Period
to 24 January 2021

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 6 months to 24 January 2021 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
6 months to
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 36 31 19
Rank change year-on-year -5 -12 -1
Contract jobs citing Linux 112 281 420
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 4.61% 5.76% 7.37%
As % of the Operating Systems category 26.23% 24.82% 34.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 222 300
Median daily rate £450 £453 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.55% +0.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £305 £325 £312
90th Percentile £571 £649 £608
England median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 5
Median hourly rate £57.50 £42.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.90% -11.58% +13.77%
10th Percentile £41.25 £41.30 £41.30
90th Percentile £61.25 £51.15 £51.75
England median hourly rate £43.00 £45.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -4.44% - +10.69%

Linux is in the Operating Systems category. The following 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.

All Operating Systems
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 427 1,132 1,232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.57% 23.19% 21.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 709 777
Median daily rate £350 £385 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +0.65% -4.38%
10th Percentile £128 £135 £146
90th Percentile £514 £575 £560
England median daily rate £428 £413 £428
% change year-on-year +3.76% -3.51% +0.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 98 120
Median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.19% -2.34% +2.41%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.20 £42.00 £23.23
Median hourly rate £17.75 £17.10 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.80% +0.59% -

Linux
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Linux as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Linux in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Linux in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Linux in the North West

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Linux in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Linux in the North West

Linux
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Linux in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 24 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -19 58 £434 -3.50% 91
Cheshire +27 23 £525 +16.67% 26
Merseyside +15 13 £445 -19.09% 10
Lancashire -12 11 £413 -10.33% 15
Linux
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Linux also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Linux.

1 37 (33.04%) Windows
1 37 (33.04%) AWS
2 35 (31.25%) Python
3 28 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 27 (24.11%) Red Hat
5 24 (21.43%) SQL
5 24 (21.43%) Oracle
5 24 (21.43%) Bash Shell
5 24 (21.43%) DevOps
6 23 (20.54%) Unix
7 22 (19.64%) Security Cleared
7 22 (19.64%) Terraform
8 21 (18.75%) Ansible
9 20 (17.86%) SC Cleared
10 18 (16.07%) Active Directory
10 18 (16.07%) Jenkins
11 17 (15.18%) Opscode Chef
11 17 (15.18%) Oracle Database
11 17 (15.18%) Docker
11 17 (15.18%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (15.18%) Java
11 17 (15.18%) Azure
12 16 (14.29%) Git (software)
13 15 (13.39%) Kubernetes
14 14 (12.50%) Infrastructure as Code
14 14 (12.50%) PL/SQL
14 14 (12.50%) Solaris
14 14 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
14 14 (12.50%) Microsoft
15 12 (10.71%) SQL Server

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 9 (8.04%) Elasticsearch
2 8 (7.14%) IIS
3 6 (5.36%) Apache
4 5 (4.46%) JBoss
4 5 (4.46%) MS Exchange
4 5 (4.46%) SharePoint
5 4 (3.57%) Confluence
5 4 (3.57%) Tomcat
5 4 (3.57%) WebSphere
6 3 (2.68%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.79%) Apache Spark
7 2 (1.79%) Drupal
7 2 (1.79%) nginx
7 2 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.89%) GlassFish
8 1 (0.89%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.89%) Oracle BPEL
8 1 (0.89%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 1 (0.89%) SAS
8 1 (0.89%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 12 (10.71%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (8.93%) Oracle Applications
2 10 (8.93%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (3.57%) assyst
4 1 (0.89%) Magento
4 1 (0.89%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 37 (33.04%) AWS
2 17 (15.18%) Azure
3 10 (8.93%) Office 365
4 5 (4.46%) Amazon ECS
4 5 (4.46%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (3.57%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (3.57%) Amazon GuardDuty
5 4 (3.57%) OpenShift
6 3 (2.68%) Amazon S3
6 3 (2.68%) GitHub
7 2 (1.79%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.79%) AWS CloudTrail
7 2 (1.79%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.79%) IaaS
7 2 (1.79%) PaaS
8 1 (0.89%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (0.89%) SaaS
8 1 (0.89%) Serverless
8 1 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.93%) TCP/IP
2 9 (8.04%) DNS
3 5 (4.46%) SSL
3 5 (4.46%) WAAS
4 4 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (2.68%) BGP
5 3 (2.68%) DHCP
5 3 (2.68%) Firewall
5 3 (2.68%) OSPF
5 3 (2.68%) VRRP
5 3 (2.68%) VXLAN
5 3 (2.68%) WAN
5 3 (2.68%) Wireshark
6 2 (1.79%) Network Security
7 1 (0.89%) Asterisk PBX
7 1 (0.89%) DSL
7 1 (0.89%) FTP
7 1 (0.89%) HTTP
7 1 (0.89%) SSH
7 1 (0.89%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (15.18%) Oracle Database
2 12 (10.71%) SQL Server
3 10 (8.93%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (8.04%) Oracle BI Publisher
5 7 (6.25%) MySQL
5 7 (6.25%) Relational Database
6 5 (4.46%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (3.57%) MongoDB
7 4 (3.57%) Pentaho
8 3 (2.68%) Big Data
8 3 (2.68%) DB2
8 3 (2.68%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (2.68%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.79%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (1.79%) Hadoop
9 2 (1.79%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.79%) Spark SQL
9 2 (1.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (16.07%) Jenkins
2 16 (14.29%) Git (software)
3 12 (10.71%) JIRA
4 10 (8.93%) Sonatype Nexus
5 9 (8.04%) Toad
6 7 (6.25%) Bitbucket
6 7 (6.25%) SonarQube
7 6 (5.36%) Maven
8 4 (3.57%) Artifactory
8 4 (3.57%) ClearCase
8 4 (3.57%) ClearQuest
8 4 (3.57%) GitLab
8 4 (3.57%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (3.57%) TeamCity
9 3 (2.68%) Bitbucket Server
9 3 (2.68%) CA Release Automation
9 3 (2.68%) IBM UrbanCode
9 3 (2.68%) JUnit
9 3 (2.68%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (2.68%) Selenium
General
1 11 (9.82%) Banking
1 11 (9.82%) Finance
2 7 (6.25%) Law
3 4 (3.57%) Public Sector
4 3 (2.68%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.79%) Electronics
5 2 (1.79%) Legal
5 2 (1.79%) Marketing
5 2 (1.79%) Retail
5 2 (1.79%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.89%) Back Office
6 1 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 12 (10.71%) Architect
1 12 (10.71%) DevOps Engineer
2 10 (8.93%) Consultant
2 10 (8.93%) DBA
3 9 (8.04%) AWS Engineer
3 9 (8.04%) Support Engineer
4 8 (7.14%) Developer
4 8 (7.14%) Oracle DBA
5 7 (6.25%) Linux Engineer
6 6 (5.36%) Software Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Analyst
7 5 (4.46%) AWS Architect
7 5 (4.46%) AWS Developer
7 5 (4.46%) AWS DevOps
7 5 (4.46%) Cloud Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) SC Cleared DBA
7 5 (4.46%) Technical Architect
8 4 (3.57%) Data Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) IT Analyst
8 4 (3.57%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.82%) Middleware
2 8 (7.14%) REST
3 4 (3.57%) Elastic Stack
3 4 (3.57%) Web Services
4 3 (2.68%) Kafka
4 3 (2.68%) Spring Boot
4 3 (2.68%) YAML
5 2 (1.79%) .NET
5 2 (1.79%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.79%) Node.js
5 2 (1.79%) PySpark
6 1 (0.89%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.89%) J2EE
6 1 (0.89%) LAMP
6 1 (0.89%) LDAP
6 1 (0.89%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.89%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.82%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.46%) Clustering
2 5 (4.46%) EMC VNX
3 4 (3.57%) Device Driver
3 4 (3.57%) Linux Command Line
3 4 (3.57%) PKI
4 3 (2.68%) Equities
4 3 (2.68%) Public Cloud
4 3 (2.68%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.79%) EFT
5 2 (1.79%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.89%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.89%) DataPower
6 1 (0.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.89%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 37 (33.04%) Windows
2 28 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 23 (20.54%) Unix
4 14 (12.50%) Solaris
5 10 (8.93%) AIX
6 8 (7.14%) Windows 10
7 6 (5.36%) Windows Server
8 5 (4.46%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (4.46%) Windows XP
9 4 (3.57%) CentOS
10 2 (1.79%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.79%) zOS
11 1 (0.89%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.89%) SUSE
11 1 (0.89%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (21.43%) DevOps
2 17 (15.18%) Problem-Solving
3 14 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
3 14 (12.50%) Infrastructure as Code
4 12 (10.71%) Cryptography
5 10 (8.93%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (8.04%) Observability
7 8 (7.14%) Build Automation
8 7 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 7 (6.25%) ITIL
8 7 (6.25%) Software Engineering
9 6 (5.36%) Configuration Management
9 6 (5.36%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (5.36%) Scrum
10 5 (4.46%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (3.57%) High Availability
11 4 (3.57%) Infrastructure Automation
11 4 (3.57%) Microservices
11 4 (3.57%) Principle of Least Privilege
Programming Languages
1 35 (31.25%) Python
2 24 (21.43%) Bash Shell
2 24 (21.43%) SQL
3 17 (15.18%) Java
4 14 (12.50%) PL/SQL
5 12 (10.71%) Perl
6 9 (8.04%) PowerShell
7 7 (6.25%) Ruby
8 6 (5.36%) C++
9 5 (4.46%) C
10 4 (3.57%) JavaScript
10 4 (3.57%) T-SQL
11 3 (2.68%) AWK
11 3 (2.68%) sed
11 3 (2.68%) Shell Script
12 2 (1.79%) Go
13 1 (0.89%) ABAP
13 1 (0.89%) Groovy
13 1 (0.89%) PHP
13 1 (0.89%) R
Qualifications
1 22 (19.64%) Security Cleared
2 20 (17.86%) SC Cleared
3 9 (8.04%) Degree
4 3 (2.68%) CCNP
4 3 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.79%) RHCE
6 1 (0.89%) A+ Certification
6 1 (0.89%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.68%) QA
2 2 (1.79%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.79%) GDPR
3 1 (0.89%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (16.07%) Active Directory
2 17 (15.18%) Docker
3 7 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.57%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (1.79%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.89%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 22 (19.64%) Terraform
2 21 (18.75%) Ansible
3 17 (15.18%) Opscode Chef
4 15 (13.39%) Kubernetes
5 12 (10.71%) Oracle RMAN
6 9 (8.04%) Puppet
7 6 (5.36%) Prometheus
8 5 (4.46%) IBM BigFix
8 5 (4.46%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (4.46%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (4.46%) SCCM
9 4 (3.57%) FortiGate
9 4 (3.57%) Graylog
10 3 (2.68%) Kibana
10 3 (2.68%) Nagios
10 3 (2.68%) SELinux
10 3 (2.68%) ZABBIX
11 2 (1.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 2 (1.79%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.89%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 27 (24.11%) Red Hat
2 24 (21.43%) Oracle
3 14 (12.50%) Microsoft
4 12 (10.71%) VMware
5 9 (8.04%) PeopleSoft
5 9 (8.04%) Splunk
5 9 (8.04%) Sun
6 7 (6.25%) Cloudera
6 7 (6.25%) EMC
6 7 (6.25%) IBM
7 6 (5.36%) SAP
8 5 (4.46%) Fortinet
9 4 (3.57%) Cisco
9 4 (3.57%) Remedy
10 3 (2.68%) AppDynamics
10 3 (2.68%) Arista
10 3 (2.68%) Interxion
10 3 (2.68%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.79%) Databricks
11 2 (1.79%) Palo Alto