Data
13 161 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
14 135 (1.64%) Apache Cassandra
15 117 (1.42%) Redis
16 102 (1.24%) Neo4j
17 99 (1.21%) Oracle Database 10g
18 68 (0.83%) MariaDB
19 60 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
20 57 (0.69%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 1010 (12.30%) Git (software)
2 889 (10.82%) Jenkins
3 773 (9.41%) Subversion
4 517 (6.29%) Maven
5 291 (3.54%) JIRA
6 290 (3.53%) Ant
7 233 (2.84%) JUnit
8 215 (2.62%) Selenium
9 190 (2.31%) Cucumber
10 189 (2.30%) TeamCity
11 188 (2.29%) Eclipse
12 177 (2.15%) Hudson
13 132 (1.61%) ClearCase
14 112 (1.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 111 (1.35%) PHPUnit
16 94 (1.14%) Mockito
17 71 (0.86%) CruiseControl
18 70 (0.85%) GoogleTest
19 57 (0.69%) NUnit
19 57 (0.69%) WebDriver
General
1 1174 (14.29%) Finance
2 765 (9.31%) Banking
3 331 (4.03%) Investment Banking
4 282 (3.43%) Telecoms
5 246 (2.99%) Front Office
6 193 (2.35%) Retail
7 142 (1.73%) Marketing
8 92 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 91 (1.11%) Manufacturing
10 86 (1.05%) Games
11 71 (0.86%) Electronics
12 62 (0.75%) Publishing
13 55 (0.67%) Legal
14 42 (0.51%) Back Office
15 31 (0.38%) Automotive
16 28 (0.34%) Advertising
17 27 (0.33%) Law
18 15 (0.18%) Retail Banking
18 15 (0.18%) German Language
19 11 (0.13%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2384 (29.02%) Developer
2 771 (9.39%) Java Developer
3 701 (8.53%) DevOps Engineer
4 573 (6.98%) Administrator
5 546 (6.65%) Analyst
6 534 (6.50%) Architect
7 323 (3.93%) Consultant
8 315 (3.83%) Linux Engineer
9 310 (3.77%) Systems Administrator
10 308 (3.75%) Software Engineer
11 301 (3.66%) C++ Developer
12 248 (3.02%) PHP Developer
13 240 (2.92%) Senior Developer
14 235 (2.86%) Support Engineer
15 229 (2.79%) Linux Administrator
16 223 (2.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 221 (2.69%) Support Analyst
18 209 (2.54%) Linux DevOps Engineer
19 191 (2.33%) DBA
20 182 (2.22%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1117 (13.60%) HTML
2 872 (10.62%) Web Services
3 686 (8.35%) XML
4 685 (8.34%) CSS
5 443 (5.39%) Spring
6 407 (4.95%) jQuery
7 393 (4.78%) REST
8 377 (4.59%) HTML5
9 376 (4.58%) Middleware
10 352 (4.29%) .NET
11 324 (3.94%) J2EE
12 313 (3.81%) Hibernate
13 292 (3.55%) LAMP
14 268 (3.26%) JSON
15 257 (3.13%) SOAP
16 254 (3.09%) RESTful
17 221 (2.69%) Ajax
18 210 (2.56%) JMS
19 172 (2.09%) JSP
19 172 (2.09%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 659 (8.02%) Open Source
2 555 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
3 292 (3.55%) Clustering
4 225 (2.74%) Computer Science
5 174 (2.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 145 (1.77%) Derivative
7 133 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
8 130 (1.58%) Replication
9 122 (1.49%) Client/Server
10 119 (1.45%) Management Information System
11 105 (1.28%) User Experience
12 93 (1.13%) Algorithms
13 92 (1.12%) Fixed Income
14 91 (1.11%) Visualisation
14 91 (1.11%) Mobile App
15 77 (0.94%) Equities
16 71 (0.86%) PKI
17 60 (0.73%) Device Driver
18 58 (0.71%) Mathematics
19 56 (0.68%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3073 (37.41%) UNIX
2 2353 (28.65%) Windows
3 1234 (15.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 711 (8.66%) Solaris
5 541 (6.59%) CentOS
6 463 (5.64%) AIX
7 395 (4.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 377 (4.59%) Ubuntu
9 360 (4.38%) Mac OS X
10 267 (3.25%) Windows Server 2003
11 213 (2.59%) Windows Server 2012
12 156 (1.90%) HPUX
13 149 (1.81%) SUSE
14 144 (1.75%) Windows 7
15 124 (1.51%) Android
16 114 (1.39%) Oracle Linux
17 112 (1.36%) Debian
18 91 (1.11%) Windows XP
19 78 (0.95%) Apple iOS
20 74 (0.90%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2023 (24.63%) Agile Software Development
2 1174 (14.29%) DevOps
3 1039 (12.65%) Continuous Integration
4 962 (11.71%) Configuration Management
5 668 (8.13%) OO
6 652 (7.94%) Scrum
7 635 (7.73%) TDD
8 609 (7.41%) ITIL
9 602 (7.33%) Software Engineering
10 396 (4.82%) Migration
11 395 (4.81%) E-Commerce
12 394 (4.80%) Web Development
13 343 (4.18%) Multithreading
14 338 (4.11%) SOA
15 314 (3.82%) BDD
16 293 (3.57%) Load Balancing
17 280 (3.41%) MVC
18 274 (3.34%) Performance Tuning
19 267 (3.25%) Project Management
20 258 (3.14%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2374 (28.90%) Java
2 1794 (21.84%) SQL
3 1455 (17.71%) Python
4 1062 (12.93%) Perl
5 1016 (12.37%) JavaScript
6 848 (10.32%) Ruby
7 831 (10.12%) C++
8 816 (9.93%) PHP
9 735 (8.95%) Shell Script
10 686 (8.35%) Bash Shell
11 519 (6.32%) C
12 322 (3.92%) PL/SQL
13 287 (3.49%) C#
14 268 (3.26%) PowerShell
15 191 (2.33%) Scala
16 125 (1.52%) Korn
17 83 (1.01%) VB
18 70 (0.85%) Groovy
19 68 (0.83%) PHP5
20 67 (0.82%) XPath
Qualifications
1 988 (12.03%) Security Cleared
2 684 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 403 (4.91%) Degree
4 296 (3.60%) Cisco Certification
5 259 (3.15%) DV Cleared
6 199 (2.42%) CCNA
7 160 (1.95%) Microsoft Certification
8 116 (1.41%) CCNP
9 108 (1.31%) MCSE
10 89 (1.08%) CISSP
11 70 (0.85%) ISEB
12 67 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
13 62 (0.75%) ISTQB
14 59 (0.72%) RHCE
14 59 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 52 (0.63%) MCITP
16 47 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 44 (0.54%) JNCIA
18 35 (0.43%) CCSE
19 33 (0.40%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 237 (2.89%) QA
2 124 (1.51%) SLA
3 53 (0.65%) PCI DSS
4 23 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 16 (0.19%) ISO 9001
5 16 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.097%) Data Quality
6 8 (0.097%) ISO 14001
6 8 (0.097%) DO-178B
7 6 (0.073%) WCAG
7 6 (0.073%) COBIT
8 5 (0.061%) Basel III
8 5 (0.061%) WAI
9 4 (0.049%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.037%) ISO/IEC 17799
11 2 (0.024%) HL7
11 2 (0.024%) DICOM
12 1 (0.012%) JTAG
12 1 (0.012%) COSO
12 1 (0.012%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 718 (8.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 456 (5.55%) Active Directory
3 205 (2.50%) vSphere
4 149 (1.81%) Oracle RAC
5 134 (1.63%) VMware ESX
6 124 (1.51%) NFS
7 122 (1.49%) Hyper-V
8 97 (1.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 83 (1.01%) vCloud
10 79 (0.96%) Firmware
11 78 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
12 76 (0.93%) Varnish
13 69 (0.84%) Xen
13 69 (0.84%) Oracle RMAN
14 66 (0.80%) Docker
15 62 (0.75%) KVM
16 60 (0.73%) XenApp
17 55 (0.67%) XenServer
18 54 (0.66%) Samba
19 41 (0.50%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 1215 (14.79%) Puppet
2 777 (9.46%) Opscode Chef
3 351 (4.27%) Nagios
4 275 (3.35%) Ansible
5 148 (1.80%) Tivoli
6 110 (1.34%) Salt
7 109 (1.33%) NetBackup
8 107 (1.30%) Vagrant
9 105 (1.28%) ZABBIX
10 69 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 68 (0.83%) Graphite
12 65 (0.79%) SCCM
13 60 (0.73%) Data Guard
14 56 (0.68%) Cobbler
15 53 (0.65%) Control-M
16 51 (0.62%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 49 (0.60%) Cacti
18 47 (0.57%) SCOM
19 46 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
20 40 (0.49%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1757 (21.39%) Oracle
2 1421 (17.30%) Red Hat
3 1278 (15.56%) VMware
4 722 (8.79%) Microsoft
5 554 (6.74%) Cisco
6 501 (6.10%) IBM
7 496 (6.04%) HP
8 300 (3.65%) Citrix
9 236 (2.87%) EMC
10 214 (2.61%) Sybase
11 210 (2.56%) NetApp
12 191 (2.33%) F5
13 186 (2.26%) Sun
14 169 (2.06%) Veritas
15 157 (1.91%) CheckPoint
16 156 (1.90%) Zend
17 139 (1.69%) Splunk
18 136 (1.66%) TIBCO
19 128 (1.56%) Juniper
20 113 (1.38%) SAP
Central London / West End
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Auburn Rose
Rate: From £250 to £320 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £335.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 11 hours ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £525 - 575 per day + .
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
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Rate: £450 - £525 per day
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Roc Search
Posted: 12 hours ago
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Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
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London
Cititec
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Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Mortimer Spinks
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West London
Go Partnership.
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 - £625 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: market rates
Posted: 15 hours ago
Lancashire
Ping IT Recruitment ltd
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 16 hours ago
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Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
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Kelway Ltd
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