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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 21 22 24
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +2
Contract jobs citing Linux 4134 3798 3184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.27% 6.95% 6.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.09% 30.75% 27.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2585 2475 1876
Average daily rate
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£413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £377 £358 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +2.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 164 80 122
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £12.00 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.25 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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
12128 12350 11399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.33% 22.60% 22.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 7180 7014 6235
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £165 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 934 1046 1027
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -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 £29.75 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.23
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.55%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +1 3781 £413 +3.12% 1603
London -2 1869 £450 +4.65% 653
South East +2 687 £375 +7.14% 331
City of London +1 466 £475 +2.70% 196
East of England +12 313 £388 - 141
Yorkshire +6 247 £375 +7.14% 109
Hampshire +1 236 £375 +7.14% 68
South West -6 222 £420 +12.00% 137
North West -6 195 £383 +2.00% 98
West Yorkshire +7 176 £385 +10.00% 79
Scotland 0 158 £375 -0.66% 42
Leeds +9 152 £385 +18.46% 59
Cambridgeshire +6 134 £388 -3.12% 93
Surrey +6 125 £375 +3.44% 74
Berkshire -5 122 £400 +14.28% 83
Cambridge +2 110 £388 -3.12% 81
West Midlands +3 95 £363 +16.00% 52
North East +1 92 £400 +33.33% 13
Wales +25 85 £375 +25.00% 29
Manchester +3 84 £375 - 58
Tyne and Wear +2 83 £425 +51.78% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne +2 79 £413 +47.32% 8
Essex +9 78 £400 - 13
Edinburgh +1 73 £388 -3.12% 26
Cheshire -10 66 £456 +21.66% 20
Bristol -12 60 £375 - 34
South Wales +18 57 £370 +23.33% 28
East Midlands -19 56 £365 +4.28% 63
Glasgow 0 55 £350 -6.66% 6
Buckinghamshire +14 54 £425 +21.42% 21

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 2908 (35.16%) UNIX
2 2722 (32.91%) Windows
3 2426 (29.33%) Java
4 1889 (22.84%) Oracle
5 1888 (22.83%) Agile Software Development
6 1837 (22.21%) SQL
7 1548 (18.72%) Python
8 1366 (16.52%) Red Hat
9 1305 (15.78%) Puppet
10 1280 (15.48%) VMware
11 1261 (15.25%) DevOps
12 1253 (15.15%) Finance
13 1163 (14.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1103 (13.34%) Perl
15 1053 (12.73%) Continuous Integration
16 1004 (12.14%) JavaScript
17 1000 (12.09%) MySQL
17 1000 (12.09%) Jenkins
18 988 (11.95%) Git (software)
19 982 (11.87%) HTML
20 962 (11.63%) Configuration Management
21 961 (11.62%) Security Cleared
22 918 (11.10%) Web Services
23 911 (11.02%) Apache
24 881 (10.65%) Opscode Chef
25 874 (10.57%) C++
26 830 (10.04%) Microsoft
27 795 (9.61%) Amazon AWS
28 793 (9.59%) Solaris
29 776 (9.38%) SQL Server

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 911 (11.02%) Apache
2 597 (7.22%) Tomcat
3 460 (5.56%) WebSphere
4 431 (5.21%) JBoss
5 356 (4.30%) WebLogic
6 352 (4.26%) IIS
7 218 (2.64%) Node.js
8 201 (2.43%) Confluence
9 191 (2.31%) nginx
10 175 (2.12%) OpenStack
11 157 (1.90%) WebSphere Application Server
12 141 (1.70%) SharePoint
13 137 (1.66%) MS Exchange
14 88 (1.06%) CMS
15 73 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
16 72 (0.87%) Drupal
17 59 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
18 55 (0.67%) Jetty
19 53 (0.64%) SAS
20 50 (0.60%) WordPress
Applications
1 349 (4.22%) MS Excel
2 175 (2.12%) MS Office
3 73 (0.88%) MS Visio
4 28 (0.34%) MS Project
5 26 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
6 14 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.073%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.036%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.036%) HipChat
9 3 (0.036%) Maya
9 3 (0.036%) SPSS
10 2 (0.024%) Doxygen
10 2 (0.024%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.012%) ProjectWise
11 1 (0.012%) GIMP
11 1 (0.012%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 43 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
2 36 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
3 32 (0.39%) Oracle BPM
4 28 (0.34%) BusinessWorks
4 28 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 27 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 27 (0.33%) RMDS
6 25 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
7 24 (0.29%) Magento
7 24 (0.29%) Maximo
8 21 (0.25%) ION MarketView
9 18 (0.22%) Tridion
10 10 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
11 8 (0.097%) Summit
12 6 (0.073%) Oracle Financials
12 6 (0.073%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 5 (0.060%) Temenos T24
13 5 (0.060%) Loan IQ
13 5 (0.060%) Oracle 11i
13 5 (0.060%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 795 (9.61%) Amazon AWS
2 133 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 132 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
4 128 (1.55%) Amazon EC2
5 102 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
6 87 (1.05%) IaaS
7 75 (0.91%) SaaS
8 70 (0.85%) PaaS
9 69 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
10 56 (0.68%) GitHub
11 52 (0.63%) Amazon S3
12 39 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
12 39 (0.47%) Office 365
13 35 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 33 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 31 (0.37%) Google App Engine
16 24 (0.29%) Heroku
17 20 (0.24%) Google Analytics
18 19 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
19 15 (0.18%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 720 (8.71%) Firewall
2 605 (7.32%) TCP/IP
3 536 (6.48%) SAN
4 520 (6.29%) DNS
5 480 (5.80%) HTTP
6 322 (3.89%) SSL
7 294 (3.56%) Internet
8 278 (3.36%) LAN
9 265 (3.20%) LDAP
10 262 (3.17%) WAN
11 224 (2.71%) VPN
12 217 (2.62%) DHCP
12 217 (2.62%) Network Security
13 211 (2.55%) NAS
14 141 (1.70%) IPsec
15 136 (1.64%) Wireless
16 113 (1.37%) FTP
17 109 (1.32%) VLAN
18 103 (1.25%) Intrusion Detection
19 100 (1.21%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1000 (12.09%) MySQL
2 776 (9.38%) SQL Server
3 731 (8.84%) Relational Database
4 547 (6.61%) Oracle Database
5 539 (6.52%) MongoDB
6 415 (5.02%) PostgreSQL
7 277 (3.35%) RDBMS
8 260 (3.14%) Hadoop
9 255 (3.08%) NoSQL
10 236 (2.85%) DB2
11 191 (2.31%) Oracle Database 11g
12 174 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
13 168 (2.03%) Big Data
14 99 (1.20%) Redis
15 89 (1.08%) Oracle Database 10g
16 72 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
17 70 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
18 64 (0.77%) Oracle Database 12c
19 61 (0.74%) Neo4j
20 55 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1000 (12.09%) Jenkins
2 988 (11.95%) Git (software)
3 690 (8.34%) Subversion
4 458 (5.54%) JIRA
5 425 (5.14%) Maven
6 302 (3.65%) Ant
7 192 (2.32%) JUnit
7 192 (2.32%) Selenium
8 180 (2.18%) Cucumber
9 172 (2.08%) Eclipse
10 159 (1.92%) Hudson
11 117 (1.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 111 (1.34%) TeamCity
13 107 (1.29%) Gradle
14 90 (1.09%) Visual Studio
15 89 (1.08%) ClearCase
16 84 (1.02%) Artifactory
17 83 (1.00%) Mercurial
18 71 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
19 69 (0.83%) JMeter
General
1 1253 (15.15%) Finance
2 714 (8.63%) Banking
3 305 (3.69%) Investment Banking
4 291 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 222 (2.68%) Front Office
6 195 (2.36%) Retail
7 114 (1.38%) Marketing
8 80 (0.97%) Manufacturing
9 79 (0.96%) Financial Institution
10 74 (0.89%) Electronics
11 72 (0.87%) Games
12 66 (0.80%) Legal
13 57 (0.69%) Publishing
14 43 (0.52%) Back Office
15 36 (0.44%) Military
16 25 (0.30%) Advertising
16 25 (0.30%) Automotive
17 22 (0.27%) Law
18 18 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
19 17 (0.21%) French Language
Job Titles
1 2226 (26.92%) Developer
2 729 (8.81%) Administrator
3 714 (8.63%) Java Developer
4 707 (8.55%) DevOps Engineer
5 572 (6.92%) Analyst
6 539 (6.52%) Architect
7 459 (5.55%) Systems Administrator
8 351 (4.24%) Software Engineer
9 336 (4.06%) Linux Engineer
10 307 (3.71%) C++ Developer
11 305 (3.69%) Consultant
12 292 (3.53%) Linux Administrator
13 238 (2.88%) DBA
14 237 (2.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 228 (2.76%) Linux Systems Administrator
15 228 (2.76%) Linux DevOps Engineer
16 213 (2.58%) Senior Developer
17 200 (2.42%) Systems Engineer
18 179 (2.16%) Support Analyst
19 164 (1.98%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 982 (11.87%) HTML
2 918 (11.10%) Web Services
3 569 (6.88%) XML
4 558 (6.75%) CSS
5 464 (5.61%) .NET
6 442 (5.34%) Middleware
7 440 (5.32%) Spring
8 385 (4.66%) J2EE
9 351 (4.24%) REST
10 323 (3.91%) HTML5
11 271 (3.28%) SOAP
12 267 (3.23%) jQuery
13 255 (3.08%) RESTful
14 251 (3.04%) JSON
15 241 (2.91%) Hibernate
16 211 (2.55%) LAMP
17 188 (2.27%) Java EE
17 188 (2.27%) Ajax
18 177 (2.14%) JMS
19 164 (1.98%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 572 (6.92%) Analytical Skills
2 451 (5.45%) Data Centre
3 282 (3.41%) Clustering
4 246 (2.97%) Computer Science
5 190 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 178 (2.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 139 (1.68%) Replication
8 137 (1.66%) Derivative
9 132 (1.60%) Visualisation
10 126 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
11 119 (1.44%) Equities
12 107 (1.29%) Fixed Income
13 103 (1.25%) PKI
14 101 (1.22%) Client/Server
15 86 (1.04%) Mobile App
16 85 (1.03%) User Experience
17 80 (0.97%) Mainframe
18 78 (0.94%) Algorithms
19 74 (0.89%) Data Structures
20 68 (0.82%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2908 (35.16%) UNIX
2 2722 (32.91%) Windows
3 1163 (14.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 793 (9.59%) Solaris
5 441 (5.33%) AIX
6 413 (4.99%) CentOS
7 326 (3.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 310 (3.75%) Ubuntu
9 269 (3.25%) Mac OS X
10 268 (3.24%) Windows Server 2012
11 214 (2.59%) Windows Server 2003
12 126 (1.52%) SUSE
13 121 (1.46%) Android
14 113 (1.37%) Windows 7
14 113 (1.37%) Debian
15 108 (1.31%) HPUX
16 103 (1.25%) Embedded Linux
17 77 (0.93%) Oracle Linux
18 71 (0.86%) Apple iOS
19 65 (0.79%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1888 (22.83%) Agile Software Development
2 1261 (15.25%) DevOps
3 1053 (12.73%) Continuous Integration
4 962 (11.63%) Configuration Management
5 761 (9.20%) TDD
6 671 (8.11%) Software Engineering
7 658 (7.96%) ITIL
8 612 (7.40%) Open Source
9 609 (7.36%) Scrum
10 576 (6.96%) OO
11 523 (6.32%) Migration
12 394 (4.76%) SDLC
13 380 (4.59%) Multithreading
14 350 (4.23%) Web Development
15 348 (4.21%) Project Management
16 324 (3.92%) Performance Tuning
17 321 (3.88%) E-Commerce
18 291 (3.52%) BDD
19 287 (3.47%) SOA
20 259 (3.13%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2426 (29.33%) Java
2 1837 (22.21%) SQL
3 1548 (18.72%) Python
4 1103 (13.34%) Perl
5 1004 (12.14%) JavaScript
6 874 (10.57%) C++
7 745 (9.01%) Bash Shell
8 709 (8.57%) Ruby
9 705 (8.52%) Shell Script
10 650 (7.86%) PHP
11 552 (6.67%) C
12 380 (4.59%) C#
13 367 (4.44%) PowerShell
14 265 (3.20%) PL/SQL
15 201 (2.43%) Scala
16 132 (1.60%) Korn
17 98 (1.19%) VB
18 86 (1.04%) Embedded C
19 79 (0.96%) Groovy
20 62 (0.75%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 961 (11.62%) Security Cleared
2 615 (7.44%) SC Cleared
3 458 (5.54%) Degree
4 270 (3.26%) Cisco Certification
5 201 (2.43%) DV Cleared
6 167 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
7 149 (1.80%) CCNA
8 125 (1.51%) CCNP
9 117 (1.41%) MCSE
10 80 (0.97%) RHCE
11 70 (0.85%) CISSP
12 64 (0.77%) ISEB
12 64 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 60 (0.73%) MCSA
14 56 (0.68%) ISTQB
15 46 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
16 42 (0.51%) MCITP
17 40 (0.48%) MCP
18 36 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 31 (0.37%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 268 (3.24%) QA
2 146 (1.77%) SLA
3 48 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 39 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 14 (0.17%) Data Quality
7 12 (0.15%) COBIT
8 10 (0.12%) ISO 9001
9 6 (0.073%) WAI
9 6 (0.073%) COREP
10 5 (0.060%) FINREP
11 4 (0.048%) COSO
12 3 (0.036%) ISO 9000
13 2 (0.024%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.024%) DO-178B
14 1 (0.012%) TickIT
14 1 (0.012%) IEC 61508
14 1 (0.012%) HL7
14 1 (0.012%) FATCA
System Software
1 730 (8.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 537 (6.49%) Active Directory
3 222 (2.68%) Docker
4 216 (2.61%) vSphere
5 149 (1.80%) Hyper-V
6 126 (1.52%) Oracle RAC
7 109 (1.32%) VMware ESX
8 104 (1.26%) NFS
9 96 (1.16%) KVM
10 83 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
11 76 (0.92%) vCloud
12 71 (0.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 64 (0.77%) Xen
14 63 (0.76%) XenApp
15 62 (0.75%) Varnish
16 50 (0.60%) Samba
17 48 (0.58%) Firmware
18 41 (0.50%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 41 (0.50%) iptables
19 38 (0.46%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1305 (15.78%) Puppet
2 881 (10.65%) Opscode Chef
3 362 (4.38%) Ansible
4 187 (2.26%) Nagios
5 161 (1.95%) Vagrant
6 138 (1.67%) Salt
7 123 (1.49%) Tivoli
8 83 (1.00%) BladeLogic
9 78 (0.94%) NetBackup
10 75 (0.91%) ZABBIX
11 69 (0.83%) Oracle RMAN
12 67 (0.81%) Control-M
13 64 (0.77%) HAProxy
14 63 (0.76%) Graphite
15 62 (0.75%) SCCM
15 62 (0.75%) Data Guard
16 59 (0.71%) SCOM
17 56 (0.68%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
18 52 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
19 46 (0.56%) Kibana
Vendors
1 1889 (22.84%) Oracle
2 1366 (16.52%) Red Hat
3 1280 (15.48%) VMware
4 830 (10.04%) Microsoft
5 622 (7.52%) Cisco
6 512 (6.19%) IBM
7 449 (5.43%) HP
8 271 (3.28%) Citrix
9 210 (2.54%) NetApp
10 204 (2.47%) Sybase
11 202 (2.44%) EMC
12 195 (2.36%) Sun
13 165 (2.00%) TIBCO
14 157 (1.90%) Veritas
15 156 (1.89%) CheckPoint
16 154 (1.86%) Splunk
17 148 (1.79%) F5
18 136 (1.64%) Juniper
19 127 (1.54%) Google
20 119 (1.44%) SAP
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