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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Linux
Rank 19 22 23
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +1
Contract jobs citing Linux 3974 3512 2922
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.45% 6.63% 6.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 33.81% 29.22% 28.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2463 2239 1738
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 97 130
Average hourly rate £36.25 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £16.60 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.05 £51.00 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £39.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-5.06% +6.75%

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
11753 12020 10230
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.04% 22.71% 21.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 6811 6849 5515
Average daily rate £363 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.36% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 967 1030 962
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £34.00 £38.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -4.32%

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 May 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 May 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 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +7 3661 £410 +2.50% 1439
London +1 1716 £450 +2.85% 546
South East +9 750 £400 +14.28% 368
City of London +3 394 £450 - 155
East of England +16 276 £350 -6.66% 147
Hampshire +2 276 £375 +4.74% 70
Yorkshire +3 259 £345 +6.15% 79
North West +16 213 £425 +13.33% 83
West Yorkshire +2 170 £350 +7.69% 55
South West -4 162 £388 +3.33% 108
Scotland -12 155 £375 -2.59% 50
West Midlands +18 153 £340 +2.64% 59
Leeds +4 143 £350 +7.69% 36
Berkshire +8 138 £400 +18.51% 98
Cambridgeshire +9 120 £338 -12.90% 74
Surrey +3 102 £418 +11.33% 64
Cheshire +4 91 £463 +44.53% 15
Oxfordshire +21 85 £413 +26.92% 36
Cambridge +2 82 £325 -16.12% 62
East Midlands +14 77 £400 +14.28% 38
Reading +18 73 £400 +19.40% 60
Manchester +18 70 £365 -8.75% 60
South Yorkshire +2 69 £300 -3.22% 13
Edinburgh -13 69 £375 -6.25% 34
Wales +17 63 £375 +5.26% 22
Hertfordshire +4 63 £375 - 27
North East -1 63 £300 +7.14% 7
Birmingham +18 61 £340 -14.73% 30
Bristol +4 61 £375 - 35
Glasgow -4 61 £381 +1.66% 10

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 2859 (36.17%) UNIX
2 2496 (31.58%) Windows
3 2351 (29.74%) Java
4 1868 (23.63%) Agile Software Development
5 1788 (22.62%) Oracle
6 1729 (21.88%) SQL
7 1544 (19.53%) Python
8 1329 (16.81%) Red Hat
9 1249 (15.80%) Puppet
10 1184 (14.98%) DevOps
11 1182 (14.95%) VMware
12 1175 (14.87%) Finance
13 1168 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1059 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
15 1034 (13.08%) Perl
16 1005 (12.72%) Configuration Management
17 1002 (12.68%) Security Cleared
18 961 (12.16%) JavaScript
18 961 (12.16%) HTML
19 945 (11.96%) Git (software)
20 936 (11.84%) Jenkins
21 930 (11.77%) MySQL
22 896 (11.34%) Apache
23 868 (10.98%) Web Services
24 825 (10.44%) C++
25 799 (10.11%) Opscode Chef
26 772 (9.77%) Microsoft
27 765 (9.68%) Ruby
28 763 (9.65%) Solaris
29 731 (9.25%) Amazon AWS

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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
1 896 (11.34%) Apache
2 605 (7.65%) Tomcat
3 474 (6.00%) WebSphere
4 390 (4.93%) WebLogic
5 381 (4.82%) JBoss
6 365 (4.62%) IIS
7 207 (2.62%) Node.js
8 201 (2.54%) nginx
9 192 (2.43%) OpenStack
10 165 (2.09%) WebSphere Application Server
11 161 (2.04%) Confluence
12 139 (1.76%) MS Exchange
13 133 (1.68%) SharePoint
14 90 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
15 82 (1.04%) CMS
16 71 (0.90%) Drupal
17 64 (0.81%) Apache Solr
18 59 (0.75%) IBM HTTP Server
19 54 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
20 51 (0.65%) Jetty
Applications
1 329 (4.16%) MS Excel
2 149 (1.89%) MS Office
3 53 (0.67%) MS Visio
4 23 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 19 (0.24%) MS Project
6 8 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.089%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.089%) Doxygen
8 4 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.051%) SPSS
9 3 (0.038%) Maya
10 2 (0.025%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.025%) HipChat
11 1 (0.013%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.013%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 53 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
2 36 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
3 35 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
4 33 (0.42%) BusinessWorks
5 30 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
5 30 (0.38%) RMDS
6 29 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 26 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
8 18 (0.23%) ION MarketView
9 17 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
10 16 (0.20%) Tridion
11 15 (0.19%) Maximo
12 11 (0.14%) Magento
13 8 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
13 8 (0.10%) Markit EDM
14 7 (0.089%) Dynamics CRM
14 7 (0.089%) TIBCO iProcess
15 6 (0.076%) Unica
15 6 (0.076%) Oracle General Ledger
15 6 (0.076%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 731 (9.25%) Amazon AWS
2 142 (1.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 134 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
4 123 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
5 101 (1.28%) IaaS
6 95 (1.20%) PaaS
7 86 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
8 70 (0.89%) SaaS
9 56 (0.71%) GitHub
10 55 (0.70%) Amazon S3
11 51 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
12 34 (0.43%) Office 365
13 33 (0.42%) Heroku
14 26 (0.33%) Google App Engine
15 24 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 21 (0.27%) Amazon SQS
17 19 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 14 (0.18%) Google Apps
18 14 (0.18%) Route 53
18 14 (0.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 663 (8.39%) Firewall
2 602 (7.62%) TCP/IP
3 520 (6.58%) HTTP
4 515 (6.52%) DNS
5 495 (6.26%) SAN
6 316 (4.00%) SSL
7 292 (3.69%) Internet
8 264 (3.34%) LDAP
9 244 (3.09%) LAN
10 237 (3.00%) DHCP
11 227 (2.87%) WAN
12 225 (2.85%) Network Security
13 220 (2.78%) VPN
14 178 (2.25%) NAS
15 130 (1.64%) IPsec
16 125 (1.58%) FTP
17 122 (1.54%) BGP
18 112 (1.42%) OSPF
19 107 (1.35%) Wireless
20 102 (1.29%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 930 (11.77%) MySQL
2 710 (8.98%) Relational Database
3 666 (8.43%) SQL Server
4 547 (6.92%) MongoDB
5 500 (6.33%) Oracle Database
6 382 (4.83%) PostgreSQL
7 288 (3.64%) RDBMS
8 282 (3.57%) NoSQL
9 210 (2.66%) Hadoop
10 193 (2.44%) DB2
11 182 (2.30%) Oracle Database 11g
12 175 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
13 150 (1.90%) Big Data
14 106 (1.34%) Redis
15 80 (1.01%) Apache Cassandra
15 80 (1.01%) Oracle Database 10g
16 65 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
17 57 (0.72%) Neo4j
18 45 (0.57%) CouchDB
18 45 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 945 (11.96%) Git (software)
2 936 (11.84%) Jenkins
3 695 (8.79%) Subversion
4 459 (5.81%) Maven
5 389 (4.92%) JIRA
6 310 (3.92%) Ant
7 228 (2.88%) JUnit
8 189 (2.39%) Selenium
9 174 (2.20%) TeamCity
10 171 (2.16%) Cucumber
11 158 (2.00%) Eclipse
12 140 (1.77%) Hudson
13 133 (1.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 111 (1.40%) ClearCase
15 95 (1.20%) Gradle
16 80 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
17 77 (0.97%) Mercurial
18 75 (0.95%) Artifactory
19 69 (0.87%) Visual Studio
20 58 (0.73%) Introscope
General
1 1175 (14.87%) Finance
2 683 (8.64%) Banking
3 309 (3.91%) Investment Banking
4 255 (3.23%) Telecoms
5 228 (2.88%) Front Office
6 176 (2.23%) Retail
7 118 (1.49%) Marketing
8 74 (0.94%) Games
9 73 (0.92%) Manufacturing
9 73 (0.92%) Electronics
10 72 (0.91%) Financial Institution
11 57 (0.72%) Publishing
12 55 (0.70%) Legal
13 49 (0.62%) Back Office
14 27 (0.34%) Advertising
15 22 (0.28%) Military
16 21 (0.27%) Law
16 21 (0.27%) Retail Banking
17 16 (0.20%) Automotive
18 13 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2183 (27.62%) Developer
2 713 (9.02%) Java Developer
3 688 (8.70%) DevOps Engineer
4 656 (8.30%) Administrator
5 540 (6.83%) Analyst
6 513 (6.49%) Architect
7 380 (4.81%) Systems Administrator
8 340 (4.30%) Linux Engineer
9 306 (3.87%) Consultant
10 304 (3.85%) Software Engineer
11 280 (3.54%) C++ Developer
11 280 (3.54%) Linux Administrator
12 253 (3.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 225 (2.85%) Linux DevOps Engineer
14 206 (2.61%) Senior Developer
14 206 (2.61%) Linux Systems Administrator
15 196 (2.48%) Support Analyst
16 190 (2.40%) DBA
17 177 (2.24%) Systems Engineer
18 159 (2.01%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 961 (12.16%) HTML
2 868 (10.98%) Web Services
3 583 (7.38%) XML
4 559 (7.07%) CSS
5 449 (5.68%) .NET
6 402 (5.09%) Spring
7 385 (4.87%) Middleware
8 364 (4.61%) J2EE
9 323 (4.09%) REST
10 313 (3.96%) HTML5
11 275 (3.48%) jQuery
12 258 (3.26%) SOAP
13 245 (3.10%) JSON
14 243 (3.07%) RESTful
15 228 (2.88%) Hibernate
16 186 (2.35%) Java EE
17 184 (2.33%) LAMP
18 183 (2.32%) Ajax
19 169 (2.14%) JMS
20 162 (2.05%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 565 (7.15%) Analytical Skills
2 389 (4.92%) Data Centre
3 282 (3.57%) Clustering
4 231 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 159 (2.01%) Management Information System
6 157 (1.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 145 (1.83%) Derivative
8 122 (1.54%) Visualisation
9 114 (1.44%) Fixed Income
10 113 (1.43%) Replication
11 100 (1.27%) Equities
12 94 (1.19%) Client/Server
13 83 (1.05%) User Experience
14 82 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
15 81 (1.02%) Mobile App
16 75 (0.95%) PKI
17 74 (0.94%) Device Driver
18 66 (0.84%) Mainframe
19 65 (0.82%) Algorithms
20 64 (0.81%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2859 (36.17%) UNIX
2 2496 (31.58%) Windows
3 1168 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 763 (9.65%) Solaris
5 438 (5.54%) AIX
6 406 (5.14%) CentOS
7 313 (3.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 294 (3.72%) Ubuntu
9 278 (3.52%) Mac OS X
10 221 (2.80%) Windows Server 2012
11 203 (2.57%) Windows Server 2003
12 129 (1.63%) HPUX
13 122 (1.54%) Debian
14 121 (1.53%) Windows 7
15 118 (1.49%) Android
16 111 (1.40%) SUSE
17 81 (1.02%) Embedded Linux
18 74 (0.94%) Apple iOS
18 74 (0.94%) Oracle Linux
19 66 (0.84%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1868 (23.63%) Agile Software Development
2 1184 (14.98%) DevOps
3 1059 (13.40%) Continuous Integration
4 1005 (12.72%) Configuration Management
5 652 (8.25%) TDD
6 628 (7.95%) Software Engineering
7 620 (7.84%) ITIL
8 605 (7.65%) Open Source
9 592 (7.49%) OO
10 578 (7.31%) Scrum
11 482 (6.10%) Migration
12 380 (4.81%) SDLC
13 360 (4.55%) Web Development
14 359 (4.54%) Multithreading
15 335 (4.24%) E-Commerce
16 318 (4.02%) SOA
17 303 (3.83%) Project Management
18 296 (3.74%) BDD
19 274 (3.47%) Performance Tuning
20 273 (3.45%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2351 (29.74%) Java
2 1729 (21.88%) SQL
3 1544 (19.53%) Python
4 1034 (13.08%) Perl
5 961 (12.16%) JavaScript
6 825 (10.44%) C++
7 765 (9.68%) Ruby
8 704 (8.91%) Shell Script
8 704 (8.91%) Bash Shell
9 610 (7.72%) PHP
10 569 (7.20%) C
11 362 (4.58%) C#
12 328 (4.15%) PowerShell
13 256 (3.24%) PL/SQL
14 159 (2.01%) Scala
15 112 (1.42%) Korn
16 77 (0.97%) Embedded C
17 73 (0.92%) VB
18 71 (0.90%) Groovy
19 61 (0.77%) Jython
Qualifications
1 1002 (12.68%) Security Cleared
2 671 (8.49%) SC Cleared
3 416 (5.26%) Degree
4 277 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
5 236 (2.99%) DV Cleared
6 161 (2.04%) CCNA
7 156 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
8 131 (1.66%) CCNP
9 97 (1.23%) MCSE
10 78 (0.99%) ISEB
11 66 (0.84%) CISSP
12 63 (0.80%) RHCE
13 56 (0.71%) ISTQB
14 54 (0.68%) MCITP
15 53 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 51 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 51 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
17 43 (0.54%) MCSA
18 37 (0.47%) MCP
19 36 (0.46%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (2.77%) QA
2 114 (1.44%) SLA
3 42 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 25 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.22%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.11%) COBIT
8 7 (0.089%) ISO 9001
9 6 (0.076%) WAI
9 6 (0.076%) COREP
10 5 (0.063%) FINREP
11 4 (0.051%) COSO
12 3 (0.038%) DO-178B
12 3 (0.038%) WCAG
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 14001
14 1 (0.013%) IEC 61508
14 1 (0.013%) HL7
System Software
1 679 (8.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 495 (6.26%) Active Directory
3 208 (2.63%) vSphere
4 165 (2.09%) Docker
5 125 (1.58%) Hyper-V
6 113 (1.43%) Oracle RAC
7 105 (1.33%) NFS
8 84 (1.06%) VMware ESX
9 76 (0.96%) KVM
10 74 (0.94%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 69 (0.87%) Varnish
12 65 (0.82%) Xen
12 65 (0.82%) Samba
12 65 (0.82%) vCloud
13 60 (0.76%) Firmware
14 56 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
15 47 (0.59%) XenApp
16 41 (0.52%) Postfix
17 39 (0.49%) iptables
17 39 (0.49%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 1249 (15.80%) Puppet
2 799 (10.11%) Opscode Chef
3 326 (4.12%) Ansible
4 212 (2.68%) Nagios
5 155 (1.96%) Salt
6 137 (1.73%) Vagrant
7 117 (1.48%) Tivoli
8 100 (1.27%) ZABBIX
9 75 (0.95%) NetBackup
10 69 (0.87%) SCCM
11 65 (0.82%) Graphite
12 64 (0.81%) Data Guard
13 60 (0.76%) HAProxy
14 57 (0.72%) BladeLogic
15 55 (0.70%) Oracle RMAN
16 51 (0.65%) Control-M
17 50 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
18 48 (0.61%) SCOM
18 48 (0.61%) Red Hat Satellite
19 46 (0.58%) yum
Vendors
1 1788 (22.62%) Oracle
2 1329 (16.81%) Red Hat
3 1182 (14.95%) VMware
4 772 (9.77%) Microsoft
5 621 (7.86%) Cisco
6 448 (5.67%) IBM
7 444 (5.62%) HP
8 267 (3.38%) Citrix
9 228 (2.88%) NetApp
10 192 (2.43%) Sun
11 184 (2.33%) Sybase
12 178 (2.25%) F5
13 174 (2.20%) EMC
14 171 (2.16%) CheckPoint
15 163 (2.06%) TIBCO
16 161 (2.04%) Veritas
17 138 (1.75%) Splunk
18 122 (1.54%) Juniper
19 105 (1.33%) Google
20 104 (1.32%) SAP
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + +
Posted: 6 hours ago
Taunton, Somerset
Connectus
Rate: £15.6 - £25.6 per hour
Posted: 6 hours ago
Surrey
SEC Recruitment Limited
Posted: 6 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 6 hours ago
Stirlingshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £450 - £480 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Lucid Support Services Ltd
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 7 hours ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £350 to £440 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
West London
DCL Search & Selection
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
ISL
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Isleworth, Middlesex
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per hour
Posted: 7 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £15.00 - £20.00 per hour + Negotiable
Posted: 8 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £275 - £325 Per Day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 - 300 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
West Midlands
Montash
Rate: £120 - £180 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
South West London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Essex
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £35 - 40 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago