Period
to 31 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Linux Engineer was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 439 440 373
Rank change year-on-year +1 -67 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Engineer 168 487 658
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.53% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.56% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 363 518
Median daily rate £463 £480 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.65% -4.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £312 £325 £329
90th Percentile £575 £655 £630
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 10
Median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £50.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.89% +6.32%
10th Percentile £40.80 £41.25 £28.95
90th Percentile £58.75 £146.63 £51.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £50.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% -15.84% +12.22%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 43,485 86,434 95,987
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.59% 94.54% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,350 56,800 62,912
Median daily rate £466 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £265
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,804 2,789 3,022
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.98% +5.04% -4.37%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% -1.52%

Linux Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Linux Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Linux Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Linux Engineer over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Linux Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Linux Engineer over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 31 May 2020. 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
England -15 151 £470 -2.08% 76
UK excluding London +38 98 £450 - 48
London +2 64 £475 -8.65% 30
South East +112 47 £500 +17.65% 6
South West +52 19 £481 -8.43% 9
North of England +45 14 £425 -15.00% 13
Work from Home +15 10 £425 -2.86% 16
Scotland +43 9 £450 - 1
Yorkshire +26 8 £425 -5.56% 4
North West +47 5 £350 -32.04% 8
Midlands +71 3 £194 -56.94% 6
West Midlands +52 2 £194 -55.71% 3
East of England +45 2 £395 +3.27% 12
Wales +24 2 £400 -20.00% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £383 -
East Midlands +39 1 - - 3
North East +25 1 - - 1

Linux Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, Linux Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Linux Engineer in the job title.

1 168 (100.00%) Linux
2 63 (37.50%) Red Hat
2 63 (37.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 62 (36.90%) Ansible
4 61 (36.31%) DevOps
5 44 (26.19%) Puppet
5 44 (26.19%) Security Cleared
6 42 (25.00%) Windows
7 40 (23.81%) Unix
8 38 (22.62%) SC Cleared
9 35 (20.83%) Python
9 35 (20.83%) Docker
10 31 (18.45%) Configuration Management
11 25 (14.88%) VMware
11 25 (14.88%) DNS
11 25 (14.88%) Agile Software Development
12 24 (14.29%) AWS
13 23 (13.69%) Git (software)
14 21 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
14 21 (12.50%) Azure
14 21 (12.50%) Perl
14 21 (12.50%) Kubernetes
14 21 (12.50%) Terraform
15 20 (11.90%) Jenkins
15 20 (11.90%) Bash Shell
15 20 (11.90%) Microsoft
15 20 (11.90%) Shell Script
16 19 (11.31%) ITIL
17 18 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 17 (10.12%) Opscode Chef

Linux Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 17 (10.12%) Apache
2 8 (4.76%) Tomcat
3 6 (3.57%) Confluence
4 5 (2.98%) JBoss
5 4 (2.38%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.79%) nginx
6 3 (1.79%) WordPress
7 2 (1.19%) IIS
8 1 (0.60%) CMS
8 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.60%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.60%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.60%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.60%) Tuxedo
Business Applications
1 2 (1.19%) Magento
1 2 (1.19%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.60%) Cognos Planning
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle HRMS
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle Payroll
2 1 (0.60%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 24 (14.29%) AWS
2 21 (12.50%) Azure
3 14 (8.33%) IaaS
4 5 (2.98%) OpenShift
5 4 (2.38%) PaaS
5 4 (2.38%) Power Platform
6 3 (1.79%) GitHub
6 3 (1.79%) Slack
7 2 (1.19%) Amazon S3
7 2 (1.19%) GCP
8 1 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.60%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.60%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.60%) Cloudflare
8 1 (0.60%) DigitalOcean
8 1 (0.60%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 25 (14.88%) DNS
2 13 (7.74%) Firewall
3 9 (5.36%) DHCP
4 6 (3.57%) SSH
4 6 (3.57%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.79%) Network Security
6 2 (1.19%) 5G
6 2 (1.19%) FTP
6 2 (1.19%) iSCSI
6 2 (1.19%) Multicast
6 2 (1.19%) Skype
6 2 (1.19%) SSL
6 2 (1.19%) tcpdump
6 2 (1.19%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (1.19%) Wireless
7 1 (0.60%) 4G
7 1 (0.60%) IPsec
7 1 (0.60%) MQTT
7 1 (0.60%) RS-232
7 1 (0.60%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.33%) MySQL
2 6 (3.57%) Hadoop
2 6 (3.57%) MongoDB
3 5 (2.98%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (2.38%) Data Lake
4 4 (2.38%) HDInsight
4 4 (2.38%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.38%) Power BI
4 4 (2.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.79%) Big Data
5 3 (1.79%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.19%) Redis
6 2 (1.19%) SQL Server
7 1 (0.60%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.60%) Apache Accumulo
7 1 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.60%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.60%) Bigtable
7 1 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 23 (13.69%) Git (software)
2 20 (11.90%) Jenkins
3 7 (4.17%) JIRA
4 4 (2.38%) GitLab
4 4 (2.38%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.79%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (1.19%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.19%) Eclipse
6 2 (1.19%) Hudson
6 2 (1.19%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (1.19%) Subversion
7 1 (0.60%) Maven
7 1 (0.60%) NetBeans
7 1 (0.60%) RStudio
7 1 (0.60%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.60%) Vagrant
General
1 16 (9.52%) Finance
2 15 (8.93%) Banking
3 12 (7.14%) Public Sector
4 6 (3.57%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.19%) Automotive
5 2 (1.19%) Electronics
5 2 (1.19%) Games
6 1 (0.60%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.60%) Local Government
6 1 (0.60%) Police
6 1 (0.60%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.95%) LAMP
2 8 (4.76%) Middleware
3 5 (2.98%) Yocto
4 3 (1.79%) REST
4 3 (1.79%) YAML
5 2 (1.19%) .NET
5 2 (1.19%) Kafka
5 2 (1.19%) LDAP
5 2 (1.19%) Rendezvous
5 2 (1.19%) Spring
5 2 (1.19%) Web Services
6 1 (0.60%) Apache NiFi
6 1 (0.60%) CORBA
6 1 (0.60%) CSS
6 1 (0.60%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.60%) HTML
6 1 (0.60%) Laravel
6 1 (0.60%) LEMP Stack
6 1 (0.60%) Memcached
6 1 (0.60%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.76%) Data Centre
2 7 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.57%) Device Driver
3 6 (3.57%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.38%) PKI
4 4 (2.38%) Public Cloud
5 3 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.79%) Hedge funds
5 3 (1.79%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.19%) BeagleBone
6 2 (1.19%) CAN bus
6 2 (1.19%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.19%) Clustering
6 2 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.19%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.19%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.60%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.60%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (0.60%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 168 (100.00%) Linux
2 63 (37.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 42 (25.00%) Windows
4 40 (23.81%) Unix
5 16 (9.52%) CentOS
6 12 (7.14%) Windows Server
7 10 (5.95%) Ubuntu
8 8 (4.76%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (3.57%) Solaris
10 5 (2.98%) VMS
11 3 (1.79%) SUSE
11 3 (1.79%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 2 (1.19%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.60%) FreeRTOS
13 1 (0.60%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.60%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
13 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (36.31%) DevOps
2 31 (18.45%) Configuration Management
3 25 (14.88%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (11.31%) ITIL
5 18 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 16 (9.52%) Cybersecurity
7 15 (8.93%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (8.33%) Software Engineering
9 12 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (7.14%) Test Automation
10 11 (6.55%) Migration
11 10 (5.95%) Open Source
12 9 (5.36%) High Availability
12 9 (5.36%) Infrastructure as Code
13 7 (4.17%) Deployment Automation
13 7 (4.17%) Problem Management
13 7 (4.17%) Technical Leadership
14 6 (3.57%) Change Management
14 6 (3.57%) Scrum
14 6 (3.57%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 35 (20.83%) Python
2 21 (12.50%) Perl
3 20 (11.90%) Bash Shell
3 20 (11.90%) Shell Script
4 15 (8.93%) C
4 15 (8.93%) PowerShell
5 13 (7.74%) SQL
6 12 (7.14%) PHP
7 11 (6.55%) Java
8 8 (4.76%) Embedded C
9 7 (4.17%) C++
10 4 (2.38%) Ruby
11 1 (0.60%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.60%) C#
11 1 (0.60%) COBOL
11 1 (0.60%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.60%) Groovy
11 1 (0.60%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.60%) VB
11 1 (0.60%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 44 (26.19%) Security Cleared
2 38 (22.62%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.36%) DV Cleared
4 4 (2.38%) Degree
4 4 (2.38%) RHCE
5 3 (1.79%) CompTIA Security+
5 3 (1.79%) Linux+ Certification
6 2 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.19%) OCP
6 2 (1.19%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (1.19%) RHCSA
7 1 (0.60%) CCENT
7 1 (0.60%) CCNA
7 1 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.60%) ISEB
7 1 (0.60%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.60%) MCP
7 1 (0.60%) MCSA
7 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.60%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.57%) SLA
2 5 (2.98%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.79%) NIST
4 1 (0.60%) MISRA
4 1 (0.60%) MISRA C
System Software
1 35 (20.83%) Docker
2 21 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (8.33%) Active Directory
4 9 (5.36%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (2.98%) NFS
5 5 (2.98%) Squid
6 4 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.79%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 3 (1.79%) Firmware
7 3 (1.79%) iptables
7 3 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.79%) VMware NSX
8 2 (1.19%) GFS2
8 2 (1.19%) KVM
8 2 (1.19%) Samba
8 2 (1.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.60%) RHEV
9 1 (0.60%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.60%) vSphere
9 1 (0.60%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 62 (36.90%) Ansible
2 44 (26.19%) Puppet
3 21 (12.50%) Kubernetes
3 21 (12.50%) Terraform
4 17 (10.12%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (4.17%) Nagios
5 7 (4.17%) Red Hat Satellite
5 7 (4.17%) Salt
6 5 (2.98%) Cacti
6 5 (2.98%) Opsview
7 4 (2.38%) vCenter Server
8 3 (1.79%) CA Single Sign-On
8 3 (1.79%) CFEngine
8 3 (1.79%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (1.19%) logstash
9 2 (1.19%) Nessus
9 2 (1.19%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (1.19%) Pacemaker
9 2 (1.19%) Rsyslog
9 2 (1.19%) SELinux
Vendors
1 63 (37.50%) Red Hat
2 25 (14.88%) VMware
3 20 (11.90%) Microsoft
4 15 (8.93%) Oracle
5 9 (5.36%) SaltStack
6 7 (4.17%) Splunk
7 6 (3.57%) CheckPoint
8 5 (2.98%) IBM
8 5 (2.98%) Sybase
9 4 (2.38%) HP
10 3 (1.79%) CA
10 3 (1.79%) Citrix
10 3 (1.79%) Hortonworks
11 2 (1.19%) 3PAR
11 2 (1.19%) AppDynamics
11 2 (1.19%) Currenex
11 2 (1.19%) Meraki
11 2 (1.19%) MuleSoft
11 2 (1.19%) Thycotic
11 2 (1.19%) Veritas