The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 26 26 24
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing Linux 3405 2754 3483
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 6.04% 5.76% 5.75%
As % of the Operating Systems category 27.67% 27.43% 28.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2079 1659 2028
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £355
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -8.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 134 159
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.40 £19.13 £19.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.40 £42.50 £50.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.75 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+13.57% -
Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12305 10039 12127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.84% 21.01% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6838 5359 6191
Average daily rate £350 £350 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £314 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.91% -3.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1074 983 1178
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -2.85%
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 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +1 3109 £400 - 1445
London +3 1632 £440 +2.32% 615
South East +10 623 £350 +3.70% 313
City of London +5 396 £450 - 193
Hampshire +9 208 £350 +16.66% 71
Scotland 0 199 £400 - 45
South West -14 189 £375 +5.93% 103
East of England -7 177 £400 +23.07% 143
Yorkshire +5 162 £325 - 102
Surrey +17 127 £375 +1.35% 62
Berkshire +2 117 £338 -3.57% 90
North West -4 110 £388 +25.00% 89
West Yorkshire +2 101 £325 +8.33% 70
West Midlands +19 97 £325 +52.94% 28
Edinburgh +2 89 £400 +6.66% 21
Leeds 0 75 £325 +8.33% 47
Glasgow +14 71 £400 -5.88% 11
Cambridgeshire -15 63 £381 +17.30% 83
Buckinghamshire -15 60 £325 +23.80% 20
Essex +11 58 £425 +31.78% 10
East Midlands -15 57 £350 +7.69% 29
North East -9 56 £260 -2.80% 20
Cambridge -2 52 £388 +25.00% 71
Gloucestershire -2 50 £425 -5.55% 23
Cheshire -2 48 £388 -13.88% 30
Tyne and Wear -12 48 £250 -7.40% 17
Hertfordshire -7 47 £405 -4.64% 30
Manchester -5 45 £375 +47.05% 45
Newcastle upon Tyne -15 45 £248 -8.14% 15
Milton Keynes -12 43 £318 +41.11% 6

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 2600 (40.51%) UNIX
2 2059 (32.08%) Windows
3 1896 (29.54%) Java
4 1788 (27.86%) Oracle
5 1640 (25.55%) SQL
6 1207 (18.81%) Finance
7 1075 (16.75%) Red Hat
8 900 (14.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 898 (13.99%) Perl
10 872 (13.59%) Solaris
10 872 (13.59%) VMware
11 854 (13.31%) Python
12 831 (12.95%) Apache
13 818 (12.75%) MySQL
14 813 (12.67%) JavaScript
15 801 (12.48%) HTML
16 742 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
17 723 (11.27%) Web Services
18 688 (10.72%) Banking
19 661 (10.30%) C++
20 654 (10.19%) Puppet
21 650 (10.13%) XML
22 645 (10.05%) SQL Server
23 639 (9.96%) Oracle Database
24 609 (9.49%) Microsoft
25 605 (9.43%) CSS
26 592 (9.22%) Subversion
27 588 (9.16%) PHP
28 565 (8.80%) SAN
29 538 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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
1 831 (12.95%) Apache
2 498 (7.76%) Tomcat
3 348 (5.42%) WebLogic
3 348 (5.42%) WebSphere
4 205 (3.19%) IIS
5 172 (2.68%) Node.js
6 135 (2.10%) MS Exchange
7 131 (2.04%) WebSphere Application Server
8 122 (1.90%) nginx
9 100 (1.56%) CMS
10 92 (1.43%) SharePoint
11 70 (1.09%) Drupal
12 64 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
13 62 (0.97%) Confluence
14 54 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
14 54 (0.84%) SAS
15 53 (0.83%) OpenStack
16 48 (0.75%) Apache Solr
16 48 (0.75%) Oracle Application Server
17 46 (0.72%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 239 (3.72%) MS Excel
2 103 (1.60%) MS Office
3 35 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 32 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 19 (0.30%) MS Project
6 12 (0.19%) Mathematica
7 8 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.11%) SPSS
9 4 (0.062%) Mingle
10 2 (0.031%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.031%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.031%) InDesign
11 1 (0.016%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.016%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.016%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.016%) Stata
11 1 (0.016%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.016%) Vectorworks
Business Applications
1 77 (1.20%) RMDS
2 58 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
3 37 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
4 32 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 21 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
5 21 (0.33%) Tridion
6 17 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
7 15 (0.23%) Magento
7 15 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 14 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
9 10 (0.16%) Oracle 11i
10 9 (0.14%) Google Analytics
11 8 (0.12%) Exstream
12 7 (0.11%) ION MarketView
12 7 (0.11%) Oracle CRM
13 6 (0.093%) Oracle ERP
13 6 (0.093%) SAP SEM
14 5 (0.078%) Dynamics CRM
14 5 (0.078%) RiskWrite
14 5 (0.078%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 257 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
2 88 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
3 80 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
4 56 (0.87%) SaaS
5 44 (0.69%) Amazon S3
6 39 (0.61%) IaaS
7 37 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
8 31 (0.48%) PaaS
9 19 (0.30%) Rackspace Cloud
10 15 (0.23%) Office 365
10 15 (0.23%) Route 53
11 14 (0.22%) GitHub
12 10 (0.16%) Joyent
13 9 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
14 6 (0.093%) CloudFront
15 5 (0.078%) Heroku
15 5 (0.078%) IBM SmartCloud
16 4 (0.062%) Amazon EMR
16 4 (0.062%) Google App Engine
17 1 (0.016%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 565 (8.80%) SAN
2 489 (7.62%) Firewall
3 485 (7.56%) TCP/IP
4 448 (6.98%) DNS
5 279 (4.35%) HTTP
6 247 (3.85%) LDAP
7 243 (3.79%) Internet
8 235 (3.66%) NAS
9 201 (3.13%) SSL
10 190 (2.96%) WAN
11 186 (2.90%) LAN
12 152 (2.37%) DHCP
13 146 (2.27%) VPN
14 134 (2.09%) Network Security
15 101 (1.57%) SSH
16 97 (1.51%) FTP
17 83 (1.29%) SNMP
18 74 (1.15%) VLAN
19 71 (1.11%) Multicast
20 61 (0.95%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 818 (12.75%) MySQL
2 645 (10.05%) SQL Server
3 639 (9.96%) Oracle Database
4 464 (7.23%) Relational Database
5 312 (4.86%) Oracle Database 11g
6 276 (4.30%) MongoDB
7 247 (3.85%) RDBMS
8 210 (3.27%) DB2
9 207 (3.23%) Oracle Database 10g
10 170 (2.65%) NoSQL
11 148 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
12 137 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
13 134 (2.09%) Hadoop
14 130 (2.03%) Big Data
15 107 (1.67%) Apache Cassandra
16 92 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
17 81 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
18 55 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
19 54 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
20 44 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 592 (9.22%) Subversion
2 494 (7.70%) Git (software)
3 390 (6.08%) Jenkins
4 304 (4.74%) Maven
5 254 (3.96%) JUnit
6 250 (3.90%) Eclipse
7 206 (3.21%) Ant
8 187 (2.91%) JIRA
9 159 (2.48%) Hudson
10 156 (2.43%) Selenium
11 117 (1.82%) ClearCase
12 105 (1.64%) Cucumber
13 89 (1.39%) TeamCity
14 64 (1.00%) Mockito
15 61 (0.95%) WebDriver
16 55 (0.86%) Visual Studio
17 43 (0.67%) SoapUI
18 42 (0.65%) LoadRunner
18 42 (0.65%) JMeter
19 40 (0.62%) ClearQuest
General
1 1207 (18.81%) Finance
2 688 (10.72%) Banking
3 282 (4.39%) Investment Banking
4 279 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 221 (3.44%) Front Office
6 185 (2.88%) Retail
7 105 (1.64%) Marketing
8 86 (1.34%) Manufacturing
9 76 (1.18%) Financial Institution
10 60 (0.93%) Back Office
11 59 (0.92%) Publishing
12 50 (0.78%) Electronics
13 49 (0.76%) Games
14 46 (0.72%) Advertising
15 41 (0.64%) Legal
16 24 (0.37%) Law
17 22 (0.34%) German Language
18 20 (0.31%) Military
19 15 (0.23%) Aerospace
20 12 (0.19%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 1827 (28.47%) Developer
2 600 (9.35%) Administrator
3 540 (8.41%) Java Developer
4 464 (7.23%) Analyst
5 392 (6.11%) Architect
6 348 (5.42%) Systems Administrator
7 291 (4.53%) Consultant
8 275 (4.28%) DBA
9 270 (4.21%) Software Engineer
10 268 (4.18%) DevOps Engineer
11 246 (3.83%) Linux Engineer
12 226 (3.52%) Support Engineer
13 215 (3.35%) Linux Administrator
14 213 (3.32%) Oracle DBA
15 203 (3.16%) C++ Developer
16 199 (3.10%) Senior Developer
17 165 (2.57%) PHP Developer
18 157 (2.45%) UNIX Administrator
19 155 (2.42%) Systems Engineer
20 149 (2.32%) Linux Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 801 (12.48%) HTML
2 723 (11.27%) Web Services
3 650 (10.13%) XML
4 605 (9.43%) CSS
5 437 (6.81%) Spring
6 419 (6.53%) jQuery
7 365 (5.69%) .NET
8 348 (5.42%) Middleware
9 342 (5.33%) J2EE
10 267 (4.16%) HTML5
11 239 (3.72%) Hibernate
12 229 (3.57%) JSON
13 215 (3.35%) LAMP
13 215 (3.35%) SOAP
14 212 (3.30%) Ajax
15 194 (3.02%) REST
16 189 (2.94%) RESTful
17 183 (2.85%) JSP
18 152 (2.37%) CSS3
19 149 (2.32%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 382 (5.95%) Open Source
2 282 (4.39%) Clustering
3 216 (3.37%) Computer Science
4 174 (2.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 147 (2.29%) Replication
6 146 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
7 118 (1.84%) Derivative
8 106 (1.65%) Mainframe
9 93 (1.45%) Fixed Income
10 90 (1.40%) Management Information System
11 81 (1.26%) Mobile App
12 77 (1.20%) Client/Server
13 72 (1.12%) Embedded Systems
14 61 (0.95%) DTV
15 54 (0.84%) Digital Media
16 52 (0.81%) Mathematics
17 48 (0.75%) Equities
18 40 (0.62%) Thin Client
18 40 (0.62%) PKI
18 40 (0.62%) STB
Operating Systems
1 2600 (40.51%) UNIX
2 2059 (32.08%) Windows
3 900 (14.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 872 (13.59%) Solaris
5 444 (6.92%) AIX
6 295 (4.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 230 (3.58%) Windows Server 2003
8 204 (3.18%) CentOS
9 187 (2.91%) Windows 7
10 186 (2.90%) Ubuntu
11 167 (2.60%) HPUX
12 127 (1.98%) SUSE
13 124 (1.93%) Windows XP
14 113 (1.76%) Android
15 110 (1.71%) Mac OS X
16 95 (1.48%) Debian
17 84 (1.31%) Oracle Linux
18 80 (1.25%) Embedded Linux
19 78 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
20 55 (0.86%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 742 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
2 519 (8.09%) OO
3 506 (7.88%) Continuous Integration
4 497 (7.74%) Software Engineering
5 490 (7.63%) ITIL
6 468 (7.29%) TDD
7 436 (6.79%) Configuration Management
8 348 (5.42%) Scrum
9 335 (5.22%) Project Management
10 317 (4.94%) E-Commerce
11 316 (4.92%) Migration
12 313 (4.88%) SOA
13 275 (4.28%) Multithreading
14 273 (4.25%) MVC
15 264 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
16 252 (3.93%) Performance Tuning
17 230 (3.58%) Change Management
18 200 (3.12%) Web Development
19 190 (2.96%) UML
20 180 (2.80%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 1896 (29.54%) Java
2 1640 (25.55%) SQL
3 898 (13.99%) Perl
4 854 (13.31%) Python
5 813 (12.67%) JavaScript
6 661 (10.30%) C++
7 588 (9.16%) PHP
8 537 (8.37%) Shell Script
9 458 (7.14%) Ruby
10 424 (6.61%) C
11 423 (6.59%) Bash Shell
12 337 (5.25%) PL/SQL
13 279 (4.35%) C#
14 173 (2.70%) PowerShell
15 102 (1.59%) Scala
16 82 (1.28%) Korn
17 78 (1.22%) VB
18 66 (1.03%) PHP5
19 58 (0.90%) Groovy
20 51 (0.79%) XPath
Qualifications
1 524 (8.16%) Security Cleared
2 405 (6.31%) Degree
3 355 (5.53%) SC Cleared
4 139 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
5 120 (1.87%) DV Cleared
6 92 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
7 79 (1.23%) ISTQB
8 78 (1.22%) RHCE
9 77 (1.20%) ISEB
10 76 (1.18%) CCNP
11 69 (1.08%) MCSE
12 63 (0.98%) CCNA
13 38 (0.59%) CISSP
14 37 (0.58%) Oracle Certification
15 36 (0.56%) OCP
16 35 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 29 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
18 28 (0.44%) CCIE
18 28 (0.44%) MCSA
19 24 (0.37%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (3.04%) QA
2 90 (1.40%) SLA
3 29 (0.45%) PCI DSS
4 15 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 15 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.22%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.11%) TickIT
7 6 (0.093%) DICOM
8 5 (0.078%) JSP 440
9 4 (0.062%) COBIT
9 4 (0.062%) Basel III
10 3 (0.047%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.047%) WCAG
10 3 (0.047%) WAI
11 2 (0.031%) GxP
11 2 (0.031%) Dodd-Frank
11 2 (0.031%) DO-178B
12 1 (0.016%) JTAG
12 1 (0.016%) ISO 14001
12 1 (0.016%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 538 (8.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 379 (5.91%) Active Directory
3 225 (3.51%) Oracle RAC
4 182 (2.84%) VMware ESX
5 167 (2.60%) vSphere
6 162 (2.52%) NFS
7 125 (1.95%) Oracle RMAN
8 112 (1.75%) Hyper-V
9 83 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
10 81 (1.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 81 (1.26%) XenApp
11 76 (1.18%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 70 (1.09%) KVM
13 56 (0.87%) XenDesktop
14 52 (0.81%) XenServer
15 47 (0.73%) Xen
16 41 (0.64%) vCloud
17 40 (0.62%) Varnish
17 40 (0.62%) Samba
18 33 (0.51%) Squid
Systems Management
1 654 (10.19%) Puppet
2 425 (6.62%) Opscode Chef
3 214 (3.33%) Nagios
4 139 (2.17%) Tivoli
5 135 (2.10%) Data Guard
6 96 (1.50%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 87 (1.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 79 (1.23%) NetBackup
9 60 (0.93%) ZABBIX
10 54 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
11 51 (0.79%) Control-M
12 50 (0.78%) Cacti
13 47 (0.73%) Ansible
14 45 (0.70%) Vagrant
15 44 (0.69%) Ganglia
16 39 (0.61%) SCCM
17 38 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
18 32 (0.50%) Backup Exec
19 31 (0.48%) Cobbler
19 31 (0.48%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 1788 (27.86%) Oracle
2 1075 (16.75%) Red Hat
3 872 (13.59%) VMware
4 609 (9.49%) Microsoft
5 506 (7.88%) HP
6 435 (6.78%) IBM
7 403 (6.28%) Cisco
8 294 (4.58%) Citrix
9 277 (4.32%) EMC
10 249 (3.88%) JBoss
11 222 (3.46%) NetApp
12 220 (3.43%) Sun
13 216 (3.37%) Sybase
14 193 (3.01%) Veritas
15 127 (1.98%) F5
16 124 (1.93%) TIBCO
17 99 (1.54%) SAP
18 95 (1.48%) Reuters
19 90 (1.40%) CheckPoint
20 79 (1.23%) Rackspace
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Excellent market rate paid weekly
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £650 - £750 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Somerset
Sanderson
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Certes Computing Ltd (Birmingham)
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 17 hours ago
Warwickshire
Jumar
Posted: 19 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Forman IT
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Proteus Europe
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Proteus Europe
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Digitek Resourcing
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday