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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 18 21 23
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +2
Contract jobs citing Linux 4259 3754 3036
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.59% 6.97% 6.27%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.32% 30.10% 28.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2621 2414 1795
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.74% +2.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 97 114
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.52 £15.60 £16.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.65 £50.00 £44.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-1.31% +1.33%

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
12410 12470 10790
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.13% 23.15% 22.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 7262 7136 5878
Average daily rate £363 £350 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £163 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 965 1021 981
Average hourly rate £16.83 £15.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.16% -11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.24 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £15.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+7.73% -7.40%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 +4 3900 £400 - 1473
London 0 1860 £450 +4.65% 609
South East +9 776 £390 +11.42% 299
City of London 0 440 £450 - 187
East of England +14 323 £377 +2.33% 163
Hampshire +3 266 £370 +3.52% 59
Yorkshire +4 258 £338 +3.84% 109
North West +5 207 £375 - 91
South West -2 204 £400 +6.66% 110
West Yorkshire +2 166 £350 +9.37% 82
Cambridgeshire +10 157 £375 -3.22% 89
Scotland -10 156 £375 -2.59% 54
Berkshire +10 145 £400 +19.40% 70
Leeds +4 142 £350 +9.37% 68
West Midlands +19 138 £340 +4.61% 48
Cambridge +2 120 £375 -3.22% 76
Surrey +1 117 £400 +14.28% 72
Oxfordshire +15 79 £411 +13.44% 37
Manchester +4 79 £364 -3.00% 61
Wales +23 77 £375 +15.38% 21
Cheshire -4 77 £438 +12.90% 19
Reading +16 75 £425 +26.86% 31
East Midlands +11 73 £391 +11.78% 27
Edinburgh -9 72 £380 -5.00% 35
South Yorkshire +5 69 £310 -13.58% 17
North East -4 67 £338 +28.57% 11
Buckinghamshire +15 66 £419 +19.64% 10
Bristol -9 65 £375 - 30
Essex +16 62 £400 +66.66% 24
Birmingham +22 61 £340 -24.44% 15

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 2871 (35.62%) UNIX
2 2608 (32.36%) Windows
3 2409 (29.89%) Java
4 1868 (23.18%) Agile Software Development
5 1834 (22.76%) Oracle
6 1753 (21.75%) SQL
7 1541 (19.12%) Python
8 1324 (16.43%) Red Hat
9 1271 (15.77%) Puppet
10 1247 (15.47%) DevOps
11 1245 (15.45%) VMware
12 1230 (15.26%) Finance
13 1149 (14.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1068 (13.25%) Perl
15 1043 (12.94%) Continuous Integration
16 988 (12.26%) MySQL
16 988 (12.26%) Configuration Management
17 985 (12.22%) JavaScript
18 966 (11.99%) Git (software)
19 961 (11.92%) Jenkins
20 953 (11.83%) Security Cleared
21 939 (11.65%) HTML
22 899 (11.16%) Web Services
23 877 (10.88%) Apache
24 866 (10.75%) Opscode Chef
25 842 (10.45%) C++
26 804 (9.98%) Microsoft
27 790 (9.80%) Amazon AWS
28 762 (9.46%) Solaris
29 740 (9.18%) Relational Database

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 June 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
1 877 (10.88%) Apache
2 608 (7.54%) Tomcat
3 475 (5.89%) WebSphere
4 425 (5.27%) JBoss
5 371 (4.60%) IIS
6 363 (4.50%) WebLogic
7 215 (2.67%) Node.js
8 184 (2.28%) nginx
9 178 (2.21%) Confluence
10 174 (2.16%) OpenStack
11 172 (2.13%) WebSphere Application Server
12 148 (1.84%) SharePoint
13 147 (1.82%) MS Exchange
14 77 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
15 73 (0.91%) Drupal
16 71 (0.88%) CMS
17 63 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
18 49 (0.61%) Jetty
18 49 (0.61%) Apache Solr
19 48 (0.60%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 355 (4.41%) MS Excel
2 171 (2.12%) MS Office
3 64 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 27 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
5 24 (0.30%) MS Project
6 11 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.11%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.087%) Doxygen
9 5 (0.062%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.037%) HipChat
10 3 (0.037%) Maya
10 3 (0.037%) SPSS
11 2 (0.025%) PowerPivot
11 2 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.012%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.012%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 44 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
2 35 (0.43%) BusinessWorks
3 33 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 32 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
5 31 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 29 (0.36%) RMDS
7 26 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
7 26 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
8 22 (0.27%) Magento
9 21 (0.26%) ION MarketView
9 21 (0.26%) Maximo
10 16 (0.20%) Tridion
11 8 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.099%) Summit
12 7 (0.087%) Dynamics CRM
13 6 (0.074%) TIBCO iProcess
13 6 (0.074%) Oracle General Ledger
13 6 (0.074%) Oracle Receivables
13 6 (0.074%) Oracle Payables
14 5 (0.062%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 790 (9.80%) Amazon AWS
2 141 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 129 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
4 117 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
5 95 (1.18%) IaaS
6 93 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
7 82 (1.02%) PaaS
8 72 (0.89%) SaaS
9 62 (0.77%) GitHub
10 58 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
11 49 (0.61%) Amazon S3
12 38 (0.47%) Office 365
13 37 (0.46%) Amazon SQS
14 28 (0.35%) Heroku
14 28 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 28 (0.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 26 (0.32%) Google App Engine
16 16 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
17 11 (0.14%) Google Analytics
17 11 (0.14%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 686 (8.51%) Firewall
2 606 (7.52%) TCP/IP
3 530 (6.58%) SAN
4 519 (6.44%) DNS
5 499 (6.19%) HTTP
6 318 (3.95%) SSL
7 290 (3.60%) Internet
8 274 (3.40%) LDAP
9 267 (3.31%) LAN
10 248 (3.08%) WAN
11 233 (2.89%) DHCP
12 226 (2.80%) VPN
13 216 (2.68%) Network Security
14 189 (2.35%) NAS
15 138 (1.71%) IPsec
16 124 (1.54%) FTP
17 118 (1.46%) Wireless
18 104 (1.29%) BGP
19 100 (1.24%) VoIP
20 99 (1.23%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 988 (12.26%) MySQL
2 740 (9.18%) Relational Database
3 739 (9.17%) SQL Server
4 536 (6.65%) MongoDB
5 530 (6.58%) Oracle Database
6 390 (4.84%) PostgreSQL
7 309 (3.83%) RDBMS
8 274 (3.40%) NoSQL
9 234 (2.90%) Hadoop
10 222 (2.75%) DB2
11 188 (2.33%) Oracle Database 11g
12 181 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
13 157 (1.95%) Big Data
14 104 (1.29%) Redis
15 77 (0.96%) Oracle Database 10g
16 72 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
17 68 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
18 58 (0.72%) Neo4j
19 52 (0.65%) Oracle Database 12c
20 47 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 966 (11.99%) Git (software)
2 961 (11.92%) Jenkins
3 683 (8.47%) Subversion
4 451 (5.60%) Maven
5 427 (5.30%) JIRA
6 308 (3.82%) Ant
7 221 (2.74%) JUnit
8 180 (2.23%) Selenium
9 178 (2.21%) Cucumber
10 168 (2.08%) Eclipse
11 148 (1.84%) Hudson
12 130 (1.61%) TeamCity
13 122 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 103 (1.28%) Gradle
15 97 (1.20%) ClearCase
16 83 (1.03%) Visual Studio
17 82 (1.02%) Mercurial
17 82 (1.02%) Artifactory
18 70 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
19 65 (0.81%) SoapUI
General
1 1230 (15.26%) Finance
2 694 (8.61%) Banking
3 308 (3.82%) Investment Banking
4 277 (3.44%) Telecoms
5 223 (2.77%) Front Office
6 185 (2.30%) Retail
7 119 (1.48%) Marketing
8 79 (0.98%) Financial Institution
9 76 (0.94%) Electronics
9 76 (0.94%) Manufacturing
10 75 (0.93%) Games
11 60 (0.74%) Legal
12 59 (0.73%) Publishing
13 46 (0.57%) Back Office
14 31 (0.38%) Military
15 30 (0.37%) Advertising
16 19 (0.24%) Law
17 18 (0.22%) Automotive
17 18 (0.22%) French Language
18 17 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2210 (27.42%) Developer
2 719 (8.92%) DevOps Engineer
3 708 (8.79%) Java Developer
4 682 (8.46%) Administrator
5 547 (6.79%) Analyst
6 545 (6.76%) Architect
7 409 (5.08%) Systems Administrator
8 336 (4.17%) Linux Engineer
9 324 (4.02%) Software Engineer
10 301 (3.73%) Consultant
11 287 (3.56%) C++ Developer
12 279 (3.46%) Linux Administrator
13 248 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 243 (3.02%) Linux DevOps Engineer
15 213 (2.64%) Linux Systems Administrator
16 209 (2.59%) Senior Developer
17 206 (2.56%) DBA
18 195 (2.42%) Systems Engineer
19 191 (2.37%) Support Analyst
20 150 (1.86%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 939 (11.65%) HTML
2 899 (11.16%) Web Services
3 582 (7.22%) XML
4 551 (6.84%) CSS
5 443 (5.50%) .NET
6 433 (5.37%) Spring
7 406 (5.04%) Middleware
8 368 (4.57%) J2EE
9 335 (4.16%) REST
10 298 (3.70%) HTML5
11 270 (3.35%) SOAP
12 265 (3.29%) jQuery
13 241 (2.99%) RESTful
14 232 (2.88%) Hibernate
15 229 (2.84%) JSON
16 206 (2.56%) Java EE
17 191 (2.37%) LAMP
17 191 (2.37%) JMS
18 166 (2.06%) Ajax
19 159 (1.97%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 583 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
2 430 (5.34%) Data Centre
3 278 (3.45%) Clustering
4 233 (2.89%) Computer Science
5 177 (2.20%) Management Information System
6 168 (2.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 152 (1.89%) Derivative
8 138 (1.71%) Replication
9 133 (1.65%) Visualisation
10 118 (1.46%) Fixed Income
11 116 (1.44%) Equities
12 109 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
13 104 (1.29%) Client/Server
14 84 (1.04%) Mobile App
15 81 (1.01%) User Experience
16 78 (0.97%) PKI
17 73 (0.91%) Device Driver
18 71 (0.88%) Algorithms
19 70 (0.87%) Mainframe
20 67 (0.83%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2871 (35.62%) UNIX
2 2608 (32.36%) Windows
3 1149 (14.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 762 (9.46%) Solaris
5 452 (5.61%) AIX
6 394 (4.89%) CentOS
7 326 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 286 (3.55%) Ubuntu
9 271 (3.36%) Mac OS X
10 237 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
11 212 (2.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 126 (1.56%) Android
13 124 (1.54%) Windows 7
14 116 (1.44%) Debian
15 112 (1.39%) SUSE
16 110 (1.36%) HPUX
17 89 (1.10%) Embedded Linux
18 76 (0.94%) Oracle Linux
19 72 (0.89%) Apple iOS
20 66 (0.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1868 (23.18%) Agile Software Development
2 1247 (15.47%) DevOps
3 1043 (12.94%) Continuous Integration
4 988 (12.26%) Configuration Management
5 702 (8.71%) TDD
6 637 (7.90%) Software Engineering
7 623 (7.73%) ITIL
8 606 (7.52%) Scrum
9 599 (7.43%) Open Source
10 592 (7.35%) OO
11 509 (6.32%) Migration
12 413 (5.12%) SDLC
13 368 (4.57%) Multithreading
14 356 (4.42%) Web Development
15 327 (4.06%) Project Management
16 311 (3.86%) Performance Tuning
17 301 (3.73%) E-Commerce
18 299 (3.71%) SOA
19 286 (3.55%) BDD
20 253 (3.14%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2409 (29.89%) Java
2 1753 (21.75%) SQL
3 1541 (19.12%) Python
4 1068 (13.25%) Perl
5 985 (12.22%) JavaScript
6 842 (10.45%) C++
7 739 (9.17%) Bash Shell
8 728 (9.03%) Ruby
9 712 (8.83%) Shell Script
10 616 (7.64%) PHP
11 560 (6.95%) C
12 374 (4.64%) C#
13 341 (4.23%) PowerShell
14 252 (3.13%) PL/SQL
15 169 (2.10%) Scala
16 125 (1.55%) Korn
17 87 (1.08%) Embedded C
18 78 (0.97%) Groovy
19 77 (0.96%) VB
20 62 (0.77%) Jython
Qualifications
1 953 (11.83%) Security Cleared
2 612 (7.59%) SC Cleared
3 430 (5.34%) Degree
4 273 (3.39%) Cisco Certification
5 219 (2.72%) DV Cleared
6 164 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
7 151 (1.87%) CCNA
8 124 (1.54%) CCNP
9 108 (1.34%) MCSE
10 68 (0.84%) ISEB
11 66 (0.82%) CISSP
11 66 (0.82%) RHCE
12 51 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
12 51 (0.63%) MCSA
12 51 (0.63%) ISTQB
13 49 (0.61%) MCITP
13 49 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 41 (0.51%) MCP
15 38 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 29 (0.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 245 (3.04%) QA
2 134 (1.66%) SLA
3 38 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 27 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 19 (0.24%) Data Quality
6 15 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.11%) COBIT
8 8 (0.099%) ISO 9001
9 6 (0.074%) WAI
9 6 (0.074%) COREP
10 5 (0.062%) FINREP
11 4 (0.050%) COSO
12 3 (0.037%) DO-178B
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 14001
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 8583
14 1 (0.012%) WCAG
14 1 (0.012%) IEC 61508
14 1 (0.012%) HL7
System Software
1 712 (8.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 529 (6.56%) Active Directory
3 205 (2.54%) vSphere
4 190 (2.36%) Docker
5 132 (1.64%) Hyper-V
6 112 (1.39%) Oracle RAC
7 110 (1.36%) NFS
8 96 (1.19%) VMware ESX
9 89 (1.10%) KVM
10 73 (0.91%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 72 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
12 66 (0.82%) vCloud
13 65 (0.81%) XenApp
14 63 (0.78%) Samba
14 63 (0.78%) Xen
15 60 (0.74%) Varnish
16 52 (0.65%) Firmware
17 41 (0.51%) XenDesktop
18 37 (0.46%) XenServer
18 37 (0.46%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 1271 (15.77%) Puppet
2 866 (10.75%) Opscode Chef
3 363 (4.50%) Ansible
4 204 (2.53%) Nagios
5 150 (1.86%) Vagrant
6 139 (1.72%) Salt
7 109 (1.35%) Tivoli
8 90 (1.12%) ZABBIX
9 78 (0.97%) NetBackup
10 70 (0.87%) BladeLogic
11 69 (0.86%) Graphite
12 61 (0.76%) Oracle RMAN
13 60 (0.74%) SCCM
13 60 (0.74%) Data Guard
14 59 (0.73%) HAProxy
15 58 (0.72%) Control-M
16 51 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
16 51 (0.63%) Kibana
17 49 (0.61%) SCOM
18 47 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 1834 (22.76%) Oracle
2 1324 (16.43%) Red Hat
3 1245 (15.45%) VMware
4 804 (9.98%) Microsoft
5 624 (7.74%) Cisco
6 470 (5.83%) IBM
7 444 (5.51%) HP
8 277 (3.44%) Citrix
9 217 (2.69%) NetApp
10 200 (2.48%) Sybase
11 197 (2.44%) Sun
12 178 (2.21%) EMC
13 164 (2.03%) Veritas
14 163 (2.02%) CheckPoint
15 161 (2.00%) TIBCO
16 153 (1.90%) F5
17 146 (1.81%) Splunk
18 124 (1.54%) Juniper
19 119 (1.48%) SAP
20 112 (1.39%) Google
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