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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 18 27 21
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -6
Contract jobs citing Linux 4233 3139 3066
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.80% 6.13% 6.29%
As % of the Operating Systems category 33.85% 27.00% 28.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2761 1905 1808
Average daily rate
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£415 £408 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.84% +5.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 136 150
Average hourly rate £33.50 £32.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.68% -14.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.51 £13.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £32.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -11.11%

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
12507 11628 10791
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 23.06% 22.71% 22.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7404 6469 5707
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £515 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1044 1048 1117
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -14.28%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 +9 3947 £423 +2.42% 1038
London +8 1906 £450 +1.12% 405
South East +11 780 £375 +3.44% 252
City of London +6 441 £475 +5.55% 141
Hampshire +15 285 £375 -3.22% 73
South West +17 264 £400 +26.98% 72
East of England +8 258 £425 +21.42% 94
Yorkshire +13 238 £363 +13.28% 77
Berkshire +12 201 £378 +7.85% 55
North West +18 193 £380 -5.00% 59
West Yorkshire +12 191 £363 +15.07% 42
Leeds +17 182 £363 +20.83% 32
Scotland -2 163 £390 +3.31% 30
West Midlands +4 126 £350 - 36
Surrey -6 116 £388 +19.23% 62
North East +19 97 £330 +32.00% 10
Manchester +15 91 £380 -0.32% 38
Cambridgeshire -3 90 £325 - 57
Bristol +27 87 £425 +30.76% 17
Edinburgh -7 82 £418 +5.69% 17
Tyne and Wear +14 80 £360 +44.00% 5
East Midlands +16 77 £360 +13.38% 32
Newcastle upon Tyne +15 73 £411 +64.37% 5
Reading +9 65 £400 +23.07% 18
Essex +9 64 £425 +23.18% 5
Gloucestershire +8 63 £375 -5.06% 18
Buckinghamshire +14 57 £350 -3.44% 8
Cambridge +2 54 £325 -18.75% 49
Wiltshire +4 53 £414 +50.45% 13
Cheshire +14 52 £363 -15.69% 11

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 3093 (37.32%) UNIX
2 2329 (28.10%) Windows
3 2302 (27.78%) Java
4 1993 (24.05%) Agile Software Development
5 1874 (22.61%) SQL
6 1867 (22.53%) Oracle
7 1472 (17.76%) Red Hat
8 1442 (17.40%) Python
9 1268 (15.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1259 (15.19%) VMware
11 1186 (14.31%) Puppet
12 1178 (14.22%) Finance
13 1132 (13.66%) DevOps
14 1124 (13.56%) Apache
14 1124 (13.56%) HTML
15 1055 (12.73%) MySQL
16 1054 (12.72%) Perl
17 1040 (12.55%) JavaScript
18 992 (11.97%) Git (software)
19 958 (11.56%) Continuous Integration
20 936 (11.29%) Security Cleared
21 896 (10.81%) Configuration Management
22 881 (10.63%) Web Services
23 869 (10.49%) PHP
24 863 (10.41%) Ruby
25 829 (10.00%) Jenkins
26 825 (9.96%) C++
27 800 (9.65%) Banking
28 780 (9.41%) Microsoft
29 768 (9.27%) Opscode Chef

Linux
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 1124 (13.56%) Apache
2 569 (6.87%) Tomcat
3 465 (5.61%) WebLogic
4 454 (5.48%) WebSphere
5 336 (4.05%) JBoss
6 220 (2.65%) IIS
7 178 (2.15%) Node.js
8 173 (2.09%) nginx
9 169 (2.04%) OpenStack
10 145 (1.75%) MS Exchange
11 111 (1.34%) Confluence
12 110 (1.33%) WebSphere Application Server
13 95 (1.15%) CMS
14 93 (1.12%) SharePoint
15 86 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
16 73 (0.88%) IBM HTTP Server
17 65 (0.78%) Drupal
18 64 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2010
19 60 (0.72%) Apache Solr
20 56 (0.68%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 334 (4.03%) MS Excel
2 154 (1.86%) MS Office
3 71 (0.86%) MS Visio
4 32 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (0.30%) MS Project
6 15 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.097%) Mathematica
10 5 (0.060%) SPSS
11 2 (0.024%) FrameMaker
11 2 (0.024%) Stata
11 2 (0.024%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.012%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.012%) MODO
12 1 (0.012%) Maya
12 1 (0.012%) CATIA
12 1 (0.012%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.012%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.012%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 69 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
2 39 (0.47%) Oracle BPM
3 36 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
4 34 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
5 30 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 27 (0.33%) RMDS
7 26 (0.31%) Magento
8 21 (0.25%) BusinessWorks
9 19 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
10 12 (0.14%) Summit
10 12 (0.14%) SAP ERP
10 12 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
11 10 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
12 9 (0.11%) Murex MxG2000
13 7 (0.084%) Remedy ITSM
13 7 (0.084%) Markit EDM
14 6 (0.072%) TIBCO iProcess
14 6 (0.072%) Dynamics CRM
15 5 (0.060%) ResourceLink
15 5 (0.060%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 415 (5.01%) Amazon AWS
2 151 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
3 109 (1.32%) PaaS
4 101 (1.22%) Microsoft Azure
5 93 (1.12%) Amazon S3
6 86 (1.04%) IaaS
7 75 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
8 74 (0.89%) SaaS
9 41 (0.49%) GitHub
10 32 (0.39%) Heroku
11 23 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
12 22 (0.27%) Route 53
13 20 (0.24%) Google Apps
14 19 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
15 18 (0.22%) Office 365
16 15 (0.18%) Google App Engine
17 13 (0.16%) OpenShift
18 12 (0.14%) Engine Yard
19 8 (0.097%) Amazon SQS
20 6 (0.072%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 650 (7.84%) Firewall
2 631 (7.61%) TCP/IP
3 621 (7.49%) DNS
4 574 (6.93%) SAN
5 556 (6.71%) HTTP
6 329 (3.97%) Internet
7 293 (3.54%) SSL
8 273 (3.29%) LDAP
9 249 (3.00%) DHCP
10 214 (2.58%) WAN
11 209 (2.52%) NAS
12 206 (2.49%) LAN
13 191 (2.30%) VPN
14 158 (1.91%) Network Security
15 120 (1.45%) FTP
16 112 (1.35%) BGP
17 110 (1.33%) VLAN
18 96 (1.16%) IPsec
19 89 (1.07%) SSH
20 87 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1055 (12.73%) MySQL
2 687 (8.29%) Relational Database
3 548 (6.61%) Oracle Database
4 501 (6.05%) MongoDB
5 493 (5.95%) SQL Server
6 370 (4.46%) NoSQL
7 362 (4.37%) PostgreSQL
8 279 (3.37%) RDBMS
9 244 (2.94%) Oracle Database 11g
10 241 (2.91%) DB2
11 206 (2.49%) Big Data
12 191 (2.30%) Hadoop
13 171 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
14 146 (1.76%) Apache Cassandra
15 128 (1.54%) Redis
16 124 (1.50%) Oracle Database 10g
17 93 (1.12%) Neo4j
18 73 (0.88%) MariaDB
19 71 (0.86%) Oracle Exadata
20 62 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 992 (11.97%) Git (software)
2 829 (10.00%) Jenkins
3 766 (9.24%) Subversion
4 493 (5.95%) Maven
5 287 (3.46%) JIRA
6 265 (3.20%) Ant
7 203 (2.45%) JUnit
8 195 (2.35%) Selenium
9 183 (2.21%) Eclipse
10 179 (2.16%) Hudson
11 162 (1.95%) Cucumber
12 161 (1.94%) TeamCity
13 144 (1.74%) ClearCase
14 114 (1.38%) PHPUnit
15 92 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 85 (1.03%) Mockito
17 68 (0.82%) RSpec
18 65 (0.78%) ClearQuest
19 60 (0.72%) WebDriver
19 60 (0.72%) CruiseControl
General
1 1178 (14.22%) Finance
2 800 (9.65%) Banking
3 345 (4.16%) Investment Banking
4 292 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 246 (2.97%) Front Office
6 215 (2.59%) Retail
7 145 (1.75%) Marketing
8 112 (1.35%) Financial Institution
9 101 (1.22%) Games
10 95 (1.15%) Manufacturing
11 75 (0.91%) Electronics
12 58 (0.70%) Legal
13 56 (0.68%) Publishing
14 36 (0.43%) Automotive
15 30 (0.36%) Advertising
16 28 (0.34%) Back Office
17 22 (0.27%) Law
18 21 (0.25%) German Language
19 16 (0.19%) Retail Banking
20 13 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 2430 (29.32%) Developer
2 725 (8.75%) Java Developer
3 638 (7.70%) DevOps Engineer
4 606 (7.31%) Administrator
5 559 (6.75%) Analyst
6 532 (6.42%) Architect
7 331 (3.99%) Systems Administrator
8 326 (3.93%) Software Engineer
9 320 (3.86%) Consultant
10 312 (3.76%) C++ Developer
11 307 (3.70%) Linux Engineer
12 273 (3.29%) PHP Developer
13 256 (3.09%) Support Engineer
14 252 (3.04%) Linux Administrator
15 238 (2.87%) Senior Developer
16 233 (2.81%) DBA
17 217 (2.62%) Support Analyst
18 191 (2.30%) Linux DevOps Engineer
19 190 (2.29%) Systems Engineer
20 183 (2.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1124 (13.56%) HTML
2 881 (10.63%) Web Services
3 716 (8.64%) XML
4 710 (8.57%) CSS
5 433 (5.23%) Spring
6 425 (5.13%) Middleware
7 413 (4.98%) jQuery
8 388 (4.68%) HTML5
9 377 (4.55%) REST
10 347 (4.19%) .NET
11 337 (4.07%) Hibernate
12 324 (3.91%) LAMP
13 314 (3.79%) J2EE
14 289 (3.49%) JSON
15 270 (3.26%) RESTful
16 251 (3.03%) SOAP
17 229 (2.76%) Ajax
18 185 (2.23%) JMS
19 173 (2.09%) CSS3
20 162 (1.95%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 674 (8.13%) Open Source
2 539 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
3 296 (3.57%) Clustering
4 242 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 166 (2.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 149 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
7 145 (1.75%) Replication
8 134 (1.62%) Management Information System
9 125 (1.51%) Derivative
10 119 (1.44%) User Experience
11 117 (1.41%) Client/Server
12 105 (1.27%) Algorithms
13 95 (1.15%) Visualisation
14 94 (1.13%) Mobile App
15 83 (1.00%) Fixed Income
16 73 (0.88%) Mainframe
16 73 (0.88%) PKI
17 71 (0.86%) Equities
18 68 (0.82%) Mathematics
19 65 (0.78%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 3093 (37.32%) UNIX
2 2329 (28.10%) Windows
3 1268 (15.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 718 (8.66%) Solaris
5 543 (6.55%) CentOS
6 447 (5.39%) AIX
7 412 (4.97%) Windows Server 2008
8 369 (4.45%) Ubuntu
9 350 (4.22%) Mac OS X
10 301 (3.63%) Windows Server 2003
11 214 (2.58%) Windows Server 2012
12 166 (2.00%) HPUX
13 161 (1.94%) SUSE
14 150 (1.81%) Windows 7
15 130 (1.57%) Oracle Linux
16 129 (1.56%) Debian
17 128 (1.54%) Android
18 103 (1.24%) Windows XP
19 83 (1.00%) Apple iOS
20 72 (0.87%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1993 (24.05%) Agile Software Development
2 1132 (13.66%) DevOps
3 958 (11.56%) Continuous Integration
4 896 (10.81%) Configuration Management
5 690 (8.33%) Scrum
6 687 (8.29%) OO
7 670 (8.08%) TDD
8 623 (7.52%) ITIL
9 604 (7.29%) Software Engineering
10 425 (5.13%) E-Commerce
11 392 (4.73%) Migration
12 371 (4.48%) Web Development
13 339 (4.09%) SOA
13 339 (4.09%) Multithreading
14 306 (3.69%) Performance Tuning
15 300 (3.62%) MVC
16 286 (3.45%) Load Balancing
16 286 (3.45%) BDD
17 261 (3.15%) Project Management
18 254 (3.07%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2302 (27.78%) Java
2 1874 (22.61%) SQL
3 1442 (17.40%) Python
4 1054 (12.72%) Perl
5 1040 (12.55%) JavaScript
6 869 (10.49%) PHP
7 863 (10.41%) Ruby
8 825 (9.96%) C++
9 739 (8.92%) Shell Script
10 665 (8.02%) Bash Shell
11 519 (6.26%) C
12 357 (4.31%) PL/SQL
13 263 (3.17%) C#
14 261 (3.15%) PowerShell
15 197 (2.38%) Scala
16 128 (1.54%) Korn
17 93 (1.12%) VB
18 77 (0.93%) PHP5
19 66 (0.80%) Groovy
20 65 (0.78%) XPath
Qualifications
1 936 (11.29%) Security Cleared
2 644 (7.77%) SC Cleared
3 411 (4.96%) Degree
4 259 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
5 244 (2.94%) DV Cleared
6 176 (2.12%) CCNA
7 163 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
8 114 (1.38%) MCSE
9 95 (1.15%) CISSP
10 89 (1.07%) CCNP
11 63 (0.76%) RHCE
12 61 (0.74%) ISTQB
13 60 (0.72%) ISEB
14 59 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 54 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
15 54 (0.65%) MCITP
16 40 (0.48%) MCP
16 40 (0.48%) JNCIA
17 38 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 31 (0.37%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (2.84%) QA
2 127 (1.53%) SLA
3 54 (0.65%) PCI DSS
4 32 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 26 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 16 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.13%) ISO 14001
7 11 (0.13%) DO-178B
8 6 (0.072%) COBIT
9 5 (0.060%) WCAG
9 5 (0.060%) WAI
9 5 (0.060%) Basel III
9 5 (0.060%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.048%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.036%) TickIT
11 3 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 2 (0.024%) ISO 8583
12 2 (0.024%) HL7
12 2 (0.024%) DICOM
13 1 (0.012%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 703 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 471 (5.68%) Active Directory
3 184 (2.22%) vSphere
4 178 (2.15%) Oracle RAC
5 142 (1.71%) VMware ESX
6 130 (1.57%) NFS
7 123 (1.48%) Hyper-V
8 87 (1.05%) vCloud
9 86 (1.04%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 82 (0.99%) Oracle RMAN
11 75 (0.91%) Firmware
11 75 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
12 70 (0.84%) Xen
13 69 (0.83%) Varnish
14 62 (0.75%) KVM
15 61 (0.74%) XenServer
16 56 (0.68%) Docker
17 52 (0.63%) XenApp
18 42 (0.51%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 42 (0.51%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1186 (14.31%) Puppet
2 768 (9.27%) Opscode Chef
3 342 (4.13%) Nagios
4 242 (2.92%) Ansible
5 161 (1.94%) Tivoli
6 110 (1.33%) NetBackup
7 108 (1.30%) Salt
8 107 (1.29%) Vagrant
9 92 (1.11%) ZABBIX
10 71 (0.86%) SCCM
11 69 (0.83%) Data Guard
11 69 (0.83%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 68 (0.82%) Control-M
13 61 (0.74%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 60 (0.72%) Graphite
15 52 (0.63%) Cacti
16 51 (0.62%) Cobbler
17 49 (0.59%) SCOM
18 48 (0.58%) SELinux
19 45 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1867 (22.53%) Oracle
2 1472 (17.76%) Red Hat
3 1259 (15.19%) VMware
4 780 (9.41%) Microsoft
5 554 (6.69%) IBM
6 534 (6.44%) Cisco
7 503 (6.07%) HP
8 287 (3.46%) Citrix
9 250 (3.02%) EMC
10 231 (2.79%) Sybase
11 206 (2.49%) NetApp
12 191 (2.30%) Sun
13 178 (2.15%) Zend
14 165 (1.99%) F5
15 144 (1.74%) Veritas
16 138 (1.67%) Splunk
17 122 (1.47%) TIBCO
18 121 (1.46%) CheckPoint
19 118 (1.42%) SAP
19 118 (1.42%) Juniper
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