Period
to 18 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 18 August 2018 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 25 20
Rank change year-on-year -6 -5 +11
Contract jobs citing Linux 282 276 439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 5.53% 6.33% 7.23%
As % of the Operating Systems category 28.57% 33.66% 37.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 193 209
West Midlands median daily rate £440 £475 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.37% +14.46% +18.57%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £519
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 13
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.57% -4.11% +33.94%
10th Percentile £14.33 £30.00 £21.45
90th Percentile £30.03 £40.00 £39.35
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +9.59%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 987 820 1,163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.34% 18.80% 19.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 521 494 575
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.66% +22.31%
10th Percentile £128 £192 £183
90th Percentile £538 £556 £519
England median daily rate £438 £425 £402
% change year-on-year +2.94% +5.72% +7.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 59 102
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.22 £13.59
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% +4.60% -9.40%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.45 £10.27
90th Percentile £21.73 £28.20 £35.48
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.39 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.63% +5.39% -

Linux
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Linux as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Linux in the West Midlands

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux in the West Midlands

Linux
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux in the West Midlands

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux in the West Midlands

Linux
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Linux in the West Midlands

Linux
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 18 August 2018. 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
Shropshire -10 106 £530 +2.91% 6
Birmingham -12 64 £425 -10.53% 31
Coventry -13 22 £575 +70.37% 13
Walsall - 14 £425 -
Wolverhampton +2 13 £425 +1.49%
Solihull -1 13 £413 - 5
Warwickshire -9 11 £451 +80.20% 7
Worcestershire -4 9 £375 +36.36% 16
Dudley +8 6 £110 - 1
Staffordshire +1 4 £500 +36.99% 8
Herefordshire -10 1 - - 4
Linux
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Linux.

1 143 (50.71%) Windows
2 125 (44.33%) DevOps
3 106 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
4 94 (33.33%) Puppet
5 92 (32.62%) Jenkins
6 90 (31.91%) Git (software)
7 87 (30.85%) Python
8 80 (28.37%) Amazon AWS
8 80 (28.37%) Continuous Integration
9 78 (27.66%) Docker
10 77 (27.30%) Unix
11 70 (24.82%) Ansible
12 63 (22.34%) Java
12 63 (22.34%) Microsoft Azure
13 61 (21.63%) Configuration Management
14 60 (21.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 55 (19.50%) Test Automation
16 53 (18.79%) VMware
17 51 (18.09%) Oracle
18 50 (17.73%) Subversion
19 49 (17.38%) Red Hat
20 46 (16.31%) Perl
21 45 (15.96%) Windows Server
22 42 (14.89%) Opscode Chef
22 42 (14.89%) VMware Infrastructure
23 41 (14.54%) SQL
23 41 (14.54%) Middleware
24 39 (13.83%) Open Source
25 37 (13.12%) Deployment Automation
26 34 (12.06%) Ubuntu

Linux
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 25 (8.87%) Apache
2 23 (8.16%) Confluence
3 22 (7.80%) nginx
4 21 (7.45%) Tomcat
5 17 (6.03%) MS Exchange
6 11 (3.90%) IIS
6 11 (3.90%) JBoss
6 11 (3.90%) WebLogic
7 5 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (1.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (1.42%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.06%) CMS
9 3 (1.06%) Drupal
9 3 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (1.06%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.71%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.71%) GlassFish
10 2 (0.71%) Moodle
10 2 (0.71%) Mule
10 2 (0.71%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 6 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.06%) ENOVIA
2 2 (0.71%) Magento
2 2 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.35%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 80 (28.37%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (22.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (9.93%) Cloud Computing
4 20 (7.09%) Amazon EC2
5 19 (6.74%) GitHub
6 16 (5.67%) Google Analytics
7 15 (5.32%) Amazon S3
8 14 (4.96%) Route 53
9 13 (4.61%) Amazon ELB
10 8 (2.84%) Office 365
11 7 (2.48%) IaaS
12 5 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (1.77%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (1.06%) SaaS
13 3 (1.06%) Serverless
13 3 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 2 (0.71%) PaaS
14 2 (0.71%) Slack
14 2 (0.71%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 31 (10.99%) SSL
2 28 (9.93%) TCP/IP
3 27 (9.57%) HTTP
4 20 (7.09%) Firewall
5 16 (5.67%) DNS
6 13 (4.61%) SAN
7 7 (2.48%) Reverse Proxy
8 6 (2.13%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (1.42%) iSCSI
9 4 (1.42%) Network Security
9 4 (1.42%) SNMP
9 4 (1.42%) Wireless
10 3 (1.06%) DHCP
10 3 (1.06%) DSL
10 3 (1.06%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (1.06%) Internet
10 3 (1.06%) LAN
10 3 (1.06%) SMS
10 3 (1.06%) SSH
11 2 (0.71%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (10.64%) MongoDB
1 30 (10.64%) PostgreSQL
2 27 (9.57%) MySQL
2 27 (9.57%) NoSQL
2 27 (9.57%) Oracle Database
3 25 (8.87%) SQL Server
4 20 (7.09%) Relational Database
5 16 (5.67%) Amazon RDS
6 10 (3.55%) Apache Cassandra
7 9 (3.19%) Oracle Database 12c
8 7 (2.48%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (1.77%) RDBMS
10 4 (1.42%) Redis
11 3 (1.06%) Big Data
11 3 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.71%) Couchbase
12 2 (0.71%) DB2
12 2 (0.71%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.71%) HBase
13 1 (0.35%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 92 (32.62%) Jenkins
2 90 (31.91%) Git (software)
3 50 (17.73%) Subversion
4 31 (10.99%) Maven
4 31 (10.99%) Selenium
5 26 (9.22%) JIRA
5 26 (9.22%) Sonatype Nexus
6 22 (7.80%) Bitbucket
7 19 (6.74%) IntelliJ
8 17 (6.03%) Grunt
9 16 (5.67%) Ant
9 16 (5.67%) Cucumber
9 16 (5.67%) gulp
9 16 (5.67%) Karma Test Runner
9 16 (5.67%) Sublime Text
10 13 (4.61%) Gatling
11 12 (4.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 11 (3.90%) JUnit
13 10 (3.55%) Vagrant
14 8 (2.84%) PHPUnit
General
1 19 (6.74%) Finance
2 7 (2.48%) Automotive
3 6 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.77%) Marketing
5 4 (1.42%) Electronics
5 4 (1.42%) Persian Language
6 3 (1.06%) Law
6 3 (1.06%) Retail
7 2 (0.71%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.71%) Banking
7 2 (0.71%) Legal
8 1 (0.35%) Back Office
8 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 78 (27.66%) DevOps Engineer
2 64 (22.70%) Developer
3 41 (14.54%) AWS Engineer
4 40 (14.18%) AWS DevOps
4 40 (14.18%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 30 (10.64%) Architect
6 25 (8.87%) Analyst
7 21 (7.45%) Administrator
8 18 (6.38%) Cloud Engineer
9 16 (5.67%) Software Engineer
10 15 (5.32%) Linux Engineer
11 14 (4.96%) Consultant
11 14 (4.96%) Python Developer
12 13 (4.61%) Solutions Architect
13 12 (4.26%) Linux DevOps Engineer
13 12 (4.26%) Linux/Unix DevOps
14 11 (3.90%) Java Developer
15 10 (3.55%) Cloud Architect
16 9 (3.19%) Azure Engineer
16 9 (3.19%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (14.54%) Middleware
2 30 (10.64%) CSS
2 30 (10.64%) HTML
3 27 (9.57%) Spring
4 26 (9.22%) REST
4 26 (9.22%) Web Services
5 25 (8.87%) Node.js
6 22 (7.80%) SOAP
7 21 (7.45%) AngularJS
7 21 (7.45%) Django
7 21 (7.45%) JSON
8 19 (6.74%) jQuery
8 19 (6.74%) RESTful
9 18 (6.38%) HTML5
10 16 (5.67%) Gherkin
10 16 (5.67%) XML
11 13 (4.61%) .NET
11 13 (4.61%) Play Framework
11 13 (4.61%) Servlets
12 10 (3.55%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 31 (10.99%) Enterprise Software
2 14 (4.96%) Data Centre
3 13 (4.61%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.61%) Smart Home
4 6 (2.13%) Algorithms
4 6 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.77%) N-Tier
5 5 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.77%) User Experience
6 4 (1.42%) Clustering
6 4 (1.42%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.42%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 4 (1.42%) PKI
6 4 (1.42%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.06%) Cloud Native
7 3 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.06%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.71%) EMC VNX
8 2 (0.71%) EMC VNXe
8 2 (0.71%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 143 (50.71%) Windows
2 77 (27.30%) Unix
3 60 (21.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 45 (15.96%) Windows Server
5 34 (12.06%) Ubuntu
6 26 (9.22%) Mac OS X
7 14 (4.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (4.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (2.48%) CentOS
9 6 (2.13%) Solaris
10 5 (1.77%) Windows 7
11 4 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.06%) AIX
12 3 (1.06%) HPUX
12 3 (1.06%) SUSE
12 3 (1.06%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.71%) Debian
13 2 (0.71%) MVS
14 1 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (44.33%) DevOps
2 106 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (28.37%) Continuous Integration
4 61 (21.63%) Configuration Management
5 55 (19.50%) Test Automation
6 39 (13.83%) Open Source
7 37 (13.12%) Deployment Automation
8 34 (12.06%) Scrum
9 29 (10.28%) Task Automation
10 26 (9.22%) Continuous Deployment
10 26 (9.22%) Microservices
11 23 (8.16%) Migration
12 21 (7.45%) Software Engineering
13 20 (7.09%) Mentoring
13 20 (7.09%) TDD
14 19 (6.74%) ITIL
15 16 (5.67%) Analytics
15 16 (5.67%) SOA
16 15 (5.32%) OO
16 15 (5.32%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 87 (30.85%) Python
2 63 (22.34%) Java
3 46 (16.31%) Perl
4 41 (14.54%) SQL
5 32 (11.35%) JavaScript
6 30 (10.64%) Ruby
7 23 (8.16%) Groovy
8 22 (7.80%) PHP
9 21 (7.45%) C#
9 21 (7.45%) Scala
10 19 (6.74%) PowerShell
11 18 (6.38%) Bash Shell
12 14 (4.96%) Haskell
13 12 (4.26%) Shell Script
14 9 (3.19%) C++
14 9 (3.19%) PL/SQL
15 6 (2.13%) ANSI SQL
15 6 (2.13%) C
16 4 (1.42%) Assembly Language
16 4 (1.42%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 31 (10.99%) Security Cleared
2 30 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 7 (2.48%) AWS Certification
4 5 (1.77%) MCSE
4 5 (1.77%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.42%) RHCE
5 4 (1.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (1.06%) CISSP
6 3 (1.06%) Degree
6 3 (1.06%) HNC
6 3 (1.06%) HND
6 3 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.71%) A+ Certification
7 2 (0.71%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (0.71%) SANS
8 1 (0.35%) CCIE
8 1 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.35%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.19%) QA
2 4 (1.42%) SLA
3 3 (1.06%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.06%) GCP
3 3 (1.06%) GDPR
4 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.35%) PMO
5 1 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 78 (27.66%) Docker
2 42 (14.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (6.74%) Active Directory
4 12 (4.26%) Hyper-V
5 10 (3.55%) NFS
6 7 (2.48%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (2.13%) LXC
8 5 (1.77%) XenApp
9 3 (1.06%) Squid
9 3 (1.06%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 3 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.71%) Firmware
10 2 (0.71%) iptables
10 2 (0.71%) Samba
10 2 (0.71%) Varnish
10 2 (0.71%) vCloud
10 2 (0.71%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.71%) Xen
11 1 (0.35%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 94 (33.33%) Puppet
2 70 (24.82%) Ansible
3 42 (14.89%) Opscode Chef
4 30 (10.64%) Terraform
5 19 (6.74%) Kibana
5 19 (6.74%) Kubernetes
6 16 (5.67%) Grafana
7 10 (3.55%) Nagios
8 7 (2.48%) Backup Exec
8 7 (2.48%) Rundeck
9 6 (2.13%) Nessus
9 6 (2.13%) SELinux
10 5 (1.77%) NetBackup
11 4 (1.42%) HP Data Protector
11 4 (1.42%) ZABBIX
12 3 (1.06%) BladeLogic
12 3 (1.06%) Netcool
12 3 (1.06%) Netcool/OMNIbus
12 3 (1.06%) SCOM
12 3 (1.06%) WSUS
Vendors
1 53 (18.79%) VMware
2 51 (18.09%) Oracle
3 49 (17.38%) Red Hat
4 30 (10.64%) Microsoft
5 24 (8.51%) Google
6 16 (5.67%) IBM
6 16 (5.67%) NetApp
7 14 (4.96%) Citrix
7 14 (4.96%) HP
8 13 (4.61%) Symantec
9 11 (3.90%) Cisco
9 11 (3.90%) Zend
10 10 (3.55%) Atlassian
11 8 (2.84%) Veritas
12 7 (2.48%) McAfee
13 6 (2.13%) Adobe
13 6 (2.13%) Dell
13 6 (2.13%) Remedy
13 6 (2.13%) Tripwire
13 6 (2.13%) WSO2