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 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 22 21 25
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +4
Contract jobs citing Linux 4095 3526 3291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.11% 6.68% 5.71%
As % of the Operating Systems category 32.09% 29.32% 27.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2687 2151 1815
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £564 £575 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 109 197
Average hourly rate £34.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.90 £16.30 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.80 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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
12762 12024 11955
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.16% 22.79% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7396 6764 6104
Average daily rate £350 £351 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.21% +0.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £180 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1119 1031 1192
Average hourly rate £16.04 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.25% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.51% -8.82%

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 19 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 19 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 19 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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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 3817 £400 - 1371
London +6 2082 £425 -4.49% 565
South East +2 581 £363 -3.33% 284
City of London +2 479 £459 +1.94% 202
East of England +3 235 £400 +10.72% 139
South West +17 230 £393 +20.76% 114
North West +9 222 £363 +11.53% 83
Yorkshire -6 169 £388 +8.01% 95
Hampshire +2 164 £363 -3.97% 51
Berkshire 0 159 £350 - 68
Scotland -13 141 £360 -10.00% 34
West Yorkshire +5 133 £400 +14.28% 55
West Midlands +38 130 £325 +3.17% 41
Surrey 0 115 £368 -5.16% 72
East Midlands +20 99 £365 +10.60% 25
Manchester +17 92 £350 +5.66% 37
Leeds +1 89 £325 -8.77% 46
Essex +21 86 £434 +11.93% 14
Bristol +25 76 £400 +33.33% 37
Cambridgeshire +8 76 £363 +27.19% 86
Cambridge +8 66 £400 +40.35% 72
Glasgow -10 63 £388 - 9
North East +15 61 £306 -12.50% 20
Reading +1 59 £350 -3.44% 24
Cheshire 0 57 £375 +21.75% 25
Wiltshire +9 53 £350 +7.69% 10
Tyne and Wear +8 52 £325 -7.14% 17
Newcastle upon Tyne +5 52 £325 -7.14% 16
Wales -8 51 £375 +25.00% 24
Hertfordshire -17 51 £405 +1.25% 35

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 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 2917 (37.16%) UNIX
2 2278 (29.02%) Windows
3 2221 (28.29%) Java
4 1974 (25.15%) Oracle
5 1801 (22.94%) SQL
6 1699 (21.64%) Agile Software Development
7 1408 (17.94%) Red Hat
8 1260 (16.05%) Python
9 1259 (16.04%) Finance
10 1150 (14.65%) VMware
11 1146 (14.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1127 (14.36%) JavaScript
13 1126 (14.34%) Apache
14 1107 (14.10%) HTML
15 1094 (13.94%) Perl
16 1045 (13.31%) MySQL
17 936 (11.92%) Puppet
18 894 (11.39%) Git (software)
19 881 (11.22%) DevOps
20 874 (11.13%) Web Services
21 853 (10.87%) PHP
22 820 (10.45%) Banking
23 789 (10.05%) Ruby
24 777 (9.90%) C++
25 766 (9.76%) CSS
26 756 (9.63%) Solaris
27 746 (9.50%) Configuration Management
28 741 (9.44%) XML
29 725 (9.24%) Subversion
30 724 (9.22%) Continuous Integration

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 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 1126 (14.34%) Apache
2 537 (6.84%) Tomcat
3 517 (6.59%) WebSphere
4 512 (6.52%) WebLogic
5 262 (3.34%) IIS
6 167 (2.13%) nginx
7 126 (1.61%) Node.js
8 120 (1.53%) MS Exchange
9 119 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
10 113 (1.44%) OpenStack
11 112 (1.43%) CMS
12 103 (1.31%) SharePoint
13 82 (1.04%) Confluence
14 74 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
15 71 (0.90%) IBM HTTP Server
16 70 (0.89%) Drupal
17 67 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
18 61 (0.78%) SAS
19 59 (0.75%) WordPress
20 58 (0.74%) MQSeries
Applications
1 296 (3.77%) MS Excel
2 135 (1.72%) MS Office
3 65 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.38%) MS Project
5 29 (0.37%) MS PowerPoint
6 22 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
10 5 (0.064%) SPSS
11 4 (0.051%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.025%) Maya
13 1 (0.013%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.013%) Gephi
13 1 (0.013%) CATIA
13 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.013%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.013%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.013%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.013%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 93 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
2 54 (0.69%) RMDS
3 42 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
4 39 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
5 32 (0.41%) Magento
6 28 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
7 27 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 18 (0.23%) ION MarketView
9 14 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
10 11 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.11%) Summit
11 9 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
11 9 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
11 9 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
12 7 (0.089%) Oracle Financials
12 7 (0.089%) Murex MxG2000
12 7 (0.089%) SAP ERP
13 6 (0.076%) Google Analytics
13 6 (0.076%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
13 6 (0.076%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 369 (4.70%) Amazon AWS
2 179 (2.28%) Amazon EC2
3 87 (1.11%) Amazon S3
4 84 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
5 81 (1.03%) SaaS
6 78 (0.99%) IaaS
7 67 (0.85%) PaaS
7 67 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
8 34 (0.43%) GitHub
9 27 (0.34%) Office 365
10 26 (0.33%) Google App Engine
11 20 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
12 16 (0.20%) Heroku
13 13 (0.17%) Google Apps
14 11 (0.14%) Route 53
15 9 (0.11%) Rackspace Cloud
16 8 (0.10%) IBM SmartCloud
17 6 (0.076%) Joyent
18 5 (0.064%) OpenShift
19 3 (0.038%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 611 (7.78%) Firewall
2 602 (7.67%) TCP/IP
3 598 (7.62%) DNS
4 566 (7.21%) HTTP
5 565 (7.20%) SAN
6 304 (3.87%) LDAP
7 302 (3.85%) SSL
8 300 (3.82%) Internet
9 230 (2.93%) DHCP
10 209 (2.66%) LAN
11 201 (2.56%) WAN
12 199 (2.54%) VPN
13 198 (2.52%) NAS
14 144 (1.83%) Network Security
15 123 (1.57%) SSH
16 114 (1.45%) FTP
17 90 (1.15%) Multicast
18 79 (1.01%) VLAN
18 79 (1.01%) BGP
19 75 (0.96%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1045 (13.31%) MySQL
2 628 (8.00%) Relational Database
3 575 (7.32%) Oracle Database
4 520 (6.62%) SQL Server
5 342 (4.36%) MongoDB
6 297 (3.78%) NoSQL
7 283 (3.61%) PostgreSQL
8 263 (3.35%) Oracle Database 11g
8 263 (3.35%) DB2
9 251 (3.20%) RDBMS
10 159 (2.03%) Oracle Database 10g
11 155 (1.97%) Big Data
12 145 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
13 127 (1.62%) Hadoop
14 116 (1.48%) Apache Cassandra
15 92 (1.17%) Redis
16 76 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
17 71 (0.90%) Oracle Exadata
18 63 (0.80%) Neo4j
19 49 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 894 (11.39%) Git (software)
2 725 (9.24%) Subversion
3 564 (7.18%) Jenkins
4 399 (5.08%) Maven
5 261 (3.32%) JIRA
6 213 (2.71%) Ant
7 202 (2.57%) JUnit
8 200 (2.55%) Selenium
9 198 (2.52%) Hudson
10 153 (1.95%) Eclipse
11 149 (1.90%) Cucumber
12 130 (1.66%) ClearCase
13 113 (1.44%) TeamCity
14 71 (0.90%) PHPUnit
15 68 (0.87%) WebDriver
16 66 (0.84%) RSpec
16 66 (0.84%) Mockito
17 60 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 48 (0.61%) Jasmine
19 46 (0.59%) Mercurial
General
1 1259 (16.04%) Finance
2 820 (10.45%) Banking
3 334 (4.25%) Investment Banking
4 282 (3.59%) Telecoms
5 234 (2.98%) Front Office
6 227 (2.89%) Retail
7 127 (1.62%) Marketing
8 126 (1.61%) Financial Institution
9 92 (1.17%) Games
10 88 (1.12%) Manufacturing
11 76 (0.97%) Electronics
12 53 (0.68%) Publishing
13 49 (0.62%) Advertising
14 48 (0.61%) Legal
15 31 (0.39%) Automotive
16 25 (0.32%) German Language
17 18 (0.23%) Aerospace
18 15 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
19 14 (0.18%) French Language
19 14 (0.18%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2381 (30.33%) Developer
2 660 (8.41%) Java Developer
3 636 (8.10%) Administrator
4 567 (7.22%) Analyst
5 455 (5.80%) DevOps Engineer
6 438 (5.58%) Architect
7 383 (4.88%) Systems Administrator
8 350 (4.46%) Software Engineer
9 327 (4.17%) Linux Engineer
10 312 (3.97%) Consultant
11 293 (3.73%) C++ Developer
12 270 (3.44%) DBA
13 260 (3.31%) Support Engineer
14 249 (3.17%) Linux Administrator
15 243 (3.10%) PHP Developer
16 206 (2.62%) Systems Engineer
17 202 (2.57%) Senior Developer
18 195 (2.48%) Support Analyst
19 179 (2.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
20 174 (2.22%) Linux DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1107 (14.10%) HTML
2 874 (11.13%) Web Services
3 766 (9.76%) CSS
4 741 (9.44%) XML
5 441 (5.62%) Spring
6 413 (5.26%) Middleware
7 405 (5.16%) jQuery
8 356 (4.54%) .NET
9 351 (4.47%) LAMP
10 349 (4.45%) HTML5
11 340 (4.33%) J2EE
12 319 (4.06%) Hibernate
13 287 (3.66%) JSON
14 286 (3.64%) REST
15 272 (3.46%) RESTful
16 265 (3.38%) SOAP
17 216 (2.75%) Ajax
18 184 (2.34%) JSP
19 179 (2.28%) JMS
20 164 (2.09%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 654 (8.33%) Open Source
2 499 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
3 264 (3.36%) Computer Science
4 251 (3.20%) Clustering
5 210 (2.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 187 (2.38%) Replication
7 138 (1.76%) Derivative
8 137 (1.75%) Management Information System
9 124 (1.58%) Mainframe
10 113 (1.44%) Fixed Income
11 112 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
12 105 (1.34%) Visualisation
13 99 (1.26%) User Experience
14 93 (1.18%) Hedge funds
15 89 (1.13%) DTV
16 87 (1.11%) Mobile App
17 85 (1.08%) Client/Server
18 74 (0.94%) STB
18 74 (0.94%) Mathematics
19 67 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 2917 (37.16%) UNIX
2 2278 (29.02%) Windows
3 1146 (14.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 756 (9.63%) Solaris
5 448 (5.71%) AIX
6 406 (5.17%) CentOS
7 375 (4.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 342 (4.36%) Mac OS X
9 303 (3.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 252 (3.21%) Ubuntu
11 174 (2.22%) HPUX
12 168 (2.14%) SUSE
13 154 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
14 153 (1.95%) Windows 7
15 133 (1.69%) Debian
16 131 (1.67%) Android
17 125 (1.59%) Oracle Linux
17 125 (1.59%) Windows XP
18 76 (0.97%) Embedded Linux
18 76 (0.97%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1699 (21.64%) Agile Software Development
2 881 (11.22%) DevOps
3 746 (9.50%) Configuration Management
4 724 (9.22%) Continuous Integration
5 654 (8.33%) TDD
6 641 (8.17%) OO
7 624 (7.95%) ITIL
8 580 (7.39%) Software Engineering
9 574 (7.31%) Scrum
10 420 (5.35%) E-Commerce
11 375 (4.78%) Web Development
12 373 (4.75%) Migration
13 342 (4.36%) SOA
14 294 (3.75%) Performance Tuning
15 291 (3.71%) Multithreading
16 285 (3.63%) MVC
17 269 (3.43%) Project Management
18 258 (3.29%) BDD
19 243 (3.10%) Load Balancing
20 240 (3.06%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2221 (28.29%) Java
2 1801 (22.94%) SQL
3 1260 (16.05%) Python
4 1127 (14.36%) JavaScript
5 1094 (13.94%) Perl
6 853 (10.87%) PHP
7 789 (10.05%) Ruby
8 777 (9.90%) C++
9 689 (8.78%) Shell Script
10 616 (7.85%) Bash Shell
11 516 (6.57%) C
12 325 (4.14%) PL/SQL
13 256 (3.26%) PowerShell
14 244 (3.11%) C#
15 190 (2.42%) Scala
16 135 (1.72%) Korn
17 110 (1.40%) VB
18 91 (1.16%) Groovy
19 67 (0.85%) PHP5
20 64 (0.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 640 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 441 (5.62%) SC Cleared
3 430 (5.48%) Degree
4 223 (2.84%) Cisco Certification
5 151 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 144 (1.83%) DV Cleared
7 125 (1.59%) CCNA
8 107 (1.36%) ISTQB
9 90 (1.15%) MCSE
10 85 (1.08%) CISSP
11 82 (1.04%) CCNP
12 63 (0.80%) RHCE
13 62 (0.79%) ISEB
14 61 (0.78%) MCITP
15 56 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 55 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 43 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
18 38 (0.48%) MCP
19 37 (0.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
20 36 (0.46%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (2.70%) QA
2 136 (1.73%) SLA
3 63 (0.80%) PCI DSS
4 56 (0.71%) ISO 9001
5 25 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 13 (0.17%) COBIT
7 11 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.13%) DO-178B
9 7 (0.089%) ISO 14001
10 5 (0.064%) Basel III
11 4 (0.051%) TickIT
11 4 (0.051%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.038%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.038%) JTAG
13 2 (0.025%) ISO/IEC 17799
14 1 (0.013%) COREP
14 1 (0.013%) ISO 8583
14 1 (0.013%) Basel II
14 1 (0.013%) ISO 9000
14 1 (0.013%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 681 (8.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 484 (6.17%) Active Directory
3 225 (2.87%) Oracle RAC
4 158 (2.01%) NFS
5 141 (1.80%) vSphere
6 114 (1.45%) VMware ESX
7 106 (1.35%) Oracle RMAN
8 97 (1.24%) vCloud
9 89 (1.13%) Hyper-V
10 72 (0.92%) Xen
11 69 (0.88%) XenServer
12 64 (0.82%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 59 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
14 55 (0.70%) KVM
15 53 (0.68%) Samba
16 50 (0.64%) Varnish
17 49 (0.62%) XenApp
18 44 (0.56%) Squid
19 42 (0.54%) Postfix
20 32 (0.41%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 936 (11.92%) Puppet
2 559 (7.12%) Opscode Chef
3 275 (3.50%) Nagios
4 133 (1.69%) Tivoli
5 108 (1.38%) Ansible
6 106 (1.35%) Data Guard
7 99 (1.26%) NetBackup
8 98 (1.25%) Salt
9 87 (1.11%) Vagrant
10 84 (1.07%) ZABBIX
11 71 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
11 71 (0.90%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 71 (0.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 68 (0.87%) SCCM
13 57 (0.73%) Control-M
14 55 (0.70%) Cacti
15 53 (0.68%) Zenoss
16 49 (0.62%) SCOM
17 48 (0.61%) Nessus
18 41 (0.52%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 1974 (25.15%) Oracle
2 1408 (17.94%) Red Hat
3 1150 (14.65%) VMware
4 718 (9.15%) Microsoft
5 626 (7.97%) IBM
6 530 (6.75%) Cisco
7 508 (6.47%) HP
8 316 (4.03%) JBoss
9 304 (3.87%) Citrix
10 263 (3.35%) Sybase
11 259 (3.30%) EMC
12 219 (2.79%) NetApp
13 190 (2.42%) Sun
14 147 (1.87%) Zend
15 129 (1.64%) SAP
16 125 (1.59%) TIBCO
17 123 (1.57%) Veritas
18 119 (1.52%) F5
19 116 (1.48%) Juniper
20 113 (1.44%) Splunk
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