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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 22 21 26
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +5
Contract jobs citing Linux 4111 3549 3304
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.08% 6.72% 5.72%
As % of the Operating Systems category 32.32% 29.51% 27.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2719 2190 1829
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 97 191
Average hourly rate £34.76 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.32% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.88 £17.70 £18.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -

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
12719 12026 11984
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.91% 22.78% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7421 6775 6143
Average daily rate £350 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £180 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 1108 1025 1214
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.58 £11.11 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -11.76%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 0 3835 £400 - 1400
London +7 2082 £430 -4.44% 560
South East -2 587 £375 - 289
City of London +4 491 £450 -2.70% 190
South West +20 242 £393 +20.76% 133
East of England +5 232 £400 +11.11% 154
North West +11 224 £370 +13.84% 92
Berkshire +2 162 £350 - 85
Hampshire +1 162 £375 - 61
Yorkshire -10 161 £359 -0.96% 85
Scotland -12 144 £375 - 55
West Midlands +30 134 £325 +3.17% 39
West Yorkshire 0 131 £388 +10.71% 40
Surrey 0 123 £371 -4.19% 47
East Midlands +24 95 £365 +8.95% 27
Leeds +2 93 £275 -24.39% 32
Bristol +24 92 £400 +33.33% 45
Manchester +18 91 £350 +1.81% 46
Essex +15 83 £438 +11.11% 11
North East +22 73 £350 +45.83% 22
Cambridgeshire +12 70 £363 +31.81% 109
Tyne and Wear +11 64 £350 +45.83% 20
Hertfordshire -9 64 £405 +17.39% 23
Newcastle upon Tyne - 64 £350 - 20
Glasgow -12 63 £400 +6.66% 14
Cambridge +8 61 £369 +29.38% 98
Cheshire +1 57 £375 +21.75% 25
Reading +2 55 £350 - 25
Wiltshire +3 54 £350 +7.69% 16
Wales -5 54 £363 +20.83% 16

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 2901 (36.95%) UNIX
2 2288 (29.14%) Windows
3 2205 (28.08%) Java
4 1951 (24.85%) Oracle
5 1782 (22.69%) SQL
6 1711 (21.79%) Agile Software Development
7 1390 (17.70%) Red Hat
8 1282 (16.33%) Python
9 1231 (15.68%) Finance
10 1160 (14.77%) VMware
11 1135 (14.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1131 (14.40%) JavaScript
13 1123 (14.30%) Apache
14 1117 (14.23%) HTML
15 1090 (13.88%) Perl
16 1059 (13.49%) MySQL
17 942 (12.00%) Puppet
18 906 (11.54%) Git (software)
19 890 (11.33%) DevOps
20 869 (11.07%) Web Services
21 866 (11.03%) PHP
22 818 (10.42%) Banking
23 784 (9.98%) C++
24 776 (9.88%) Ruby
25 762 (9.70%) CSS
26 753 (9.59%) Microsoft
27 751 (9.56%) Configuration Management
28 736 (9.37%) XML
29 733 (9.34%) Solaris
30 728 (9.27%) Continuous Integration

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 1123 (14.30%) Apache
2 535 (6.81%) Tomcat
3 518 (6.60%) WebSphere
4 506 (6.44%) WebLogic
5 260 (3.31%) IIS
6 160 (2.04%) nginx
7 121 (1.54%) MS Exchange
8 117 (1.49%) WebSphere Application Server
8 117 (1.49%) OpenStack
9 116 (1.48%) Node.js
10 108 (1.38%) CMS
11 102 (1.30%) SharePoint
12 84 (1.07%) Confluence
13 72 (0.92%) IBM HTTP Server
14 71 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
15 66 (0.84%) Drupal
15 66 (0.84%) Oracle Workflow
16 59 (0.75%) SAS
17 57 (0.73%) WordPress
18 56 (0.71%) MQSeries
Applications
1 307 (3.91%) MS Excel
2 138 (1.76%) MS Office
3 67 (0.85%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.39%) MS Project
5 30 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
6 22 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
10 5 (0.064%) SPSS
11 4 (0.051%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.025%) Maya
13 1 (0.013%) CATIA
13 1 (0.013%) Doxygen
13 1 (0.013%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.013%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.013%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.013%) PowerPivot
13 1 (0.013%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 87 (1.11%) Oracle EBS
2 51 (0.65%) RMDS
3 42 (0.53%) Oracle BPM
4 40 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
5 30 (0.38%) Magento
6 28 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
7 24 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 18 (0.23%) ION MarketView
9 15 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
10 10 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.11%) Summit
11 9 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
11 9 (0.11%) Murex MxG2000
11 9 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
12 8 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
13 7 (0.089%) SAP ERP
13 7 (0.089%) Oracle Financials
14 6 (0.076%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.076%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
15 5 (0.064%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 382 (4.87%) Amazon AWS
2 180 (2.29%) Amazon EC2
3 89 (1.13%) IaaS
4 87 (1.11%) Amazon S3
5 84 (1.07%) SaaS
6 83 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
7 75 (0.96%) PaaS
8 73 (0.93%) Microsoft Azure
9 34 (0.43%) GitHub
10 25 (0.32%) Office 365
10 25 (0.32%) Google App Engine
11 22 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
12 17 (0.22%) Heroku
13 13 (0.17%) Google Apps
14 10 (0.13%) Route 53
15 8 (0.10%) Rackspace Cloud
16 6 (0.076%) IBM SmartCloud
17 5 (0.064%) OpenShift
17 5 (0.064%) Joyent
18 3 (0.038%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 604 (7.69%) DNS
2 597 (7.60%) TCP/IP
2 597 (7.60%) Firewall
3 569 (7.25%) HTTP
4 558 (7.11%) SAN
5 303 (3.86%) Internet
6 301 (3.83%) LDAP
7 300 (3.82%) SSL
8 229 (2.92%) DHCP
9 204 (2.60%) LAN
10 195 (2.48%) WAN
11 193 (2.46%) NAS
12 187 (2.38%) VPN
13 138 (1.76%) Network Security
14 121 (1.54%) SSH
15 119 (1.52%) FTP
16 90 (1.15%) Multicast
17 76 (0.97%) SNMP
18 75 (0.96%) BGP
18 75 (0.96%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1059 (13.49%) MySQL
2 619 (7.88%) Relational Database
3 568 (7.23%) Oracle Database
4 501 (6.38%) SQL Server
5 351 (4.47%) MongoDB
6 309 (3.94%) NoSQL
7 284 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
8 261 (3.32%) DB2
9 258 (3.29%) Oracle Database 11g
10 251 (3.20%) RDBMS
11 155 (1.97%) Big Data
12 150 (1.91%) Oracle Database 10g
13 146 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
14 134 (1.71%) Hadoop
15 121 (1.54%) Apache Cassandra
16 95 (1.21%) Redis
17 73 (0.93%) Oracle Exadata
18 71 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
19 63 (0.80%) Neo4j
20 48 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 906 (11.54%) Git (software)
2 713 (9.08%) Subversion
3 586 (7.46%) Jenkins
4 392 (4.99%) Maven
5 265 (3.37%) JIRA
6 215 (2.74%) Ant
7 199 (2.53%) JUnit
8 195 (2.48%) Hudson
9 186 (2.37%) Selenium
10 161 (2.05%) Eclipse
11 143 (1.82%) Cucumber
12 122 (1.55%) ClearCase
13 110 (1.40%) TeamCity
14 81 (1.03%) PHPUnit
15 69 (0.88%) Mockito
16 68 (0.87%) RSpec
17 67 (0.85%) WebDriver
18 65 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 46 (0.59%) ClearQuest
20 43 (0.55%) Oracle Forms
General
1 1231 (15.68%) Finance
2 818 (10.42%) Banking
3 341 (4.34%) Investment Banking
4 291 (3.71%) Telecoms
5 232 (2.95%) Front Office
6 221 (2.81%) Retail
7 129 (1.64%) Financial Institution
8 127 (1.62%) Marketing
9 91 (1.16%) Games
10 84 (1.07%) Manufacturing
11 70 (0.89%) Electronics
12 53 (0.67%) Publishing
13 48 (0.61%) Legal
14 46 (0.59%) Advertising
15 31 (0.39%) Automotive
16 25 (0.32%) German Language
17 16 (0.20%) Back Office
18 15 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
18 15 (0.19%) Aerospace
18 15 (0.19%) Billing
Job Titles
1 2394 (30.49%) Developer
2 665 (8.47%) Java Developer
3 620 (7.90%) Administrator
4 553 (7.04%) Analyst
5 468 (5.96%) DevOps Engineer
6 453 (5.77%) Architect
7 365 (4.65%) Systems Administrator
8 358 (4.56%) Software Engineer
9 321 (4.09%) Linux Engineer
10 305 (3.88%) Consultant
11 299 (3.81%) C++ Developer
12 271 (3.45%) DBA
13 257 (3.27%) Support Engineer
14 246 (3.13%) PHP Developer
15 233 (2.97%) Linux Administrator
16 211 (2.69%) Systems Engineer
17 205 (2.61%) Senior Developer
18 192 (2.45%) Support Analyst
19 186 (2.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
20 168 (2.14%) Linux DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1117 (14.23%) HTML
2 869 (11.07%) Web Services
3 762 (9.70%) CSS
4 736 (9.37%) XML
5 438 (5.58%) Spring
6 408 (5.20%) Middleware
7 402 (5.12%) jQuery
8 361 (4.60%) HTML5
9 346 (4.41%) LAMP
9 346 (4.41%) .NET
10 332 (4.23%) J2EE
11 318 (4.05%) Hibernate
12 299 (3.81%) JSON
13 284 (3.62%) RESTful
14 282 (3.59%) REST
15 263 (3.35%) SOAP
16 222 (2.83%) Ajax
17 188 (2.39%) JSP
18 184 (2.34%) JMS
19 170 (2.17%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 662 (8.43%) Open Source
2 490 (6.24%) Analytical Skills
3 272 (3.46%) Computer Science
4 236 (3.01%) Clustering
5 200 (2.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 182 (2.32%) Replication
7 141 (1.80%) Derivative
8 136 (1.73%) Management Information System
9 117 (1.49%) Mainframe
10 115 (1.46%) Algorithms
11 112 (1.43%) Fixed Income
12 106 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
13 105 (1.34%) Visualisation
14 101 (1.29%) User Experience
15 93 (1.18%) Hedge funds
16 88 (1.12%) Client/Server
17 85 (1.08%) DTV
18 82 (1.04%) Mobile App
19 77 (0.98%) Mathematics
20 75 (0.96%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2901 (36.95%) UNIX
2 2288 (29.14%) Windows
3 1135 (14.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 733 (9.34%) Solaris
5 443 (5.64%) AIX
6 422 (5.37%) CentOS
7 387 (4.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 341 (4.34%) Mac OS X
9 311 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
10 262 (3.34%) Ubuntu
11 167 (2.13%) SUSE
11 167 (2.13%) HPUX
12 154 (1.96%) Windows 7
13 151 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
14 135 (1.72%) Android
15 130 (1.66%) Oracle Linux
16 128 (1.63%) Debian
17 120 (1.53%) Windows XP
18 81 (1.03%) Embedded Linux
19 79 (1.01%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1711 (21.79%) Agile Software Development
2 890 (11.33%) DevOps
3 751 (9.56%) Configuration Management
4 728 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
5 643 (8.19%) OO
6 642 (8.18%) ITIL
7 638 (8.13%) TDD
8 597 (7.60%) Software Engineering
9 591 (7.53%) Scrum
10 411 (5.23%) E-Commerce
11 382 (4.87%) Migration
11 382 (4.87%) Web Development
12 346 (4.41%) SOA
13 300 (3.82%) Multithreading
14 290 (3.69%) Performance Tuning
15 286 (3.64%) MVC
16 264 (3.36%) Project Management
17 250 (3.18%) BDD
18 236 (3.01%) Change Management
19 235 (2.99%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2205 (28.08%) Java
2 1782 (22.69%) SQL
3 1282 (16.33%) Python
4 1131 (14.40%) JavaScript
5 1090 (13.88%) Perl
6 866 (11.03%) PHP
7 784 (9.98%) C++
8 776 (9.88%) Ruby
9 724 (9.22%) Shell Script
10 618 (7.87%) Bash Shell
11 501 (6.38%) C
12 320 (4.08%) PL/SQL
13 256 (3.26%) PowerShell
14 247 (3.15%) C#
15 201 (2.56%) Scala
16 139 (1.77%) Korn
17 111 (1.41%) VB
18 87 (1.11%) Groovy
19 64 (0.82%) PHP5
20 63 (0.80%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 675 (8.60%) Security Cleared
2 464 (5.91%) SC Cleared
3 442 (5.63%) Degree
4 222 (2.83%) Cisco Certification
5 161 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
6 156 (1.99%) DV Cleared
7 128 (1.63%) CCNA
8 97 (1.24%) ISTQB
9 96 (1.22%) MCSE
10 83 (1.06%) CISSP
11 76 (0.97%) CCNP
12 66 (0.84%) MCITP
13 59 (0.75%) ISEB
14 57 (0.73%) RHCE
15 56 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 49 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 41 (0.52%) MCP
18 40 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
19 38 (0.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
20 36 (0.46%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (2.76%) QA
2 143 (1.82%) SLA
3 63 (0.80%) PCI DSS
4 57 (0.73%) ISO 9001
5 24 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.18%) COBIT
7 11 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.13%) DO-178B
9 7 (0.089%) ISO 14001
10 5 (0.064%) Basel III
11 4 (0.051%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.038%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.038%) TickIT
12 3 (0.038%) JTAG
13 2 (0.025%) ISO 8583
13 2 (0.025%) ISO/IEC 17799
14 1 (0.013%) ISO 9000
14 1 (0.013%) Basel II
14 1 (0.013%) COREP
14 1 (0.013%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 689 (8.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 487 (6.20%) Active Directory
3 217 (2.76%) Oracle RAC
4 156 (1.99%) NFS
5 142 (1.81%) vSphere
6 113 (1.44%) VMware ESX
7 100 (1.27%) Oracle RMAN
7 100 (1.27%) vCloud
8 91 (1.16%) Hyper-V
9 69 (0.88%) Xen
10 68 (0.87%) XenServer
11 63 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
11 63 (0.80%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 57 (0.73%) KVM
13 56 (0.71%) Firmware
14 50 (0.64%) Samba
15 47 (0.60%) XenApp
15 47 (0.60%) Varnish
16 42 (0.53%) Squid
17 39 (0.50%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 942 (12.00%) Puppet
2 586 (7.46%) Opscode Chef
3 282 (3.59%) Nagios
4 138 (1.76%) Tivoli
5 112 (1.43%) Ansible
6 98 (1.25%) NetBackup
7 95 (1.21%) Data Guard
8 94 (1.20%) Salt
9 90 (1.15%) Vagrant
10 82 (1.04%) ZABBIX
11 74 (0.94%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 72 (0.92%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 69 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
14 68 (0.87%) SCCM
15 54 (0.69%) Zenoss
16 53 (0.67%) Cacti
17 49 (0.62%) Control-M
18 48 (0.61%) SCOM
19 46 (0.59%) Nessus
20 39 (0.50%) YUM
Vendors
1 1951 (24.85%) Oracle
2 1390 (17.70%) Red Hat
3 1160 (14.77%) VMware
4 753 (9.59%) Microsoft
5 631 (8.04%) IBM
6 529 (6.74%) Cisco
7 518 (6.60%) HP
8 304 (3.87%) JBoss
9 299 (3.81%) Citrix
10 261 (3.32%) EMC
11 254 (3.23%) Sybase
12 221 (2.81%) NetApp
13 186 (2.37%) Sun
14 160 (2.04%) Zend
15 127 (1.62%) SAP
16 124 (1.58%) TIBCO
17 120 (1.53%) Juniper
18 119 (1.52%) Veritas
19 117 (1.49%) F5
20 114 (1.45%) Splunk
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