Period
to 19 November 2019

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 19 November 2019 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
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 30 29
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 -4
Contract jobs citing Linux 202 329 270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 5.18% 6.45% 5.67%
As % of the Operating Systems category 25.38% 30.24% 29.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 195 180
West Midlands median daily rate £440 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% -10.53% +10.47%
10th Percentile £291 £300 £310
90th Percentile £600 £575 £614
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +80.00% -33.33%
10th Percentile £42.50 £31.50 £17.48
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £36.20
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%

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 796 1,088 915
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 20.41% 21.32% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 560 525
West Midlands median daily rate £364 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.00% +2.74% -8.75%
10th Percentile £132 £143 £159
90th Percentile £569 £525 £559
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 124 89
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.26% +6.90% +2.84%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.70
90th Percentile £23.40 £25.58 £34.37
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 19 November 2019.

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
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 19 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
Birmingham -7 60 £475 +27.52% 33
Shropshire +3 57 £540 +11.46% 6
Coventry -7 23 £400 - 17
Dudley +3 13 £300 +207.69%
Warwickshire -6 13 £350 -30.00% 14
Herefordshire +13 6 £250 - 5
Staffordshire +6 5 £389 +5.07% 12
Worcestershire -2 5 £513 +50.18% 11
Solihull -7 2 £425 +6.25% 2
West Bromwich - 2 £444 -
Linux
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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.

1 109 (53.96%) AWS
2 87 (43.07%) DevOps
3 72 (35.64%) Terraform
4 71 (35.15%) Windows
5 63 (31.19%) Security Cleared
6 53 (26.24%) SC Cleared
6 53 (26.24%) Puppet
7 52 (25.74%) Configuration Management
8 51 (25.25%) Azure
9 46 (22.77%) Jenkins
10 44 (21.78%) Ansible
11 43 (21.29%) Java
12 41 (20.30%) SQL
12 41 (20.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 39 (19.31%) Unix
13 39 (19.31%) Migration
14 37 (18.32%) VMware
15 35 (17.33%) Firewall
16 34 (16.83%) Amazon EC2
17 33 (16.34%) Git (software)
17 33 (16.34%) Agile Software Development
17 33 (16.34%) JIRA
18 31 (15.35%) CentOS
19 29 (14.36%) Docker
20 28 (13.86%) Python
21 27 (13.37%) DNS
21 27 (13.37%) Active Directory
22 26 (12.87%) Pentaho
22 26 (12.87%) Cloudera
23 25 (12.38%) VMware Infrastructure

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 21 (10.40%) Confluence
2 19 (9.41%) Apache
3 11 (5.45%) Apache Spark
4 8 (3.96%) nginx
5 5 (2.48%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.98%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2000
7 3 (1.49%) JBoss
7 3 (1.49%) MS Exchange
7 3 (1.49%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.50%) Drupal
8 1 (0.50%) IIS
8 1 (0.50%) Jetty
8 1 (0.50%) Mongrel
8 1 (0.50%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle 10gAS
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (5.45%) assyst
2 6 (2.97%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.50%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 109 (53.96%) AWS
2 51 (25.25%) Azure
3 34 (16.83%) Amazon EC2
4 24 (11.88%) Amazon S3
5 22 (10.89%) Route 53
6 21 (10.40%) Amazon ELB
7 11 (5.45%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (5.45%) GCP
7 11 (5.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 8 (3.96%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 8 (3.96%) Amazon EKS
8 8 (3.96%) PaaS
9 7 (3.47%) CloudFront
9 7 (3.47%) GitHub
10 5 (2.48%) IaaS
10 5 (2.48%) Office 365
11 4 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (1.49%) Google Analytics
12 3 (1.49%) SaaS
13 2 (0.99%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 35 (17.33%) Firewall
2 27 (13.37%) DNS
3 24 (11.88%) TCP/IP
4 22 (10.89%) SSL
5 14 (6.93%) HTTP
6 11 (5.45%) VPN
7 10 (4.95%) Internet
7 10 (4.95%) Kerberos
8 9 (4.46%) SAN
9 8 (3.96%) DHCP
10 5 (2.48%) NAS
10 5 (2.48%) WAN
11 3 (1.49%) LAN
11 3 (1.49%) VoIP
11 3 (1.49%) X.500
12 2 (0.99%) HTTPS
12 2 (0.99%) Network Security
13 1 (0.50%) Cisco ASA
13 1 (0.50%) HSRP
13 1 (0.50%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (12.87%) Pentaho
2 24 (11.88%) MySQL
3 23 (11.39%) Amazon RDS
4 13 (6.44%) Big Data
5 10 (4.95%) Apache Hive
5 10 (4.95%) Impala
5 10 (4.95%) SQL Server
6 6 (2.97%) MongoDB
6 6 (2.97%) Oracle Database
6 6 (2.97%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (2.48%) NoSQL
8 4 (1.98%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (1.98%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.98%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.98%) Relational Database
9 3 (1.49%) MariaDB
9 3 (1.49%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.99%) DB2
10 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 46 (22.77%) Jenkins
2 33 (16.34%) Git (software)
2 33 (16.34%) JIRA
3 22 (10.89%) Artifactory
4 15 (7.43%) Bitbucket
4 15 (7.43%) GitLab
5 11 (5.45%) Vagrant
6 7 (3.47%) CircleCI
6 7 (3.47%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (2.48%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.98%) Ant
8 4 (1.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (1.98%) IntelliJ
8 4 (1.98%) JUnit
8 4 (1.98%) Selenium
9 3 (1.49%) Cucumber
9 3 (1.49%) Grunt
9 3 (1.49%) gulp
9 3 (1.49%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (1.49%) Sublime Text
General
1 16 (7.92%) Public Sector
2 7 (3.47%) Banking
3 4 (1.98%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.49%) Retail
5 2 (0.99%) Finance
5 2 (0.99%) Marketing
6 1 (0.50%) Back Office
6 1 (0.50%) Law
6 1 (0.50%) Military
Job Titles
1 47 (23.27%) DevOps Engineer
2 33 (16.34%) Platform Engineer
3 30 (14.85%) AWS DevOps
3 30 (14.85%) AWS Engineer
4 23 (11.39%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 20 (9.90%) Architect
5 20 (9.90%) Linux Engineer
6 18 (8.91%) Analyst
6 18 (8.91%) Developer
7 15 (7.43%) Linux/Unix DevOps
8 14 (6.93%) Cloud Engineer
9 12 (5.94%) Linux DevOps Engineer
10 11 (5.45%) Data Engineer
11 9 (4.46%) Big Data Engineer
12 8 (3.96%) Azure DevOps
12 8 (3.96%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 8 (3.96%) Azure Engineer
13 6 (2.97%) Citrix Analyst
13 6 (2.97%) Commissioning Engineer
13 6 (2.97%) Migration Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.89%) .NET
2 15 (7.43%) J2EE
3 11 (5.45%) Node.js
3 11 (5.45%) RabbitMQ
4 9 (4.46%) Elastic Stack
4 9 (4.46%) Kafka
5 8 (3.96%) LAMP
5 8 (3.96%) Web Services
6 7 (3.47%) CSS
6 7 (3.47%) HTML
6 7 (3.47%) LEMP Stack
6 7 (3.47%) XML
7 6 (2.97%) JSON
8 5 (2.48%) Spring
9 4 (1.98%) AngularJS
9 4 (1.98%) LAPP Stack
9 4 (1.98%) Play Framework
9 4 (1.98%) Sensu
9 4 (1.98%) Servlets
9 4 (1.98%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.40%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.46%) Public Cloud
3 7 (3.47%) Cloud Native
4 4 (1.98%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.49%) CMDB
5 3 (1.49%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (0.99%) Device Driver
6 2 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (0.99%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.99%) NHS
6 2 (0.99%) PKI
7 1 (0.50%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.50%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.50%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.50%) iSeries
7 1 (0.50%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.50%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.50%) Replication
7 1 (0.50%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 71 (35.15%) Windows
2 41 (20.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 39 (19.31%) Unix
4 31 (15.35%) CentOS
5 19 (9.41%) Ubuntu
6 15 (7.43%) Windows Server
7 12 (5.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (3.47%) CoreOS
8 7 (3.47%) Solaris
9 6 (2.97%) HPUX
10 5 (2.48%) AIX
11 4 (1.98%) Windows 7
12 3 (1.49%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.99%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.99%) SUSE
13 2 (0.99%) VMS
13 2 (0.99%) Windows 10
13 2 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.99%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (43.07%) DevOps
2 52 (25.74%) Configuration Management
3 39 (19.31%) Migration
4 33 (16.34%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (12.38%) Problem-Solving
6 18 (8.91%) Microservices
7 15 (7.43%) Software Engineering
8 13 (6.44%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (6.44%) Open Source
9 12 (5.94%) Data Centre Operations
9 12 (5.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (5.94%) Infrastructure as Code
10 11 (5.45%) DevSecOps
10 11 (5.45%) Infrastructure Automation
11 10 (4.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 10 (4.95%) ITIL
11 10 (4.95%) Project Delivery
12 9 (4.46%) Change Management
12 9 (4.46%) Service Delivery
12 9 (4.46%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (21.29%) Java
2 41 (20.30%) SQL
3 28 (13.86%) Python
4 21 (10.40%) Bash Shell
4 21 (10.40%) PHP
5 16 (7.92%) PowerShell
6 15 (7.43%) JavaScript
6 15 (7.43%) Ruby
7 11 (5.45%) C#
7 11 (5.45%) Shell Script
8 9 (4.46%) Perl
9 7 (3.47%) Go
9 7 (3.47%) Rust
10 6 (2.97%) Scala
11 4 (1.98%) C++
11 4 (1.98%) Groovy
12 3 (1.49%) Haskell
12 3 (1.49%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.99%) VBScript
14 1 (0.50%) C
Qualifications
1 63 (31.19%) Security Cleared
2 53 (26.24%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.46%) AWS Certification
4 7 (3.47%) MCSA
4 7 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (1.98%) Degree
5 4 (1.98%) DV Cleared
5 4 (1.98%) RHCE
5 4 (1.98%) RHCSA
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.99%) CCNA
7 2 (0.99%) CCNP
8 1 (0.50%) HNC
8 1 (0.50%) HND
8 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.50%) MCSE
8 1 (0.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.99%) SLA
2 1 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.50%) JSP 440
System Software
1 29 (14.36%) Docker
2 27 (13.37%) Active Directory
3 25 (12.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (8.91%) vSphere
5 14 (6.93%) XenApp
6 12 (5.94%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (3.47%) Hyper-V
7 7 (3.47%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.98%) PowerDNS
9 3 (1.49%) LXC
9 3 (1.49%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (1.49%) Samba
10 2 (0.99%) vCloud
11 1 (0.50%) KVM
11 1 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.50%) NFS
11 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.50%) Xen
11 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 72 (35.64%) Terraform
2 53 (26.24%) Puppet
3 44 (21.78%) Ansible
4 21 (10.40%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (7.92%) Kubernetes
6 11 (5.45%) HAProxy
7 10 (4.95%) Consul
7 10 (4.95%) Packer
8 9 (4.46%) Hadoop YARN
9 7 (3.47%) Avamar
9 7 (3.47%) Docker Swarm
10 6 (2.97%) Grafana
10 6 (2.97%) Netcool
10 6 (2.97%) OpenView
11 4 (1.98%) NetBackup
11 4 (1.98%) QRadar
11 4 (1.98%) vRealize
12 3 (1.49%) Kibana
13 2 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
13 2 (0.99%) SCCM
Vendors
1 37 (18.32%) VMware
2 26 (12.87%) Cloudera
3 25 (12.38%) Red Hat
4 24 (11.88%) Microsoft
5 23 (11.39%) Oracle
6 19 (9.41%) Cisco
7 16 (7.92%) Citrix
8 14 (6.93%) NetApp
9 10 (4.95%) HP
10 7 (3.47%) Confluent
10 7 (3.47%) EMC
10 7 (3.47%) Veracode
11 6 (2.97%) BMC
11 6 (2.97%) Google
11 6 (2.97%) Remedy
12 5 (2.48%) Splunk
13 4 (1.98%) Atlassian
13 4 (1.98%) Nimble Storage
13 4 (1.98%) SolarWinds
13 4 (1.98%) Veeam