The table below looks at the statistics for Linux skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Linux over the 3 months to 30 October 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Linux
Rank 30 47 26
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -21
Contract jobs citing Linux 124 63 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 4.98% 3.10% 4.96%
As % of the Operating Systems category 24.55% 15.18% 24.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 27 53
Average daily rate
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£338 £318 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.29% +3.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £222 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £416 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 5
Average hourly rate £27.00 £27.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% -21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.40 £22.80 £24.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £34.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -2.01%
Linux
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Operating Systems Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
505 415 446
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.26% 20.40% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 203 205
Average daily rate £325 £300 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £425 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 71 48
Average hourly rate £15.50 £13.92 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.33% -10.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £27.50 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -10.28%

Linux
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Linux across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

Linux Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Linux
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Linux across the West Midlands region.

Linux Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Linux
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Linux Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Linux
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Linux across the West Midlands region.

Linux Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Linux
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Linux across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Linux Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Linux
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 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
Birmingham +10 33 £363 +19.83% 13
Coventry +9 26 £263 -4.54% 4
Warwickshire +4 24 £325 +4.00% 7
Worcestershire -2 6 £388 - 1
Staffordshire -3 4 £300 -20.00% 5
Shropshire - 4 £400 - 3
Solihull +2 1 £300 +64.38% 5
Wolverhampton - 1 £338 - 2
Halesowen - - - - 1
Stourbridge - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Walsall - - - - 1
Linux
England

Linux
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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.

1 123 (55.91%) UNIX
2 83 (37.73%) Windows
3 59 (26.82%) Oracle
4 51 (23.18%) Red Hat
5 49 (22.27%) VMware
6 40 (18.18%) ITIL
7 38 (17.27%) HPUX
8 36 (16.36%) SQL
8 36 (16.36%) SAN
9 31 (14.09%) Agile Software Development
9 31 (14.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 28 (12.73%) Solaris
11 26 (11.82%) Firewall
12 24 (10.91%) MySQL
12 24 (10.91%) Microsoft
13 23 (10.45%) TCP/IP
13 23 (10.45%) Java
13 23 (10.45%) Perl
14 22 (10.00%) Cisco
14 22 (10.00%) HP
15 21 (9.55%) PHP
16 20 (9.09%) Apache
16 20 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
17 19 (8.64%) Active Directory
18 18 (8.18%) Shell Script
18 18 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
18 18 (8.18%) WebSphere
19 17 (7.73%) Security Cleared
19 17 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
20 16 (7.27%) IBM

Linux
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 20 (9.09%) Apache
2 18 (8.18%) WebSphere
3 12 (5.45%) IBM Notes
4 11 (5.00%) WebLogic
5 8 (3.64%) Node.js
6 6 (2.73%) MS Exchange
7 5 (2.27%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.82%) TPMS
8 4 (1.82%) CMS
8 4 (1.82%) WebSphere Application Server
8 4 (1.82%) CICS
9 3 (1.36%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.91%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.91%) SharePoint
10 2 (0.91%) IIS
11 1 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.45%) iPlanet
11 1 (0.45%) Drupal
11 1 (0.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (4.09%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.18%) MS Office
3 5 (2.27%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.45%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 4 (1.82%) ENOVIA
2 3 (1.36%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.91%) Magento
3 2 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.91%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.45%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.18%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 36 (16.36%) SAN
2 26 (11.82%) Firewall
3 23 (10.45%) TCP/IP
4 14 (6.36%) LAN
5 12 (5.45%) NAS
6 10 (4.55%) DNS
7 9 (4.09%) WAN
7 9 (4.09%) LDAP
7 9 (4.09%) Network Security
8 7 (3.18%) VPN
8 7 (3.18%) VoIP
9 6 (2.73%) OSPF
9 6 (2.73%) BGP
9 6 (2.73%) SMTP
10 5 (2.27%) WLAN
10 5 (2.27%) IMAP
10 5 (2.27%) Intrusion Detection
11 4 (1.82%) Internet
11 4 (1.82%) ATM
11 4 (1.82%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.91%) MySQL
2 15 (6.82%) Oracle Database
3 13 (5.91%) SQL Server
4 7 (3.18%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (2.73%) DB2
5 6 (2.73%) Oracle Database 10g
6 5 (2.27%) Informix
7 3 (1.36%) Oracle BI EE
7 3 (1.36%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.91%) CouchDB
8 2 (0.91%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.91%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.91%) Redis
8 2 (0.91%) Big Data
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle Exadata
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle ODI
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.91%) Couchbase
8 2 (0.91%) Essbase
8 2 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (2.27%) Subversion
1 5 (2.27%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.82%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.82%) ClearCase
2 4 (1.82%) Oracle Forms
3 3 (1.36%) Eclipse
3 3 (1.36%) Ant
3 3 (1.36%) Maven
4 2 (0.91%) Mercurial
4 2 (0.91%) ClearQuest
4 2 (0.91%) Toad
5 1 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.45%) WebSpeed
5 1 (0.45%) Selenium
5 1 (0.45%) JIRA
5 1 (0.45%) Appcelerator Titanium
5 1 (0.45%) Hudson
5 1 (0.45%) PHPUnit
5 1 (0.45%) PROIV
General
1 15 (6.82%) Finance
2 14 (6.36%) Banking
3 9 (4.09%) Automotive
4 6 (2.73%) Retail
5 3 (1.36%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.91%) Private Banking
6 2 (0.91%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.91%) Electronics
7 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.45%) Front Office
7 1 (0.45%) Games
7 1 (0.45%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 33 (15.00%) Analyst
2 27 (12.27%) Developer
3 23 (10.45%) Architect
4 17 (7.73%) Administrator
5 16 (7.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 15 (6.82%) Support Analyst
6 15 (6.82%) Technical Support
7 13 (5.91%) DBA
8 11 (5.00%) Oracle DBA
9 10 (4.55%) Project Manager
9 10 (4.55%) Consultant
10 9 (4.09%) Technical Architect
10 9 (4.09%) 2nd Line Support
10 9 (4.09%) UNIX Support
11 8 (3.64%) DevOps Engineer
11 8 (3.64%) UNIX Administrator
11 8 (3.64%) Systems Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Support Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Applications Support
12 7 (3.18%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.82%) HTML
2 14 (6.36%) Web Services
3 10 (4.55%) .NET
3 10 (4.55%) CSS
4 8 (3.64%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 8 (3.64%) XML
5 7 (3.18%) Middleware
6 6 (2.73%) Ruby on Rails
6 6 (2.73%) Spring
6 6 (2.73%) WebSphere MQ
7 5 (2.27%) jQuery
7 5 (2.27%) OAuth2
7 5 (2.27%) OAuth
8 4 (1.82%) OpenID
8 4 (1.82%) EJB
8 4 (1.82%) JavaBeans
9 3 (1.36%) JSP
9 3 (1.36%) J2EE
9 3 (1.36%) XSLT
9 3 (1.36%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.09%) Open Source
3 8 (3.64%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.64%) Computer Science
3 8 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.18%) Clustering
5 6 (2.73%) Replication
6 5 (2.27%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.82%) FMCG
7 4 (1.82%) DataPower
7 4 (1.82%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.36%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.36%) Mobile Banking
9 2 (0.91%) Telematics
9 2 (0.91%) CMDB
9 2 (0.91%) PKI
9 2 (0.91%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.91%) Equities
10 1 (0.45%) User Experience
10 1 (0.45%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 123 (55.91%) UNIX
2 83 (37.73%) Windows
3 38 (17.27%) HPUX
4 31 (14.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 28 (12.73%) Solaris
6 20 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (7.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (4.55%) AIX
10 6 (2.73%) zOS
11 5 (2.27%) Android
12 4 (1.82%) Windows 7
12 4 (1.82%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.82%) Windows Vista
12 4 (1.82%) SUSE
13 2 (0.91%) CentOS
13 2 (0.91%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.91%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.91%) VxWorks
14 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (18.18%) ITIL
2 31 (14.09%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (5.91%) Load Balancing
4 12 (5.45%) Workflow
4 12 (5.45%) DevOps
5 11 (5.00%) Configuration Management
6 9 (4.09%) Migration
6 9 (4.09%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (3.64%) Waterfall
7 8 (3.64%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (3.64%) Logistics
7 8 (3.64%) Disaster Recovery
8 7 (3.18%) PRINCE2
8 7 (3.18%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (3.18%) Scrum
8 7 (3.18%) Project Management
8 7 (3.18%) Data Protection
9 6 (2.73%) Low Latency
9 6 (2.73%) TDD
9 6 (2.73%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (16.36%) SQL
2 23 (10.45%) Java
2 23 (10.45%) Perl
3 21 (9.55%) PHP
4 18 (8.18%) Shell Script
5 15 (6.82%) C
6 13 (5.91%) JavaScript
7 12 (5.45%) Python
8 11 (5.00%) PL/SQL
9 9 (4.09%) C++
10 8 (3.64%) PowerShell
10 8 (3.64%) Ruby
10 8 (3.64%) VB
11 7 (3.18%) Scala
12 6 (2.73%) C#
13 5 (2.27%) Tcl
13 5 (2.27%) VBA
14 3 (1.36%) Korn
14 3 (1.36%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.91%) ActionScript 2.0
Qualifications
1 17 (7.73%) Security Cleared
2 11 (5.00%) Degree
2 11 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (4.09%) CCNP
3 9 (4.09%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.73%) CCNA
5 4 (1.82%) MCITP
5 4 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.82%) Oracle Certification
6 3 (1.36%) CCDP
6 3 (1.36%) OCP
6 3 (1.36%) Check Point Certification
6 3 (1.36%) MCSE
6 3 (1.36%) CCSA
6 3 (1.36%) ISSAP
7 2 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.91%) RHCE
8 1 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.82%) QA
1 4 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (1.82%) SLA
2 1 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.45%) HL7
2 1 (0.45%) DICOM
System Software
1 19 (8.64%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.18%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (2.73%) Sendmail
5 5 (2.27%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.82%) Oracle RMAN
6 4 (1.82%) NFS
7 2 (0.91%) PowerHA
7 2 (0.91%) ProxySG
7 2 (0.91%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.45%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.45%) Samba
8 1 (0.45%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.45%) Xen
8 1 (0.45%) RHEV
8 1 (0.45%) vSphere
8 1 (0.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.45%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 13 (5.91%) Puppet
2 11 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (4.55%) NetBackup
4 6 (2.73%) Data Guard
4 6 (2.73%) Nagios
5 3 (1.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 3 (1.36%) CA SiteMinder
5 3 (1.36%) HP Data Protector
5 3 (1.36%) Ansible
6 2 (0.91%) SCOM
6 2 (0.91%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.91%) Salt
7 1 (0.45%) SCCM
7 1 (0.45%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.45%) Nessus
7 1 (0.45%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.45%) ITRS Geneos
7 1 (0.45%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 59 (26.82%) Oracle
2 51 (23.18%) Red Hat
3 49 (22.27%) VMware
4 24 (10.91%) Microsoft
5 22 (10.00%) Cisco
5 22 (10.00%) HP
6 16 (7.27%) IBM
7 12 (5.45%) Lotus
8 11 (5.00%) SAP
9 8 (3.64%) Blue Coat
9 8 (3.64%) Sybase
9 8 (3.64%) Sun
10 7 (3.18%) CheckPoint
11 6 (2.73%) Juniper
11 6 (2.73%) CA
11 6 (2.73%) Citrix
12 5 (2.27%) NetApp
12 5 (2.27%) Symantec
13 4 (1.82%) RedPrairie
13 4 (1.82%) webMethods
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