The table below looks at the statistics for UNIX skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited UNIX over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
UNIX
Rank 32 31 28
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -3
Contract jobs citing UNIX 3096 2995 2924
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 5.22% 5.29% 5.55%
As % of the Operating Systems category 24.43% 23.58% 24.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 1828 1669 1679
Average daily rate
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£428 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +0.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £260 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 57 53
Average hourly rate £37.25 £31.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.25% -3.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.91 £14.00 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £56.59
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+19.04% -3.07%

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
12673 12704 11897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.35% 22.46% 22.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 7500 7239 6632
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £163 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 994 1084 1014
Average hourly rate £16.60 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

UNIX
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing UNIX within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

UNIX Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

UNIX
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing UNIX within the UK.

UNIX Daily Rate Trend in the UK

UNIX
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing UNIX within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

UNIX Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

UNIX
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing UNIX within the UK.

UNIX Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

UNIX
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing UNIX within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

UNIX Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

UNIX
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 UNIX within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 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 2772 £440 +3.52% 636
London -3 1321 £475 +5.55% 299
South East +8 606 £400 +14.28% 104
City of London -5 309 £475 - 104
Scotland +7 217 £358 -2.05% 23
North West +8 205 £450 +20.00% 52
Yorkshire +13 176 £425 +7.59% 43
Berkshire +19 157 £450 +31.38% 34
West Yorkshire +15 143 £425 +6.25% 35
Hampshire -6 133 £423 +17.36% 18
East of England -6 131 £425 +6.25% 42
Surrey +12 126 £400 +16.78% 20
Leeds +19 117 £425 +6.25% 23
Glasgow +5 110 £350 -12.50% 9
Buckinghamshire +11 106 £389 -2.81% 7
South West -4 103 £420 -1.17% 44
East Midlands -10 83 £355 -2.06% 25
Milton Keynes +5 80 £389 +0.32% 1
Manchester +10 78 £445 +18.66% 19
Reading +24 77 £475 +58.33% 15
North East -14 71 £475 +58.20% 5
West Midlands -28 67 £400 +21.21% 20
Edinburgh +2 63 £363 +9.84% 11
Tyne and Wear -11 63 £475 +53.22% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 61 £475 +46.15% 4
Lancashire +25 47 £518 +38.00% 5
Gloucestershire +12 42 £425 +18.05% 8
Blackpool +11 42 £521 +34.51% 1
Cheshire -11 41 £419 +4.03% 11
Hertfordshire -3 40 £463 +18.21% 21

UNIX
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing UNIX 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 UNIX.

1 2964 (50.08%) Linux
2 2159 (36.48%) SQL
3 1978 (33.42%) Oracle
4 1726 (29.17%) Java
5 1529 (25.84%) Windows
6 1408 (23.79%) Finance
7 1155 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
8 1023 (17.29%) Perl
9 968 (16.36%) Shell Script
10 856 (14.46%) Banking
11 745 (12.59%) Python
12 692 (11.69%) Solaris
13 630 (10.65%) JavaScript
14 618 (10.44%) HTML
15 614 (10.38%) XML
16 605 (10.22%) Oracle Database
17 594 (10.04%) Security Cleared
18 585 (9.89%) Relational Database
19 560 (9.46%) C++
20 542 (9.16%) Red Hat
21 531 (8.97%) PL/SQL
21 531 (8.97%) Microsoft
22 527 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
23 509 (8.60%) SQL Server
24 503 (8.50%) Configuration Management
25 501 (8.47%) IBM
26 483 (8.16%) VMware
27 482 (8.14%) ITIL
28 456 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
29 445 (7.52%) Subversion

UNIX
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing UNIX 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 UNIX. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 406 (6.86%) WebSphere
2 358 (6.05%) Apache
3 333 (5.63%) Tomcat
4 243 (4.11%) WebLogic
5 177 (2.99%) JBoss
6 173 (2.92%) SAS
7 129 (2.18%) IIS
8 116 (1.96%) WebSphere Application Server
9 109 (1.84%) Node.js
10 78 (1.32%) SharePoint
11 67 (1.13%) MS Exchange
12 55 (0.93%) MQSeries
13 47 (0.79%) Confluence
14 43 (0.73%) nginx
14 43 (0.73%) Jetty
15 33 (0.56%) OpenStack
16 32 (0.54%) CICS
17 30 (0.51%) Oracle Coherence
17 30 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
18 28 (0.47%) GlassFish
Applications
1 263 (4.44%) MS Excel
2 148 (2.50%) MS Office
3 88 (1.49%) MS Visio
4 54 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
5 39 (0.66%) MS Project
6 29 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.20%) PaintShop Pro
8 9 (0.15%) AutoCAD
9 8 (0.14%) Siemens NX
10 6 (0.10%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.068%) CATIA
12 3 (0.051%) SPSS
12 3 (0.051%) HipChat
13 2 (0.034%) Photoshop
13 2 (0.034%) Maya
13 2 (0.034%) PrintSoft PReS
13 2 (0.034%) Doxygen
14 1 (0.017%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.017%) Adobe Illustrator
14 1 (0.017%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 53 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
2 36 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
3 25 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
4 24 (0.41%) Maximo
5 19 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
6 18 (0.30%) Oracle General Ledger
7 16 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
8 15 (0.25%) Summit
8 15 (0.25%) Global One
9 13 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
10 12 (0.20%) Teamcenter
10 12 (0.20%) BusinessWorks
10 12 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
11 11 (0.19%) Oracle BRM
11 11 (0.19%) ION MarketView
11 11 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
11 11 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 10 (0.17%) Loan IQ
12 10 (0.17%) Magento
13 9 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 228 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
2 60 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
3 56 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
4 38 (0.64%) IaaS
5 35 (0.59%) SaaS
6 30 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
7 29 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
8 23 (0.39%) GitHub
8 23 (0.39%) PaaS
9 20 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 16 (0.27%) Amazon S3
10 16 (0.27%) Google Analytics
11 13 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 11 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
12 11 (0.19%) Office 365
13 10 (0.17%) Heroku
14 6 (0.10%) Route 53
15 4 (0.068%) HP Helion
15 4 (0.068%) AWS CloudTrail
16 3 (0.051%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 399 (6.74%) TCP/IP
2 395 (6.67%) SAN
3 387 (6.54%) Firewall
4 285 (4.82%) HTTP
5 276 (4.66%) DNS
6 258 (4.36%) Internet
7 216 (3.65%) LDAP
8 182 (3.08%) SSL
9 153 (2.59%) NAS
10 147 (2.48%) WAN
11 133 (2.25%) LAN
12 100 (1.69%) Network Security
13 97 (1.64%) VPN
13 97 (1.64%) FTP
14 84 (1.42%) SSH
15 77 (1.30%) BGP
16 73 (1.23%) DHCP
17 70 (1.18%) OSPF
18 69 (1.17%) 3G
19 66 (1.12%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 605 (10.22%) Oracle Database
2 585 (9.89%) Relational Database
3 509 (8.60%) SQL Server
4 379 (6.40%) MySQL
5 332 (5.61%) DB2
6 257 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
7 238 (4.02%) Oracle Database 11g
8 206 (3.48%) MongoDB
9 205 (3.46%) RDBMS
10 174 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
11 153 (2.59%) Big Data
12 150 (2.53%) Oracle Database 10g
13 142 (2.40%) Hadoop
14 129 (2.18%) Oracle Reports
15 121 (2.04%) BusinessObjects
16 104 (1.76%) NoSQL
17 80 (1.35%) SAS Data Integration Studio
18 78 (1.32%) Base SAS
19 74 (1.25%) PowerCenter
20 69 (1.17%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 445 (7.52%) Subversion
2 405 (6.84%) Git (software)
3 351 (5.93%) Jenkins
4 256 (4.33%) Maven
5 225 (3.80%) JIRA
6 180 (3.04%) Ant
7 126 (2.13%) Eclipse
8 122 (2.06%) Selenium
9 121 (2.04%) JUnit
10 91 (1.54%) LoadRunner
11 83 (1.40%) Cucumber
12 82 (1.39%) Oracle Forms
13 81 (1.37%) ClearCase
14 76 (1.28%) SoapUI
15 75 (1.27%) Hudson
16 70 (1.18%) JMeter
17 52 (0.88%) HP UFT
17 52 (0.88%) Gradle
18 51 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 47 (0.79%) TeamCity
General
1 1408 (23.79%) Finance
2 856 (14.46%) Banking
3 330 (5.58%) Investment Banking
4 283 (4.78%) Telecoms
5 239 (4.04%) Front Office
6 180 (3.04%) Retail
7 93 (1.57%) Financial Institution
8 76 (1.28%) Marketing
9 66 (1.12%) Back Office
10 60 (1.01%) Legal
11 59 (1.00%) Manufacturing
12 42 (0.71%) Billing
13 31 (0.52%) Electronics
14 23 (0.39%) Advertising
15 20 (0.34%) Law
16 19 (0.32%) Publishing
17 18 (0.30%) Games
17 18 (0.30%) Military
17 18 (0.30%) Spanish Language
18 17 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1718 (29.03%) Developer
2 746 (12.61%) Analyst
3 539 (9.11%) Architect
4 455 (7.69%) Administrator
5 438 (7.40%) Java Developer
6 318 (5.37%) Consultant
7 259 (4.38%) Systems Administrator
8 217 (3.67%) Support Analyst
9 212 (3.58%) C++ Developer
10 207 (3.50%) Senior Developer
11 203 (3.43%) Applications Support
12 192 (3.24%) DBA
13 178 (3.01%) Test Analyst
14 174 (2.94%) UNIX Administrator
15 171 (2.89%) DevOps Engineer
16 166 (2.81%) Technical Architect
17 153 (2.59%) Oracle Developer
18 127 (2.15%) UNIX Systems Administrator
19 124 (2.10%) Tester
20 112 (1.89%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 618 (10.44%) HTML
2 614 (10.38%) XML
3 410 (6.93%) Web Services
3 410 (6.93%) Middleware
4 365 (6.17%) .NET
5 357 (6.03%) J2EE
6 325 (5.49%) CSS
7 279 (4.71%) Spring
8 202 (3.41%) SOAP
9 188 (3.18%) REST
10 153 (2.59%) FIX Protocol
11 149 (2.52%) JSP
11 149 (2.52%) HTML5
12 137 (2.31%) Hibernate
13 128 (2.16%) RESTful
14 121 (2.04%) jQuery
15 117 (1.98%) Ajax
16 115 (1.94%) WebSphere MQ
16 115 (1.94%) STL
17 111 (1.88%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 527 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
2 328 (5.54%) Data Centre
3 201 (3.40%) Computer Science
4 184 (3.11%) Derivative
5 182 (3.08%) Mainframe
6 167 (2.82%) Clustering
7 140 (2.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 138 (2.33%) Equities
9 137 (2.31%) Management Information System
10 101 (1.71%) PKI
11 95 (1.61%) Visualisation
12 92 (1.55%) Replication
13 88 (1.49%) Fixed Income
14 72 (1.22%) Client/Server
15 71 (1.20%) Credit Risk
16 62 (1.05%) DataPower
17 61 (1.03%) Data Integration
18 58 (0.98%) Equity Derivative
19 52 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
20 47 (0.79%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 2964 (50.08%) Linux
2 1529 (25.84%) Windows
3 692 (11.69%) Solaris
4 433 (7.32%) AIX
5 403 (6.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 195 (3.30%) Mac OS X
7 148 (2.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 122 (2.06%) Windows Server 2003
9 108 (1.82%) HPUX
10 79 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
11 75 (1.27%) CentOS
12 67 (1.13%) Ubuntu
13 58 (0.98%) MVS
14 49 (0.83%) Windows XP
15 48 (0.81%) zOS
15 48 (0.81%) SUSE
16 40 (0.68%) Windows 7
17 37 (0.63%) Mac OS
18 34 (0.57%) Oracle Linux
19 31 (0.52%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1155 (19.52%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (8.50%) Configuration Management
3 482 (8.14%) ITIL
4 456 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
5 405 (6.84%) TDD
5 405 (6.84%) Migration
6 363 (6.13%) DevOps
7 344 (5.81%) Performance Tuning
8 334 (5.64%) SDLC
9 326 (5.51%) OO
10 308 (5.20%) Scrum
11 279 (4.71%) ETL
12 277 (4.68%) Project Management
13 249 (4.21%) Multithreading
14 242 (4.09%) Software Engineering
15 215 (3.63%) Open Source
16 208 (3.51%) Unit Testing
17 205 (3.46%) E-Commerce
18 195 (3.30%) Change Management
19 194 (3.28%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2159 (36.48%) SQL
2 1726 (29.17%) Java
3 1023 (17.29%) Perl
4 968 (16.36%) Shell Script
5 745 (12.59%) Python
6 630 (10.65%) JavaScript
7 560 (9.46%) C++
8 531 (8.97%) PL/SQL
9 360 (6.08%) Ruby
10 299 (5.05%) C
11 265 (4.48%) C#
12 257 (4.34%) Bash Shell
13 213 (3.60%) PHP
14 198 (3.35%) PowerShell
15 138 (2.33%) Scala
16 135 (2.28%) Korn
17 121 (2.04%) VB
18 60 (1.01%) COBOL
19 56 (0.95%) T-SQL
20 47 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 594 (10.04%) Security Cleared
2 410 (6.93%) Degree
3 381 (6.44%) SC Cleared
4 145 (2.45%) DV Cleared
5 142 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
6 125 (2.11%) ISTQB
7 99 (1.67%) ISEB
8 70 (1.18%) CCNA
9 65 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
10 63 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 53 (0.90%) CCNP
12 46 (0.78%) CISSP
13 38 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (0.56%) MCSE
15 28 (0.47%) Sun Certification
16 26 (0.44%) CCIE
16 26 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 22 (0.37%) MCITP
18 18 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
18 18 (0.30%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 196 (3.31%) QA
2 119 (2.01%) SLA
3 37 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 32 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 18 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.30%) PCI DSS
6 13 (0.22%) Solvency II
7 10 (0.17%) GxP
8 9 (0.15%) COBIT
8 9 (0.15%) FATCA
8 9 (0.15%) EMIR
9 6 (0.10%) COREP
9 6 (0.10%) Basel II
10 5 (0.084%) ISO 9001
10 5 (0.084%) FINREP
11 2 (0.034%) PMBOK
11 2 (0.034%) Dodd-Frank
11 2 (0.034%) BS7799
11 2 (0.034%) TickIT
11 2 (0.034%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 295 (4.98%) VMware Infrastructure
2 252 (4.26%) Active Directory
3 88 (1.49%) Oracle RAC
3 88 (1.49%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 84 (1.42%) VMware ESX
5 80 (1.35%) NFS
6 74 (1.25%) vSphere
7 63 (1.06%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 60 (1.01%) Docker
9 41 (0.69%) Hyper-V
10 29 (0.49%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 25 (0.42%) Veritas File System
12 23 (0.39%) Samba
13 22 (0.37%) KVM
14 20 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
14 20 (0.34%) HDFS
15 18 (0.30%) RACF
15 18 (0.30%) XenApp
16 16 (0.27%) Oracle Clusterware
17 15 (0.25%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 365 (6.17%) Puppet
2 207 (3.50%) Opscode Chef
3 170 (2.87%) Tivoli
4 115 (1.94%) HP Quality Center
5 95 (1.61%) Control-M
6 84 (1.42%) NetBackup
7 67 (1.13%) Oracle RMAN
8 64 (1.08%) BladeLogic
8 64 (1.08%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 61 (1.03%) Ansible
10 53 (0.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 52 (0.88%) Data Guard
12 51 (0.86%) Nagios
13 49 (0.83%) Oracle ZFS
14 37 (0.63%) SCOM
15 30 (0.51%) ITRS Geneos
16 25 (0.42%) Salt
17 22 (0.37%) SCCM
17 22 (0.37%) OpenView
18 21 (0.35%) StatsD
Vendors
1 1978 (33.42%) Oracle
2 542 (9.16%) Red Hat
3 531 (8.97%) Microsoft
4 501 (8.47%) IBM
5 483 (8.16%) VMware
6 404 (6.83%) HP
7 303 (5.12%) Sybase
8 285 (4.82%) Cisco
9 189 (3.19%) Citrix
10 181 (3.06%) Sun
11 177 (2.99%) Veritas
12 176 (2.97%) Informatica
13 149 (2.52%) EMC
14 145 (2.45%) SAP
15 144 (2.43%) NetApp
16 113 (1.91%) F5
17 92 (1.55%) Remedy
18 88 (1.49%) Teradata
19 78 (1.32%) TIBCO
19 78 (1.32%) webMethods
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