The median contractor rate for a Linux Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 Specialist
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 564 597 615
Rank change year-on-year +33 +18  
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Specialist 43 54 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.10% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.096% 0.11% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 34 18
Median daily rate £425 £431 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.44% -1.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £328 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £550 £558
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £431 £425
% change year-on-year -1.44% +1.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £20.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44561 50348 53046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28813 32834 33338
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1376 1496 2028
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Linux Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Linux Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Linux Specialist in the UK

Linux Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux Specialist in the UK

Linux Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Specialist over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux Specialist in the UK

Linux Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux Specialist in the UK

Linux Specialist
Top 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 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
England +13 33 £418 -3.18% 3
South East +34 18 £431 -8.00%
Scotland - 9 £425 -
Buckinghamshire -10 8 - -
Milton Keynes -10 7 - -
North West +27 6 £418 -1.76% 1
Hampshire +5 6 - -
London -26 5 £513 +13.88%
Glasgow - 5 £425 -
Lancashire - 5 £425 -
Preston - 4 £425 -
Edinburgh - 4 £438 -
Surrey +6 2 £525 -
Bristol - 2 £425 -
South West - 2 £425 -
Yorkshire +26 1 £400 -11.11% 1
Berkshire +18 1 - -
Reading +14 1 - -
Manchester +13 1 £400 -
Bedfordshire -7 1 - -
East of England -8 1 - -
Tunbridge Wells - 1 £338 -
Northampton - 1 - -
Camberley - 1 £525 -
Pudsey - 1 £400 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £400 - 1
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Kent - 1 £338 -
East Midlands - 1 - -

Linux Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, Linux Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Linux Specialist in the job title.

1 78 (100.00%) Linux
2 41 (52.56%) Red Hat
3 38 (48.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 29 (37.18%) Security Cleared
5 27 (34.62%) SC Cleared
6 25 (32.05%) VMware
7 24 (30.77%) Unix
7 24 (30.77%) Puppet
8 21 (26.92%) JBoss
9 17 (21.79%) Apache
10 16 (20.51%) CentOS
11 15 (19.23%) Bash Shell
11 15 (19.23%) ITIL
11 15 (19.23%) PostgreSQL
12 14 (17.95%) SQL
12 14 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
13 13 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
14 12 (15.38%) AIX
14 12 (15.38%) RHCE
14 12 (15.38%) Finance
15 11 (14.10%) HP
16 10 (12.82%) EMC
16 10 (12.82%) MongoDB
16 10 (12.82%) High Availability
16 10 (12.82%) Capacity Management
17 9 (11.54%) Ubuntu
17 9 (11.54%) Shell Script
17 9 (11.54%) Perl
18 8 (10.26%) Java
18 8 (10.26%) Oracle

Linux Specialist 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 21 (26.92%) JBoss
2 17 (21.79%) Apache
3 8 (10.26%) Tomcat
4 5 (6.41%) OpenStack
5 4 (5.13%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.28%) EPiServer
6 1 (1.28%) FileNet
6 1 (1.28%) IIS
6 1 (1.28%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.28%) nginx
6 1 (1.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 8 (10.26%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.28%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.41%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (5.13%) OpenShift
3 3 (3.85%) Bluemix
3 3 (3.85%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.26%) Firewall
2 6 (7.69%) DNS
2 6 (7.69%) TCP/IP
3 4 (5.13%) SAN
4 2 (2.56%) Network Security
4 2 (2.56%) VPN
5 1 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.28%) HTTP
5 1 (1.28%) HTTPS
5 1 (1.28%) NAS
5 1 (1.28%) Reverse Proxy
5 1 (1.28%) SSL
5 1 (1.28%) VSAN
5 1 (1.28%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (19.23%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (12.82%) MongoDB
3 6 (7.69%) RDBMS
3 6 (7.69%) Redis
3 6 (7.69%) Relational Database
4 4 (5.13%) MySQL
5 1 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.28%) Big Data
5 1 (1.28%) NuoDB
Development Applications
1 5 (6.41%) Jenkins
2 4 (5.13%) Git (software)
3 3 (3.85%) GitLab
4 2 (2.56%) Artifactory
General
1 12 (15.38%) Finance
2 8 (10.26%) Banking
3 5 (6.41%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.56%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.56%) Retail
5 1 (1.28%) Electronics
5 1 (1.28%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.28%) Marketing
5 1 (1.28%) Private Banking
5 1 (1.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.69%) ActiveMQ
1 6 (7.69%) Java EE
2 4 (5.13%) SOAP
2 4 (5.13%) XML
3 2 (2.56%) CGI
3 2 (2.56%) Middleware
4 1 (1.28%) .NET
4 1 (1.28%) Flash
4 1 (1.28%) JAAS
4 1 (1.28%) JMS
4 1 (1.28%) JMX
4 1 (1.28%) JNDI
4 1 (1.28%) LAMP
4 1 (1.28%) LAPP Stack
4 1 (1.28%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.41%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.13%) Smart Meter
3 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.56%) Clustering
3 2 (2.56%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.56%) EMC VNX
3 2 (2.56%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.56%) Replication
4 1 (1.28%) DataPower
4 1 (1.28%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.28%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 78 (100.00%) Linux
2 38 (48.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 24 (30.77%) Unix
4 16 (20.51%) CentOS
5 12 (15.38%) AIX
6 9 (11.54%) Ubuntu
7 6 (7.69%) Windows
8 4 (5.13%) Solaris
9 2 (2.56%) HPUX
10 1 (1.28%) Debian
10 1 (1.28%) Fedora
10 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (19.23%) ITIL
2 10 (12.82%) Capacity Management
2 10 (12.82%) High Availability
3 8 (10.26%) Migration
3 8 (10.26%) Performance Tuning
4 7 (8.97%) ITSM
4 7 (8.97%) Performance Analysis
4 7 (8.97%) Service Management
5 6 (7.69%) ITIL V3
6 5 (6.41%) Configuration Management
6 5 (6.41%) DevOps
6 5 (6.41%) Patch Management
7 4 (5.13%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (3.85%) Open Source
8 3 (3.85%) Project Management
8 3 (3.85%) Virtual Environments
9 2 (2.56%) Disaster Recovery
9 2 (2.56%) Security Patching
9 2 (2.56%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (19.23%) Bash Shell
2 14 (17.95%) SQL
3 9 (11.54%) Perl
3 9 (11.54%) Shell Script
4 8 (10.26%) Java
5 6 (7.69%) Python
6 3 (3.85%) Ruby
7 1 (1.28%) C
7 1 (1.28%) C++
7 1 (1.28%) Go
7 1 (1.28%) JCL
7 1 (1.28%) PHP
7 1 (1.28%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 29 (37.18%) Security Cleared
2 27 (34.62%) SC Cleared
3 12 (15.38%) RHCE
4 7 (8.97%) RHCSA
5 6 (7.69%) CISSP
5 6 (7.69%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.28%) AWS Certification
6 1 (1.28%) CCNA
6 1 (1.28%) CCNP
6 1 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.28%) Degree
6 1 (1.28%) MCSA
6 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.28%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (8.97%) Squid
2 7 (8.97%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (8.97%) Virtual Servers
3 5 (6.41%) Docker
4 3 (3.85%) Active Directory
5 2 (2.56%) GlusterFS
5 2 (2.56%) PowerHA
5 2 (2.56%) Samba
5 2 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (2.56%) vSphere
6 1 (1.28%) Firmware
6 1 (1.28%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 24 (30.77%) Puppet
2 13 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (10.26%) Nagios
3 8 (10.26%) vCenter Server
4 7 (8.97%) EMC NetWorker
4 7 (8.97%) OVSD
4 7 (8.97%) SCOM
4 7 (8.97%) SELinux
5 6 (7.69%) Ansible
5 6 (7.69%) Cobbler
6 3 (3.85%) Red Hat Satellite
6 3 (3.85%) Terraform
7 2 (2.56%) CloudForms
7 2 (2.56%) HAProxy
7 2 (2.56%) Kubernetes
7 2 (2.56%) Prometheus
7 2 (2.56%) Xymon
8 1 (1.28%) Oracle ZFS
8 1 (1.28%) vRealize
8 1 (1.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 41 (52.56%) Red Hat
2 25 (32.05%) VMware
3 11 (14.10%) HP
4 10 (12.82%) EMC
5 8 (10.26%) Microsoft
5 8 (10.26%) Oracle
6 7 (8.97%) ArcSight
6 7 (8.97%) Tripwire
7 6 (7.69%) Splunk
8 4 (5.13%) Veritas
9 2 (2.56%) Arqiva
9 2 (2.56%) Cisco
9 2 (2.56%) Citrix
9 2 (2.56%) F5
9 2 (2.56%) IBM
10 1 (1.28%) 3PAR
10 1 (1.28%) Avaya
10 1 (1.28%) PlateSpin
10 1 (1.28%) Rackspace
10 1 (1.28%) Veeam