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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 18 23 23
Rank change year-on-year
+5 0
Contract jobs citing Linux 4285 3360 3050
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.52% 6.47% 5.82%
As % of the Operating Systems category 33.27% 27.89% 27.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2879 2042 1759
Average daily rate
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£420 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £569 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 132 155
Average hourly rate £34.35 £32.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.67% -9.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £15.50 £16.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £45.00 £42.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £34.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -5.55%

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
12879 12047 11273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.59% 23.19% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 7641 6742 5976
Average daily rate £358 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.70% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £170 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.76% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1134 1096 1145
Average hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.25% -8.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -10.28%

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 24 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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 +5 3993 £425 +6.25% 1486
London +7 2048 £450 +2.85% 564
South East +4 722 £386 +3.00% 361
City of London +4 466 £460 +8.23% 183
East of England +9 265 £425 +21.42% 143
South West +18 250 £400 +28.00% 118
Hampshire +16 240 £375 -3.22% 101
Yorkshire +1 211 £350 +6.06% 116
Berkshire +10 198 £375 +7.14% 75
North West +3 176 £375 +7.14% 84
West Yorkshire +8 171 £350 - 66
Scotland -4 157 £375 -0.33% 42
Leeds +10 155 £350 +7.69% 54
Surrey -5 134 £388 +3.33% 78
West Midlands +5 125 £350 +10.23% 47
North East +27 107 £375 +50.00% 17
Bristol +28 99 £400 +33.33% 41
Tyne and Wear +21 94 £390 +56.00% 10
Newcastle upon Tyne +20 94 £390 +56.00% 10
Essex +18 87 £425 +15.64% 12
East Midlands +14 84 £375 +17.64% 28
Edinburgh -6 79 £400 -3.03% 19
Manchester +9 77 £350 +3.70% 47
Reading +12 73 £388 +24.00% 26
Cambridgeshire -6 70 £325 -7.14% 95
Hertfordshire +14 68 £425 +41.66% 24
Wiltshire +1 52 £438 +41.12% 27
Gloucestershire +4 50 £325 -17.72% 21
Oxfordshire -5 50 £498 +24.37% 49
Cambridge +2 45 £325 -11.86% 84

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 3122 (37.66%) UNIX
2 2368 (28.57%) Windows
3 2306 (27.82%) Java
4 1972 (23.79%) Agile Software Development
5 1900 (22.92%) Oracle
6 1860 (22.44%) SQL
7 1466 (17.69%) Red Hat
8 1441 (17.38%) Python
9 1257 (15.16%) VMware
10 1240 (14.96%) Finance
11 1234 (14.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1159 (13.98%) Puppet
13 1153 (13.91%) HTML
14 1132 (13.66%) Apache
15 1111 (13.40%) MySQL
16 1107 (13.36%) JavaScript
17 1092 (13.17%) DevOps
18 1081 (13.04%) Perl
19 988 (11.92%) Git (software)
20 911 (10.99%) PHP
21 894 (10.79%) Web Services
22 890 (10.74%) Continuous Integration
23 880 (10.62%) Configuration Management
24 872 (10.52%) Ruby
25 843 (10.17%) C++
26 832 (10.04%) Security Cleared
27 827 (9.98%) Banking
28 767 (9.25%) Shell Script
29 763 (9.20%) Jenkins
30 761 (9.18%) Subversion

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 1132 (13.66%) Apache
2 560 (6.76%) Tomcat
3 492 (5.94%) WebLogic
4 479 (5.78%) WebSphere
5 324 (3.91%) JBoss
6 226 (2.73%) IIS
7 165 (1.99%) nginx
8 163 (1.97%) Node.js
9 142 (1.71%) OpenStack
10 137 (1.65%) MS Exchange
11 117 (1.41%) Confluence
12 99 (1.19%) SharePoint
12 99 (1.19%) WebSphere Application Server
13 98 (1.18%) CMS
14 75 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
15 70 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
16 68 (0.82%) Drupal
17 66 (0.80%) IBM HTTP Server
18 61 (0.74%) SAS
19 57 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 333 (4.02%) MS Excel
2 156 (1.88%) MS Office
3 75 (0.90%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 28 (0.34%) MS Project
6 24 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.14%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
10 5 (0.060%) SPSS
11 2 (0.024%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.024%) Stata
11 2 (0.024%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.012%) Maya
12 1 (0.012%) CATIA
12 1 (0.012%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.012%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.012%) MODO
12 1 (0.012%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.012%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 69 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
2 41 (0.49%) Oracle BPM
3 30 (0.36%) Magento
3 30 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
4 29 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 29 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
5 28 (0.34%) RMDS
6 18 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
7 12 (0.14%) Summit
7 12 (0.14%) SAP ERP
7 12 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
8 9 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
8 9 (0.11%) Murex MxG2000
9 8 (0.097%) Dynamics CRM
9 8 (0.097%) Remedy ITSM
10 7 (0.084%) ION MarketView
10 7 (0.084%) Oracle 11i
11 5 (0.060%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.060%) Misys Midas
11 5 (0.060%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 415 (5.01%) Amazon AWS
2 173 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
3 96 (1.16%) Amazon S3
4 95 (1.15%) PaaS
5 83 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
6 80 (0.97%) SaaS
7 76 (0.92%) IaaS
8 63 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
9 34 (0.41%) GitHub
10 26 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
11 25 (0.30%) Heroku
12 23 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
13 19 (0.23%) Office 365
14 18 (0.22%) Route 53
14 18 (0.22%) Google App Engine
15 15 (0.18%) Google Apps
16 9 (0.11%) Engine Yard
17 7 (0.084%) OpenShift
17 7 (0.084%) Amazon EMR
18 5 (0.060%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 667 (8.05%) Firewall
2 638 (7.70%) DNS
3 628 (7.58%) TCP/IP
4 595 (7.18%) SAN
5 569 (6.86%) HTTP
6 332 (4.01%) Internet
7 284 (3.43%) SSL
8 272 (3.28%) LDAP
9 242 (2.92%) DHCP
10 226 (2.73%) NAS
11 222 (2.68%) WAN
11 222 (2.68%) LAN
12 207 (2.50%) VPN
13 153 (1.85%) Network Security
14 134 (1.62%) FTP
15 97 (1.17%) IPsec
15 97 (1.17%) VLAN
16 92 (1.11%) SSH
17 90 (1.09%) BGP
18 76 (0.92%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1111 (13.40%) MySQL
2 689 (8.31%) Relational Database
3 552 (6.66%) Oracle Database
4 490 (5.91%) SQL Server
5 449 (5.42%) MongoDB
6 383 (4.62%) NoSQL
7 315 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
8 284 (3.43%) RDBMS
9 271 (3.27%) DB2
10 237 (2.86%) Oracle Database 11g
11 201 (2.42%) Big Data
12 181 (2.18%) Hadoop
13 157 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
14 151 (1.82%) Apache Cassandra
15 124 (1.50%) Oracle Database 10g
16 119 (1.44%) Redis
17 89 (1.07%) Neo4j
18 69 (0.83%) Oracle Exadata
18 69 (0.83%) MariaDB
19 67 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 988 (11.92%) Git (software)
2 763 (9.20%) Jenkins
3 761 (9.18%) Subversion
4 480 (5.79%) Maven
5 289 (3.49%) JIRA
6 254 (3.06%) Ant
7 208 (2.51%) Selenium
8 195 (2.35%) Hudson
9 190 (2.29%) JUnit
10 170 (2.05%) Eclipse
11 161 (1.94%) Cucumber
12 137 (1.65%) ClearCase
13 127 (1.53%) TeamCity
14 111 (1.34%) PHPUnit
15 88 (1.06%) Mockito
16 77 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 73 (0.88%) RSpec
18 66 (0.80%) WebDriver
19 54 (0.65%) ClearQuest
20 45 (0.54%) JMeter
General
1 1240 (14.96%) Finance
2 827 (9.98%) Banking
3 358 (4.32%) Investment Banking
4 293 (3.53%) Telecoms
5 235 (2.84%) Front Office
6 217 (2.62%) Retail
7 144 (1.74%) Marketing
8 124 (1.50%) Financial Institution
9 100 (1.21%) Games
10 98 (1.18%) Manufacturing
11 80 (0.97%) Electronics
12 56 (0.68%) Legal
13 48 (0.58%) Publishing
14 39 (0.47%) Advertising
15 37 (0.45%) Automotive
16 29 (0.35%) German Language
17 23 (0.28%) Law
18 19 (0.23%) Back Office
19 17 (0.21%) French Language
20 14 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2508 (30.26%) Developer
2 716 (8.64%) Java Developer
3 603 (7.27%) DevOps Engineer
4 597 (7.20%) Administrator
5 560 (6.76%) Analyst
6 521 (6.29%) Architect
7 352 (4.25%) Software Engineer
8 348 (4.20%) Systems Administrator
9 331 (3.99%) Linux Engineer
10 329 (3.97%) C++ Developer
11 328 (3.96%) Consultant
12 275 (3.32%) PHP Developer
13 261 (3.15%) Support Engineer
14 243 (2.93%) Senior Developer
15 238 (2.87%) DBA
15 238 (2.87%) Linux Administrator
16 215 (2.59%) Support Analyst
17 200 (2.41%) Systems Engineer
18 194 (2.34%) Linux DevOps Engineer
19 179 (2.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1153 (13.91%) HTML
2 894 (10.79%) Web Services
3 760 (9.17%) CSS
4 740 (8.93%) XML
5 448 (5.40%) Spring
6 423 (5.10%) Middleware
7 408 (4.92%) jQuery
8 377 (4.55%) HTML5
9 355 (4.28%) LAMP
10 352 (4.25%) Hibernate
11 348 (4.20%) REST
12 329 (3.97%) .NET
13 314 (3.79%) J2EE
14 298 (3.60%) JSON
15 292 (3.52%) RESTful
16 260 (3.14%) SOAP
17 234 (2.82%) Ajax
18 186 (2.24%) JMS
19 176 (2.12%) WebSphere MQ
20 171 (2.06%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 702 (8.47%) Open Source
2 531 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
3 285 (3.44%) Clustering
4 267 (3.22%) Computer Science
5 178 (2.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 162 (1.95%) Replication
7 151 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
8 134 (1.62%) Management Information System
9 133 (1.60%) Derivative
10 124 (1.50%) Client/Server
11 118 (1.42%) User Experience
12 113 (1.36%) Algorithms
13 104 (1.25%) Visualisation
14 97 (1.17%) Fixed Income
15 91 (1.10%) Mobile App
16 85 (1.03%) Hedge funds
17 82 (0.99%) Mainframe
18 79 (0.95%) Mathematics
19 76 (0.92%) Data Structures
20 75 (0.90%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 3122 (37.66%) UNIX
2 2368 (28.57%) Windows
3 1234 (14.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 675 (8.14%) Solaris
5 540 (6.51%) CentOS
6 427 (5.15%) AIX
7 405 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 376 (4.54%) Mac OS X
9 357 (4.31%) Ubuntu
10 310 (3.74%) Windows Server 2003
11 202 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
12 164 (1.98%) Windows 7
13 160 (1.93%) SUSE
14 159 (1.92%) HPUX
15 144 (1.74%) Debian
16 137 (1.65%) Oracle Linux
17 136 (1.64%) Android
18 103 (1.24%) Windows XP
19 79 (0.95%) Apple iOS
20 69 (0.83%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1972 (23.79%) Agile Software Development
2 1092 (13.17%) DevOps
3 890 (10.74%) Continuous Integration
4 880 (10.62%) Configuration Management
5 703 (8.48%) Scrum
6 700 (8.44%) TDD
7 677 (8.17%) OO
8 622 (7.50%) ITIL
9 612 (7.38%) Software Engineering
10 399 (4.81%) Web Development
11 398 (4.80%) Migration
12 393 (4.74%) E-Commerce
13 355 (4.28%) SOA
14 327 (3.94%) Multithreading
15 322 (3.88%) Performance Tuning
16 297 (3.58%) MVC
17 284 (3.43%) BDD
18 274 (3.31%) Project Management
19 272 (3.28%) Load Balancing
20 259 (3.12%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 2306 (27.82%) Java
2 1860 (22.44%) SQL
3 1441 (17.38%) Python
4 1107 (13.36%) JavaScript
5 1081 (13.04%) Perl
6 911 (10.99%) PHP
7 872 (10.52%) Ruby
8 843 (10.17%) C++
9 767 (9.25%) Shell Script
10 688 (8.30%) Bash Shell
11 496 (5.98%) C
12 352 (4.25%) PL/SQL
13 246 (2.97%) C#
13 246 (2.97%) PowerShell
14 218 (2.63%) Scala
15 154 (1.86%) Korn
16 92 (1.11%) VB
17 83 (1.00%) Groovy
18 72 (0.87%) PHP5
19 62 (0.75%) XPath
Qualifications
1 832 (10.04%) Security Cleared
2 565 (6.82%) SC Cleared
3 418 (5.04%) Degree
4 237 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
5 202 (2.44%) DV Cleared
6 170 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
7 156 (1.88%) CCNA
8 118 (1.42%) MCSE
9 99 (1.19%) CISSP
10 74 (0.89%) CCNP
11 73 (0.88%) ISTQB
12 64 (0.77%) RHCE
13 63 (0.76%) MCITP
14 57 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 50 (0.60%) ISEB
16 46 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
17 44 (0.53%) MCP
18 35 (0.42%) JNCIA
19 31 (0.37%) CISM
19 31 (0.37%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (2.81%) QA
2 136 (1.64%) SLA
3 52 (0.63%) PCI DSS
4 45 (0.54%) ISO 9001
5 26 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.13%) COBIT
7 11 (0.13%) DO-178B
8 10 (0.12%) ISO 14001
9 6 (0.072%) Data Quality
10 5 (0.060%) Basel III
10 5 (0.060%) WAI
11 4 (0.048%) JTAG
11 4 (0.048%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.036%) TickIT
12 3 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 2 (0.024%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.024%) HL7
13 2 (0.024%) DICOM
14 1 (0.012%) JSP 440
System Software
1 726 (8.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 485 (5.85%) Active Directory
3 193 (2.33%) Oracle RAC
4 178 (2.15%) vSphere
5 146 (1.76%) VMware ESX
6 141 (1.70%) NFS
7 112 (1.35%) Hyper-V
8 100 (1.21%) vCloud
9 84 (1.01%) Oracle RMAN
10 75 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
11 74 (0.89%) XenServer
12 73 (0.88%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 70 (0.84%) Firmware
14 68 (0.82%) KVM
15 67 (0.81%) Xen
16 59 (0.71%) XenApp
17 58 (0.70%) Samba
18 57 (0.69%) Varnish
19 42 (0.51%) Docker
20 40 (0.48%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 1159 (13.98%) Puppet
2 750 (9.05%) Opscode Chef
3 350 (4.22%) Nagios
4 194 (2.34%) Ansible
5 155 (1.87%) Tivoli
6 104 (1.25%) Vagrant
7 102 (1.23%) NetBackup
8 95 (1.15%) ZABBIX
9 94 (1.13%) Salt
10 68 (0.82%) SCCM
10 68 (0.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 67 (0.81%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 65 (0.78%) Control-M
12 65 (0.78%) Data Guard
13 57 (0.69%) Cacti
14 51 (0.62%) Zenoss
15 47 (0.57%) Cobbler
15 47 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
16 46 (0.55%) SCOM
17 42 (0.51%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1900 (22.92%) Oracle
2 1466 (17.69%) Red Hat
3 1257 (15.16%) VMware
4 754 (9.10%) Microsoft
5 583 (7.03%) IBM
6 539 (6.50%) Cisco
7 498 (6.01%) HP
8 305 (3.68%) Citrix
9 265 (3.20%) EMC
10 251 (3.03%) Sybase
11 201 (2.42%) NetApp
12 185 (2.23%) Zend
13 182 (2.20%) Sun
14 143 (1.73%) Veritas
15 136 (1.64%) F5
16 134 (1.62%) SAP
17 131 (1.58%) Splunk
18 121 (1.46%) TIBCO
19 119 (1.44%) Juniper
20 112 (1.35%) CheckPoint
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Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £325 - £375 per annum
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
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Berkshire
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Up to £375 per day
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Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £500 - £625 per day
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £281.25 per day
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London
TEKsystems
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City, London
Montash
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £150 - £220 per annum + benefits
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London
Salt
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Salt
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London
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