The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Linux skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Linux over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Linux
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 22 27
Rank change year-on-year +5 +5  
Contract jobs citing Linux 188 280 223
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.23% 7.20% 6.18%
As % of the Operating Systems category 39.50% 33.69% 28.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 175 129
Median daily rate £414 £415 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.30% +1.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 0
Median hourly rate £42.50 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +112.50% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £43.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -9.88% +19.44%  

Linux is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 476 831 780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.30% 21.36% 21.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 430 373
Median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 68 95
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45%  

Linux
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Linux as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux in the North West over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +8 99 £425 +6.25% 77
Cheshire +5 36 £390 -8.23% 17
Merseyside +7 22 £450 +4.34% 10
Lancashire -10 16 £415 +3.75% 10
Linux
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Linux also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Linux.

1 174 (37.02%) Windows
2 168 (35.74%) Unix
3 152 (32.34%) Agile Software Development
4 139 (29.57%) DevOps
5 111 (23.62%) Java
6 110 (23.40%) Amazon AWS
7 109 (23.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 103 (21.91%) Puppet
9 99 (21.06%) Red Hat
10 89 (18.94%) Jenkins
11 87 (18.51%) Python
12 83 (17.66%) Oracle
13 81 (17.23%) VMware
14 77 (16.38%) Scrum
15 75 (15.96%) SQL
16 73 (15.53%) Security Cleared
17 72 (15.32%) AIX
17 72 (15.32%) Opscode Chef
18 69 (14.68%) Web Services
18 69 (14.68%) Continuous Integration
19 67 (14.26%) Git (software)
20 63 (13.40%) Open Source
21 61 (12.98%) SC Cleared
21 61 (12.98%) JavaScript
22 60 (12.77%) Microsoft
22 60 (12.77%) Firewall
23 57 (12.13%) TCP/IP
23 57 (12.13%) Ruby
24 56 (11.91%) Ansible
25 51 (10.85%) Bash Shell

Linux
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 28 (5.96%) WebSphere
2 26 (5.53%) Apache
3 23 (4.89%) OpenStack
4 14 (2.98%) nginx
4 14 (2.98%) Tomcat
5 13 (2.77%) Confluence
6 12 (2.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 9 (1.91%) CloudStack
7 9 (1.91%) MS Exchange
7 9 (1.91%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.70%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (1.28%) IIS
9 6 (1.28%) Jetty
9 6 (1.28%) Tuxedo
10 5 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (1.06%) Mongrel
11 4 (0.85%) Drupal
11 4 (0.85%) IBM HTTP Server
12 3 (0.64%) SAS
12 3 (0.64%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (3.83%) MS Excel
2 12 (2.55%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (1.49%) MS Office
4 2 (0.43%) MS Project
5 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.06%) Magento
2 1 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 110 (23.40%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (5.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (4.68%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (4.04%) PaaS
5 17 (3.62%) Amazon S3
6 16 (3.40%) SaaS
7 15 (3.19%) AWS CloudFormation
8 14 (2.98%) IaaS
9 9 (1.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 8 (1.70%) Amazon ELB
10 8 (1.70%) AWS Lambda
11 7 (1.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 6 (1.28%) Amazon SQS
12 6 (1.28%) Slack
13 5 (1.06%) Google App Engine
13 5 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
13 5 (1.06%) Heroku
13 5 (1.06%) Office 365
14 4 (0.85%) Amazon EMR
14 4 (0.85%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 60 (12.77%) Firewall
2 57 (12.13%) TCP/IP
3 46 (9.79%) LAN
3 46 (9.79%) WAN
4 40 (8.51%) VPN
5 37 (7.87%) HTTP
6 34 (7.23%) DNS
6 34 (7.23%) VoIP
7 30 (6.38%) SSL
8 17 (3.62%) SAN
9 16 (3.40%) HTTPS
10 14 (2.98%) Internet
10 14 (2.98%) LDAP
11 13 (2.77%) Network Security
12 12 (2.55%) NAS
13 11 (2.34%) DHCP
13 11 (2.34%) FTP
14 8 (1.70%) Kerberos
14 8 (1.70%) Wireless
15 6 (1.28%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (9.57%) MySQL
1 45 (9.57%) NoSQL
2 39 (8.30%) SQL Server
3 32 (6.81%) MongoDB
4 30 (6.38%) Relational Database
5 26 (5.53%) Big Data
6 24 (5.11%) Oracle Database
7 19 (4.04%) DB2
8 18 (3.83%) Redis
9 12 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (1.70%) Amazon RDS
10 8 (1.70%) Hadoop
10 8 (1.70%) Oracle Database 12c
10 8 (1.70%) RDBMS
11 7 (1.49%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (1.06%) Ingres
13 5 (1.06%) Oracle Database 10g
14 4 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 4 (0.85%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 89 (18.94%) Jenkins
2 67 (14.26%) Git (software)
3 23 (4.89%) JIRA
4 22 (4.68%) JUnit
5 21 (4.47%) Subversion
6 14 (2.98%) Travis CI
7 12 (2.55%) GitLab
8 11 (2.34%) GoCD
9 9 (1.91%) Vagrant
10 8 (1.70%) Maven
11 7 (1.49%) Mercurial
12 6 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 6 (1.28%) Visual Studio
13 5 (1.06%) Cucumber
13 5 (1.06%) Gradle
13 5 (1.06%) Jasmine
13 5 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
14 4 (0.85%) Hudson
14 4 (0.85%) Selenium
14 4 (0.85%) TeamCity
General
1 48 (10.21%) Finance
2 23 (4.89%) Banking
3 10 (2.13%) Retail
4 6 (1.28%) Marketing
5 4 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (0.64%) Avionics
7 2 (0.43%) Front Office
7 2 (0.43%) Games
7 2 (0.43%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.21%) Advertising
8 1 (0.21%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 81 (17.23%) Developer
2 80 (17.02%) DevOps Engineer
3 38 (8.09%) Analyst
4 27 (5.74%) Linux Engineer
5 24 (5.11%) Administrator
5 24 (5.11%) Architect
6 22 (4.68%) Java Developer
6 22 (4.68%) Software Engineer
7 18 (3.83%) Consultant
8 17 (3.62%) Systems Administrator
9 15 (3.19%) AWS Engineer
9 15 (3.19%) Operations Engineer
9 15 (3.19%) PHP Developer
10 14 (2.98%) JavaScript Developer
11 13 (2.77%) Linux Administrator
11 13 (2.77%) Technical Specialist
12 12 (2.55%) Linux Systems Administrator
13 11 (2.34%) DBA
13 11 (2.34%) Support Engineer
13 11 (2.34%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (14.68%) Web Services
2 41 (8.72%) RESTful
3 38 (8.09%) Elastic Stack
4 37 (7.87%) REST
5 36 (7.66%) Middleware
6 35 (7.45%) Node.js
6 35 (7.45%) XML
7 34 (7.23%) HTML
7 34 (7.23%) JSON
8 21 (4.47%) J2EE
9 19 (4.04%) CSS
10 15 (3.19%) LAMP
11 14 (2.98%) Spring
12 13 (2.77%) .NET
13 12 (2.55%) jQuery
14 11 (2.34%) HTML5
14 11 (2.34%) XSLT
15 9 (1.91%) Ajax
15 9 (1.91%) RabbitMQ
15 9 (1.91%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 45 (9.57%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (7.23%) Data Centre
3 16 (3.40%) Clustering
4 14 (2.98%) Linux Command Line
4 14 (2.98%) Mainframe
5 13 (2.77%) Cyber Attack
6 12 (2.55%) Management Information System
6 12 (2.55%) Tandem
7 7 (1.49%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.49%) Public Cloud
7 7 (1.49%) Security Operations Centre
8 6 (1.28%) Replication
9 5 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.06%) PKI
9 5 (1.06%) Streaming Video
10 4 (0.85%) Oracle Licensing
10 4 (0.85%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.64%) RIA
11 3 (0.64%) User Experience
11 3 (0.64%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 174 (37.02%) Windows
2 168 (35.74%) Unix
3 109 (23.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 72 (15.32%) AIX
5 37 (7.87%) Solaris
6 36 (7.66%) CentOS
7 30 (6.38%) Windows Server
8 19 (4.04%) HPUX
8 19 (4.04%) Windows XP
9 16 (3.40%) Ubuntu
10 14 (2.98%) Windows Server 2008
11 13 (2.77%) Windows 2000
12 12 (2.55%) SUSE
13 11 (2.34%) Oracle Linux
14 9 (1.91%) Fedora
14 9 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
15 6 (1.28%) Android
15 6 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
16 5 (1.06%) VME
17 4 (0.85%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (32.34%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (29.57%) DevOps
3 77 (16.38%) Scrum
4 69 (14.68%) Continuous Integration
5 63 (13.40%) Open Source
6 51 (10.85%) Configuration Management
7 50 (10.64%) Software Engineering
7 50 (10.64%) TDD
8 42 (8.94%) ITIL
9 38 (8.09%) BDD
10 37 (7.87%) High Availability
11 32 (6.81%) Patch Management
11 32 (6.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 31 (6.60%) Migration
12 31 (6.60%) Vulnerability Management
13 29 (6.17%) Kanban
14 28 (5.96%) Network Monitoring
15 26 (5.53%) Service Management
16 24 (5.11%) Cybersecurity
16 24 (5.11%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 111 (23.62%) Java
2 87 (18.51%) Python
3 75 (15.96%) SQL
4 61 (12.98%) JavaScript
5 57 (12.13%) Ruby
6 51 (10.85%) Bash Shell
7 46 (9.79%) Perl
8 33 (7.02%) PHP
9 31 (6.60%) Shell Script
10 15 (3.19%) PowerShell
11 12 (2.55%) C++
12 11 (2.34%) Scala
13 10 (2.13%) C
14 9 (1.91%) Korn
15 7 (1.49%) COBOL
15 7 (1.49%) Go
15 7 (1.49%) VBScript
16 6 (1.28%) Bourne shell
16 6 (1.28%) Groovy
17 4 (0.85%) Jython
Qualifications
1 73 (15.53%) Security Cleared
2 61 (12.98%) SC Cleared
3 35 (7.45%) CISSP
4 31 (6.60%) SANS
5 30 (6.38%) SSCP
6 11 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (1.28%) AWS Certification
8 6 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (1.28%) CCNA
8 6 (1.28%) Degree
9 5 (1.06%) CCDP
9 5 (1.06%) CCNP
10 4 (0.85%) CCDA
11 3 (0.64%) CISM
11 3 (0.64%) RHCSA
12 2 (0.43%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.21%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.77%) SLA
2 8 (1.70%) QA
3 5 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.21%) EMIR
5 1 (0.21%) PMO
5 1 (0.21%) SDET
System Software
1 44 (9.36%) Active Directory
2 42 (8.94%) Docker
2 42 (8.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (5.96%) vSphere
4 11 (2.34%) Xen
5 8 (1.70%) XenServer
6 7 (1.49%) Varnish
6 7 (1.49%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 6 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (1.06%) Hyper-V
8 5 (1.06%) iptables
8 5 (1.06%) Postfix
8 5 (1.06%) Squid
9 4 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (0.85%) XenApp
10 3 (0.64%) HDFS
10 3 (0.64%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 3 (0.64%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.43%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 103 (21.91%) Puppet
2 72 (15.32%) Opscode Chef
3 56 (11.91%) Ansible
4 28 (5.96%) QRadar
5 23 (4.89%) Kibana
6 22 (4.68%) SCOM
7 19 (4.04%) Kubernetes
8 16 (3.40%) Nagios
8 16 (3.40%) Terraform
9 14 (2.98%) logstash
9 14 (2.98%) Netcool
9 14 (2.98%) ZABBIX
10 13 (2.77%) Graphite
11 11 (2.34%) Red Hat Satellite
12 9 (1.91%) Packer
13 8 (1.70%) Ganglia
13 8 (1.70%) Nmap
13 8 (1.70%) Riemann
13 8 (1.70%) Tivoli
14 7 (1.49%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 99 (21.06%) Red Hat
2 83 (17.66%) Oracle
3 81 (17.23%) VMware
4 60 (12.77%) Microsoft
5 49 (10.43%) IBM
6 33 (7.02%) Apple
6 33 (7.02%) Splunk
7 19 (4.04%) LogRhythm
8 17 (3.62%) HP
9 15 (3.19%) Veritas
10 14 (2.98%) Cisco
11 13 (2.77%) CA
11 13 (2.77%) Zend
12 12 (2.55%) NetApp
13 10 (2.13%) Citrix
14 9 (1.91%) ArcSight
14 9 (1.91%) Intel Security
15 8 (1.70%) Google
15 8 (1.70%) NetWitness
15 8 (1.70%) Qualys
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