Period
to 15 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Linux Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 November 2019.

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
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 493 416 320
Rank change year-on-year -77 -96 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Engineer 324 602 844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.58% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.61% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 415 608
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £313 £350 £325
90th Percentile £688 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £425 £438
% change year-on-year +4.71% -2.86% +5.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 32 56
UK median hourly rate £46.25 £50.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.50% +11.11% +12.50%
10th Percentile £40.13 £43.88 £37.50
90th Percentile £50.75 £51.00 £50.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £50.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% +13.92%

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 79,036 98,756 97,811
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 94.79% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,747 65,177 64,429
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +1.12% +4.71%
10th Percentile £256 £269 £262
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,939 3,088 2,922
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.92
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

Linux Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Engineer over the 6 months to 15 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux Engineer in the UK

Linux Engineer
Top 16 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 15 November 2019. 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 -93 281 £475 -5.00% 165
UK excluding London -36 178 £445 +4.71% 108
London -47 139 £525 -4.55% 60
South East -32 45 £400 -5.88% 31
North of England +5 41 £463 +8.82% 27
Yorkshire +22 24 £463 +8.82% 8
Midlands +53 23 £363 -3.33% 6
West Midlands +55 20 £381 +3.04% 6
South West -13 19 £475 +13.77% 11
Scotland +16 16 £325 -27.78% 1
Wales +27 14 £555 +40.51% 2
North West +15 14 £469 +7.14% 17
East of England +7 14 £389 -13.61% 30
Northern Ireland - 6 £513 -
East Midlands +22 3 £325 -20.73%
North East +15 3 £513 +28.13% 2

Linux Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 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.

1 324 (100.00%) Linux
2 146 (45.06%) DevOps
3 114 (35.19%) Puppet
3 114 (35.19%) Python
4 113 (34.88%) Ansible
5 105 (32.41%) Red Hat
6 97 (29.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 78 (24.07%) Docker
8 72 (22.22%) AWS
8 72 (22.22%) Unix
9 71 (21.91%) VMware
9 71 (21.91%) Jenkins
10 68 (20.99%) Configuration Management
11 66 (20.37%) Bash Shell
12 63 (19.44%) Security Cleared
13 60 (18.52%) Terraform
14 56 (17.28%) Agile Software Development
15 54 (16.67%) Git (software)
15 54 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
16 53 (16.36%) Kubernetes
17 52 (16.05%) SC Cleared
18 49 (15.12%) Azure
19 46 (14.20%) Java
20 45 (13.89%) Perl
20 45 (13.89%) Windows
20 45 (13.89%) CentOS
21 43 (13.27%) Finance
22 42 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
23 37 (11.42%) SQL
24 36 (11.11%) Ubuntu

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 31 (9.57%) Apache
2 15 (4.63%) Tomcat
3 13 (4.01%) nginx
4 9 (2.78%) OpenStack
5 8 (2.47%) Confluence
5 8 (2.47%) IIS
5 8 (2.47%) WebSphere
6 6 (1.85%) JBoss
7 5 (1.54%) Apache Spark
7 5 (1.54%) Jetty
7 5 (1.54%) Mongrel
8 4 (1.23%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.62%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 3 (0.93%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 72 (22.22%) AWS
2 49 (15.12%) Azure
3 32 (9.88%) GCP
4 17 (5.25%) GitHub
5 15 (4.63%) OpenShift
6 12 (3.70%) Amazon EC2
7 11 (3.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 8 (2.47%) Amazon S3
9 5 (1.54%) Google App Engine
9 5 (1.54%) IaaS
9 5 (1.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (1.23%) Amazon EKS
10 4 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (1.23%) Datadog
10 4 (1.23%) Route 53
11 3 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.93%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.62%) Apigee
13 1 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.31%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 28 (8.64%) DNS
2 27 (8.33%) TCP/IP
3 20 (6.17%) SSL
4 17 (5.25%) Firewall
5 15 (4.63%) HTTP
6 14 (4.32%) SAN
7 9 (2.78%) Internet
8 8 (2.47%) DHCP
9 6 (1.85%) FTP
9 6 (1.85%) Network Security
9 6 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (1.54%) Ethernet
10 5 (1.54%) IPsec
10 5 (1.54%) NAS
10 5 (1.54%) VPN
11 4 (1.23%) Bluetooth
11 4 (1.23%) LAN
11 4 (1.23%) VoIP
11 4 (1.23%) WAN
12 3 (0.93%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (8.33%) MySQL
2 17 (5.25%) Big Data
3 13 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (3.70%) SQL Server
5 10 (3.09%) Amazon RDS
5 10 (3.09%) MongoDB
6 9 (2.78%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.85%) Hadoop
8 5 (1.54%) BigQuery
8 5 (1.54%) Couchbase
8 5 (1.54%) InterSystems Cache
8 5 (1.54%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.23%) DB2
9 4 (1.23%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.93%) Apache Hive
10 3 (0.93%) Apache Ignite
10 3 (0.93%) Flink
10 3 (0.93%) KDB
10 3 (0.93%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 71 (21.91%) Jenkins
2 54 (16.67%) Git (software)
3 16 (4.94%) JIRA
4 10 (3.09%) Travis CI
5 7 (2.16%) GitLab
5 7 (2.16%) Vagrant
6 6 (1.85%) Artifactory
6 6 (1.85%) Bitbucket
6 6 (1.85%) CircleCI
6 6 (1.85%) Subversion
7 5 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (1.23%) CA Gen
8 4 (1.23%) ClearCase
8 4 (1.23%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (0.93%) ClearQuest
9 3 (0.93%) Redmine
9 3 (0.93%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.93%) Visual Studio Code
10 2 (0.62%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.62%) SonarQube
General
1 43 (13.27%) Finance
2 22 (6.79%) Banking
3 12 (3.70%) Public Sector
4 7 (2.16%) Retail
5 4 (1.23%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.23%) Law
5 4 (1.23%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.62%) Publishing
7 2 (0.62%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.31%) Electronics
8 1 (0.31%) International Banking
8 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.31%) Military
8 1 (0.31%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (8.02%) Kafka
2 21 (6.48%) .NET
3 18 (5.56%) J2EE
4 10 (3.09%) LAMP
4 10 (3.09%) REST
5 7 (2.16%) LDAP
5 7 (2.16%) LEMP Stack
6 6 (1.85%) Drools
7 5 (1.54%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (1.54%) Middleware
7 5 (1.54%) Node.js
7 5 (1.54%) Servlets
7 5 (1.54%) Software Packaging
8 4 (1.23%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (1.23%) RESTful
9 3 (0.93%) X-Windows
9 3 (0.93%) YAML
10 2 (0.62%) JSON
10 2 (0.62%) Swagger
10 2 (0.62%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.25%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.70%) Clustering
4 10 (3.09%) Public Cloud
5 9 (2.78%) Device Driver
6 8 (2.47%) Embedded Systems
6 8 (2.47%) Enterprise Storage
7 5 (1.54%) Blog
8 4 (1.23%) Cloud Native
8 4 (1.23%) Hedge funds
8 4 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (1.23%) Replication
9 3 (0.93%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.93%) EMC VMAX
9 3 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.62%) Blackberry
10 2 (0.62%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.62%) EMC VNX
10 2 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 324 (100.00%) Linux
2 97 (29.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 72 (22.22%) Unix
4 45 (13.89%) CentOS
4 45 (13.89%) Windows
5 36 (11.11%) Ubuntu
6 20 (6.17%) Windows Server
7 19 (5.86%) Solaris
8 14 (4.32%) Embedded Linux
9 11 (3.40%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 7 (2.16%) HPUX
10 7 (2.16%) SUSE
11 6 (1.85%) Android
11 6 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (1.23%) AIX
13 4 (1.23%) CoreOS
14 3 (0.93%) Mesosphere
14 3 (0.93%) VMS
15 2 (0.62%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (45.06%) DevOps
2 68 (20.99%) Configuration Management
3 56 (17.28%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
5 33 (10.19%) Migration
6 31 (9.57%) Software Engineering
7 30 (9.26%) Infrastructure as Code
8 28 (8.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 22 (6.79%) Task Automation
9 22 (6.79%) Test Automation
10 21 (6.48%) Open Source
11 18 (5.56%) ITIL
12 17 (5.25%) E-Commerce
13 16 (4.94%) Problem-Solving
14 15 (4.63%) Site Reliability Engineering
15 14 (4.32%) Performance Tuning
16 12 (3.70%) Change Management
16 12 (3.70%) Infrastructure Automation
16 12 (3.70%) Systems Engineering
17 11 (3.40%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 114 (35.19%) Python
2 66 (20.37%) Bash Shell
3 46 (14.20%) Java
4 45 (13.89%) Perl
5 37 (11.42%) SQL
6 23 (7.10%) C
7 19 (5.86%) C++
7 19 (5.86%) PHP
8 18 (5.56%) PowerShell
9 17 (5.25%) Shell Script
10 16 (4.94%) Ruby
11 15 (4.63%) JavaScript
12 14 (4.32%) Go
13 11 (3.40%) Korn
14 8 (2.47%) Embedded C
15 7 (2.16%) Embedded C++
16 6 (1.85%) Groovy
17 5 (1.54%) C#
18 4 (1.23%) PL/SQL
18 4 (1.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 63 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 52 (16.05%) SC Cleared
3 19 (5.86%) Degree
4 7 (2.16%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (2.16%) RHCSA
5 6 (1.85%) DV Cleared
6 5 (1.54%) CCNP
6 5 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.54%) RHCE
7 4 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.23%) CCNA
8 3 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.62%) MCP
9 2 (0.62%) MCSA
9 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.31%) ISEB
10 1 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.31%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.31%) JNCIP
10 1 (0.31%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.85%) QA
1 6 (1.85%) SLA
2 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.62%) GMP
3 2 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.31%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 26262
4 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.31%) NCSC
4 1 (0.31%) NIST
System Software
1 78 (24.07%) Docker
2 42 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (5.86%) Hyper-V
4 15 (4.63%) Active Directory
5 9 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (2.47%) KVM
6 8 (2.47%) Xen
7 7 (2.16%) vSphere
8 6 (1.85%) NFS
8 6 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (1.54%) VirtualBox
10 4 (1.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 3 (0.93%) iptables
11 3 (0.93%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.62%) HDFS
12 2 (0.62%) LXC
12 2 (0.62%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 2 (0.62%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 2 (0.62%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.31%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 114 (35.19%) Puppet
2 113 (34.88%) Ansible
3 60 (18.52%) Terraform
4 54 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
5 53 (16.36%) Kubernetes
6 14 (4.32%) Salt
7 10 (3.09%) Red Hat Satellite
8 8 (2.47%) Cobbler
8 8 (2.47%) Marathon
8 8 (2.47%) Nagios
9 7 (2.16%) HAProxy
9 7 (2.16%) Mesos
9 7 (2.16%) Prometheus
10 6 (1.85%) SCCM
11 5 (1.54%) Consul
11 5 (1.54%) Grafana
11 5 (1.54%) yum
12 4 (1.23%) CFEngine
12 4 (1.23%) QRadar
13 3 (0.93%) Packer
Vendors
1 105 (32.41%) Red Hat
2 71 (21.91%) VMware
3 22 (6.79%) Oracle
4 18 (5.56%) Microsoft
5 15 (4.63%) HP
5 15 (4.63%) Splunk
6 14 (4.32%) Cisco
7 11 (3.40%) SaltStack
8 9 (2.78%) EMC
9 8 (2.47%) Google
10 7 (2.16%) IBM
10 7 (2.16%) NetApp
11 6 (1.85%) F5
12 5 (1.54%) 3PAR
12 5 (1.54%) Citrix
12 5 (1.54%) Veritas
13 4 (1.23%) BEA
13 4 (1.23%) Dell
13 4 (1.23%) McAfee
13 4 (1.23%) webMethods