The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 29 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 / South West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 16 24
Rank change year-on-year -10 +8  
Contract jobs citing Linux 159 241 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.17% 8.29% 6.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 34.95% 36.40% 31.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 160 96
Median daily rate £460 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £312 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £574 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 25 7
Median hourly rate £39.50 £44.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.22% +22.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.83 £36.00 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.50 £44.20
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 South West with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 455 662 616
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 17.64% 22.78% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 397 309
Median daily rate £350 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £122 £180 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 70 84
Median hourly rate £16.50 £19.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.28% +13.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.24 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.43 £36.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

Linux
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South 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 South West

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux in the South West

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux in the South West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux in the South West

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux in the South West

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux in the South West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Linux in the South West

Linux
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 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
Bristol -8 47 £455 +25.51% 40
Wiltshire -20 31 £426 +17.51% 13
Devon +20 24 £550 +65.26% 5
Gloucestershire -21 15 £475 +18.75% 18
Somerset +13 14 £383 +2.00% 14
Dorset -13 2 £325 -23.52% 4
Cornwall - 2 £325 - 4
Linux
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 South West region with a requirement for Linux.

1 138 (40.35%) Windows
2 113 (33.04%) Agile Software Development
3 111 (32.46%) DevOps
4 104 (30.41%) Security Cleared
5 98 (28.65%) Red Hat
6 93 (27.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 82 (23.98%) Python
8 80 (23.39%) Java
8 80 (23.39%) Oracle
9 71 (20.76%) Jenkins
10 69 (20.18%) VMware
11 67 (19.59%) SQL
11 67 (19.59%) Microsoft
11 67 (19.59%) SC Cleared
12 62 (18.13%) ITIL
13 60 (17.54%) Amazon AWS
14 55 (16.08%) SQL Server
14 55 (16.08%) Windows Server
15 54 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
16 52 (15.20%) Unix
17 50 (14.62%) Puppet
17 50 (14.62%) Docker
18 49 (14.33%) VMware Infrastructure
18 49 (14.33%) Git (software)
19 47 (13.74%) Active Directory
20 46 (13.45%) Ansible
21 44 (12.87%) Software Engineering
22 43 (12.57%) Microsoft Azure
23 42 (12.28%) Perl
24 41 (11.99%) Scrum

Linux
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 33 (9.65%) Apache
2 24 (7.02%) WebSphere
3 20 (5.85%) JBoss
4 19 (5.56%) IIS
5 18 (5.26%) nginx
5 18 (5.26%) Tomcat
5 18 (5.26%) WebLogic
6 16 (4.68%) Confluence
7 15 (4.39%) Elasticsearch
8 14 (4.09%) SharePoint
9 13 (3.80%) GlassFish
10 8 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (2.34%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (2.34%) Skype for Business
11 6 (1.75%) Jetty
11 6 (1.75%) Mongrel
11 6 (1.75%) MS Exchange
12 5 (1.46%) Apache Spark
12 5 (1.46%) OpenStack
13 4 (1.17%) GeoServer
Applications
1 30 (8.77%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.17%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.58%) Simulink
4 1 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.29%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (2.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.88%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.88%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.58%) Primavera
4 1 (0.29%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 60 (17.54%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (12.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (3.51%) Google Cloud Platform
4 10 (2.92%) GitHub
5 8 (2.34%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (2.05%) Amazon S3
6 7 (2.05%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.75%) IaaS
7 6 (1.75%) Route 53
8 5 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.46%) Google App Engine
9 4 (1.17%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
9 4 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.88%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 3 (0.88%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 3 (0.88%) PaaS
11 1 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.29%) Office 365
11 1 (0.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (10.53%) TCP/IP
2 34 (9.94%) DNS
3 29 (8.48%) SAN
4 28 (8.19%) Firewall
5 22 (6.43%) HTTP
6 18 (5.26%) SSL
7 17 (4.97%) Kerberos
8 13 (3.80%) NAS
9 12 (3.51%) LAN
10 10 (2.92%) Internet
10 10 (2.92%) WAN
11 9 (2.63%) Network Security
12 8 (2.34%) IPsec
12 8 (2.34%) LDAP
12 8 (2.34%) PuTTY
12 8 (2.34%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (2.34%) Skype
12 8 (2.34%) VoIP
12 8 (2.34%) WinSCP
13 7 (2.05%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (16.08%) SQL Server
2 34 (9.94%) Oracle Database
3 27 (7.89%) MySQL
4 22 (6.43%) PostgreSQL
5 19 (5.56%) MongoDB
5 19 (5.56%) Relational Database
6 18 (5.26%) Oracle Database 11g
7 16 (4.68%) Oracle Database 10g
8 12 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
9 11 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
10 10 (2.92%) Hadoop
10 10 (2.92%) SQL Server 2008
11 9 (2.63%) NoSQL
11 9 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
12 8 (2.34%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (2.34%) Neo4j
12 8 (2.34%) SQL Server 2005
13 7 (2.05%) Big Data
14 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 12c
15 5 (1.46%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 71 (20.76%) Jenkins
2 49 (14.33%) Git (software)
3 23 (6.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 21 (6.14%) Ant
4 21 (6.14%) JIRA
5 19 (5.56%) Selenium
6 18 (5.26%) Oracle APEX
7 16 (4.68%) Cucumber
7 16 (4.68%) Subversion
7 16 (4.68%) TeamCity
8 15 (4.39%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (4.09%) Eclipse
10 13 (3.80%) Vagrant
11 12 (3.51%) Rational DOORS
12 9 (2.63%) Gradle
12 9 (2.63%) Hudson
12 9 (2.63%) Rational Rhapsody
13 8 (2.34%) HP UFT
13 8 (2.34%) SpecFlow
13 8 (2.34%) Toad
General
1 21 (6.14%) Finance
2 17 (4.97%) Telecoms
3 13 (3.80%) Marketing
4 11 (3.22%) Electronics
5 10 (2.92%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.17%) Games
6 4 (1.17%) Military
7 3 (0.88%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.58%) Back Office
8 2 (0.58%) Banking
8 2 (0.58%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 63 (18.42%) Developer
2 46 (13.45%) DevOps Engineer
3 33 (9.65%) Administrator
4 27 (7.89%) Linux Engineer
5 24 (7.02%) Architect
5 24 (7.02%) Software Engineer
6 22 (6.43%) Java Developer
6 22 (6.43%) Systems Administrator
7 19 (5.56%) Analyst
8 16 (4.68%) DBA
8 16 (4.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 15 (4.39%) Integration Engineer
10 14 (4.09%) Consultant
10 14 (4.09%) Support Engineer
11 13 (3.80%) Linux Support
12 12 (3.51%) Java Engineer
12 12 (3.51%) Systems Engineer
13 11 (3.22%) Solutions Architect
13 11 (3.22%) Technical Architect
13 11 (3.22%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (8.77%) HTML
1 30 (8.77%) Web Services
2 26 (7.60%) .NET
3 24 (7.02%) REST
3 24 (7.02%) XML
4 23 (6.73%) Middleware
5 21 (6.14%) CSS
6 13 (3.80%) Spring
7 12 (3.51%) jQuery
7 12 (3.51%) RabbitMQ
8 11 (3.22%) Dropwizard
8 11 (3.22%) Elastic Stack
8 11 (3.22%) Hibernate
9 10 (2.92%) Oracle Fusion
9 10 (2.92%) SOAP
10 9 (2.63%) J2EE
11 8 (2.34%) JSON
11 8 (2.34%) OAuth2
11 8 (2.34%) RESTful
12 7 (2.05%) Grails
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.14%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.09%) Client/Server
3 12 (3.51%) Clustering
3 12 (3.51%) Replication
4 9 (2.63%) CESG
5 8 (2.34%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (1.75%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.75%) Device Driver
6 6 (1.75%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.46%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (1.17%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.17%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.17%) PKI
8 4 (1.17%) Thin Client
9 3 (0.88%) Cyberthreat
9 3 (0.88%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 2 (0.58%) CESG CLAS
10 2 (0.58%) Digital TV
10 2 (0.58%) STB
10 2 (0.58%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 138 (40.35%) Windows
2 93 (27.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 55 (16.08%) Windows Server
4 52 (15.20%) Unix
5 29 (8.48%) CentOS
6 25 (7.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (6.14%) AIX
8 19 (5.56%) Ubuntu
9 18 (5.26%) Solaris
10 15 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (3.22%) Mac OS X
12 10 (2.92%) Debian
12 10 (2.92%) Embedded Linux
12 10 (2.92%) Oracle Linux
13 8 (2.34%) Windows 10
14 7 (2.05%) Amazon Linux
15 3 (0.88%) Windows 7
16 2 (0.58%) CoreOS
16 2 (0.58%) Kali Linux
16 2 (0.58%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (33.04%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (32.46%) DevOps
3 62 (18.13%) ITIL
4 54 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
5 44 (12.87%) Software Engineering
6 41 (11.99%) Scrum
7 39 (11.40%) Configuration Management
8 34 (9.94%) Open Source
9 26 (7.60%) Migration
10 25 (7.31%) Integration Testing
11 21 (6.14%) Performance Testing
12 20 (5.85%) Business Intelligence
13 19 (5.56%) Continuous Delivery
14 18 (5.26%) Validation
15 17 (4.97%) Defect Tracking
15 17 (4.97%) Load Balancing
15 17 (4.97%) SDLC
15 17 (4.97%) System Integration Testing
16 16 (4.68%) Customer Requirements
17 14 (4.09%) Continuous Deployment
Programming Languages
1 82 (23.98%) Python
2 80 (23.39%) Java
3 67 (19.59%) SQL
4 42 (12.28%) Perl
5 39 (11.40%) Bash Shell
6 35 (10.23%) C
6 35 (10.23%) C++
7 34 (9.94%) Ruby
8 33 (9.65%) JavaScript
9 31 (9.06%) PowerShell
10 20 (5.85%) Shell Script
11 15 (4.39%) Embedded C++
12 12 (3.51%) VBScript
13 11 (3.22%) PHP
14 10 (2.92%) PL/SQL
15 9 (2.63%) C#
15 9 (2.63%) Scala
16 8 (2.34%) F#
16 8 (2.34%) Groovy
17 6 (1.75%) Lua
Qualifications
1 104 (30.41%) Security Cleared
2 67 (19.59%) SC Cleared
3 32 (9.36%) DV Cleared
4 12 (3.51%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (2.63%) ISEB
6 8 (2.34%) Degree
7 7 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.05%) CISSP
7 7 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (2.05%) SANS
8 6 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (1.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (1.46%) CCNA
9 5 (1.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (1.46%) MCSE
9 5 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.17%) CCNP
10 4 (1.17%) ISTQB
10 4 (1.17%) RHCE
11 3 (0.88%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.51%) QA
2 8 (2.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (1.75%) JSP 440
4 4 (1.17%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.88%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.88%) SLA
6 2 (0.58%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.58%) GPG13
6 2 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.58%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.58%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.58%) MISRA
6 2 (0.58%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.58%) RMADS
System Software
1 50 (14.62%) Docker
2 49 (14.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (13.74%) Active Directory
4 21 (6.14%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (4.39%) vSphere
6 10 (2.92%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (2.63%) Firmware
8 8 (2.34%) LXC
8 8 (2.34%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (2.34%) Xen
9 7 (2.05%) DFS Replication
9 7 (2.05%) Oracle RAC
10 6 (1.75%) Hyper-V
10 6 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (1.46%) NFS
11 5 (1.46%) Terminal Services
11 5 (1.46%) vCloud
12 4 (1.17%) HDFS
12 4 (1.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 4 (1.17%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 50 (14.62%) Puppet
2 46 (13.45%) Ansible
3 22 (6.43%) vRealize
4 18 (5.26%) Terraform
5 13 (3.80%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (2.34%) Salt
7 7 (2.05%) Icinga
7 7 (2.05%) Kibana
7 7 (2.05%) logstash
7 7 (2.05%) Nessus
8 6 (1.75%) Failover Clustering
9 5 (1.46%) Kubernetes
9 5 (1.46%) NetBackup
10 4 (1.17%) Data Guard
10 4 (1.17%) Nagios
10 4 (1.17%) QRadar
10 4 (1.17%) SCCM
10 4 (1.17%) Zenoss
11 3 (0.88%) Oracle RMAN
11 3 (0.88%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 98 (28.65%) Red Hat
2 80 (23.39%) Oracle
3 69 (20.18%) VMware
4 67 (19.59%) Microsoft
5 27 (7.89%) IBM
6 25 (7.31%) HP
7 24 (7.02%) Cisco
8 15 (4.39%) SaltStack
9 12 (3.51%) SAP
10 9 (2.63%) ArcSight
10 9 (2.63%) Google
11 8 (2.34%) Atlassian
11 8 (2.34%) Citrix
12 7 (2.05%) Dell
12 7 (2.05%) Intel Security
12 7 (2.05%) Juniper
13 6 (1.75%) Cloudera
13 6 (1.75%) EMC
13 6 (1.75%) Splunk
14 5 (1.46%) F5
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