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 3 months to 27 March 2017 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
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 25 38
Rank change year-on-year +3 +13  
Contract jobs citing Linux 137 185 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.10% 6.87% 4.19%
As % of the Operating Systems category 39.94% 30.28% 21.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 88 76
Median daily rate £460 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.23% +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £336 £258 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 9
Median hourly rate £27.50 - £30.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 - £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.37 - £35.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £43.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -9.88% +19.44%  

Linux is in the operating system skills category. The next 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.

Contract Operating System Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 343 611 504
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.26% 22.70% 19.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 281 230
Median daily rate £400 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £192 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +7.58% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 47 83
Median hourly rate £14.71 £15.93 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.61% +6.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.73 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £22.50 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.84 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.44% +8.64%  

Linux
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Linux as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 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
Shropshire +13 43 £496 +16.74% 4
Birmingham 0 32 £450 +28.57% 16
Warwickshire +15 25 £425 - 8
Coventry -8 9 £331 -11.66% 8
Worcestershire +2 5 £275 +111.53% 3
Herefordshire - 3 £600 -
Staffordshire +2 1 £275 -27.63% 1
Linux
England

Linux
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Linux also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Linux.

1 104 (35.49%) Windows
2 91 (31.06%) Unix
3 83 (28.33%) Puppet
4 82 (27.99%) Agile Software Development
5 75 (25.60%) Python
6 74 (25.26%) DevOps
7 71 (24.23%) Amazon AWS
8 69 (23.55%) Configuration Management
9 65 (22.18%) Git (software)
9 65 (22.18%) Ruby
10 64 (21.84%) Java
10 64 (21.84%) Ansible
11 61 (20.82%) HTTP
12 58 (19.80%) Jenkins
13 57 (19.45%) Docker
14 55 (18.77%) Continuous Integration
15 54 (18.43%) Open Source
16 51 (17.41%) TCP/IP
17 50 (17.06%) Oracle
18 48 (16.38%) MongoDB
19 46 (15.70%) MySQL
19 46 (15.70%) PHP
19 46 (15.70%) PostgreSQL
19 46 (15.70%) Opscode Chef
20 44 (15.02%) Security Cleared
21 43 (14.68%) CSS
22 42 (14.33%) Microsoft Azure
23 40 (13.65%) SQL
24 39 (13.31%) Subversion
25 37 (12.63%) JavaScript

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 36 (12.29%) Elasticsearch
2 33 (11.26%) Apache
3 28 (9.56%) Confluence
4 17 (5.80%) JBoss
4 17 (5.80%) WebLogic
5 14 (4.78%) Tomcat
6 13 (4.44%) Oracle Application Server
7 11 (3.75%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 10 (3.41%) IIS
9 9 (3.07%) nginx
9 9 (3.07%) OpenStack
10 6 (2.05%) WebSphere
11 3 (1.02%) SharePoint
12 2 (0.68%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.68%) CMS
12 2 (0.68%) Drupal
12 2 (0.68%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.68%) SAS
12 2 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.34%) CloudStack
Applications
1 6 (2.05%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.71%) MS Office
3 2 (0.68%) MS Project
3 2 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (2.73%) Maximo
2 6 (2.05%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (1.37%) Oracle 11i
3 4 (1.37%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (1.37%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 71 (24.23%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (14.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (4.10%) GitHub
4 7 (2.39%) Google Analytics
4 7 (2.39%) IaaS
5 6 (2.05%) PaaS
6 5 (1.71%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon S3
7 3 (1.02%) Amazon SQS
7 3 (1.02%) IBM PureFlex
7 3 (1.02%) Route 53
7 3 (1.02%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.68%) IBM SmartCloud
8 2 (0.68%) Office 365
9 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (20.82%) HTTP
2 51 (17.41%) TCP/IP
3 31 (10.58%) SSL
4 16 (5.46%) SAN
5 14 (4.78%) DNS
6 13 (4.44%) Firewall
7 10 (3.41%) Intrusion Detection
7 10 (3.41%) Network Security
8 9 (3.07%) VPN
9 7 (2.39%) LDAP
10 5 (1.71%) SNMP
10 5 (1.71%) SSH
10 5 (1.71%) WAN
11 4 (1.37%) LAN
12 3 (1.02%) DHCP
12 3 (1.02%) Ethernet
12 3 (1.02%) Internet
13 2 (0.68%) FTP
13 2 (0.68%) SMTP
13 2 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (16.38%) MongoDB
2 46 (15.70%) MySQL
2 46 (15.70%) PostgreSQL
3 30 (10.24%) Oracle Database
4 29 (9.90%) NoSQL
5 27 (9.22%) Relational Database
6 14 (4.78%) Oracle Database 11g
6 14 (4.78%) SQL Server
7 13 (4.44%) Oracle Database 10g
8 9 (3.07%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (3.07%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (2.05%) Big Data
11 5 (1.71%) Oracle Discoverer
12 4 (1.37%) Oracle BI EE
13 3 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 3 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (1.02%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.68%) Hadoop
15 1 (0.34%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 65 (22.18%) Git (software)
2 58 (19.80%) Jenkins
3 39 (13.31%) Subversion
4 29 (9.90%) JIRA
5 23 (7.85%) IntelliJ
6 20 (6.83%) JUnit
7 19 (6.48%) Selenium
8 11 (3.75%) Cucumber
8 11 (3.75%) gulp
9 9 (3.07%) ClearQuest
9 9 (3.07%) Eclipse
9 9 (3.07%) Sonatype Nexus
10 8 (2.73%) Ant
10 8 (2.73%) Apache Ivy
10 8 (2.73%) ClearCase
11 6 (2.05%) Gatling
11 6 (2.05%) Grunt
11 6 (2.05%) Karma Test Runner
11 6 (2.05%) Sublime Text
11 6 (2.05%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 20 (6.83%) Finance
2 9 (3.07%) Telecoms
3 8 (2.73%) Retail
4 6 (2.05%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.71%) Electronics
6 4 (1.37%) Automotive
6 4 (1.37%) Banking
7 3 (1.02%) Marketing
8 2 (0.68%) Advertising
8 2 (0.68%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 90 (30.72%) Developer
2 38 (12.97%) Architect
3 28 (9.56%) DevOps Engineer
4 27 (9.22%) Java Developer
5 24 (8.19%) Scala Developer
6 22 (7.51%) Analyst
7 18 (6.14%) Administrator
8 17 (5.80%) Linux Developer
9 16 (5.46%) PHP Developer
9 16 (5.46%) Solutions Architect
10 15 (5.12%) DBA
11 14 (4.78%) Consultant
11 14 (4.78%) Java Programmer
11 14 (4.78%) Java Scala Developer
11 14 (4.78%) MongoDB Developer
11 14 (4.78%) Programmer
12 13 (4.44%) Linux Engineer
13 12 (4.10%) Open Source Developer
14 11 (3.75%) Linux/Unix DevOps
14 11 (3.75%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (14.68%) CSS
2 32 (10.92%) Web Services
3 31 (10.58%) HTML
4 29 (9.90%) JSON
4 29 (9.90%) XML
5 22 (7.51%) Play Framework
6 19 (6.48%) Node.js
7 14 (4.78%) LAMP
8 13 (4.44%) Elastic Stack
8 13 (4.44%) HTML5
9 12 (4.10%) Spring
10 10 (3.41%) jQuery
10 10 (3.41%) REST
11 9 (3.07%) .NET
11 9 (3.07%) RESTful
11 9 (3.07%) SAML
11 9 (3.07%) SOAP
12 8 (2.73%) AngularJS
12 8 (2.73%) CSS3
12 8 (2.73%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.48%) Analytical Skills
1 19 (6.48%) Public Cloud
2 13 (4.44%) Data Centre
3 10 (3.41%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (2.39%) Computer Science
4 7 (2.39%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.39%) Replication
5 5 (1.71%) CLARiiON
5 5 (1.71%) Mobile App
5 5 (1.71%) Symmetrix DMX
6 4 (1.37%) PKI
6 4 (1.37%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (1.37%) User Experience
7 3 (1.02%) HP Storage
8 2 (0.68%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.68%) Credit Risk
8 2 (0.68%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (0.68%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.34%) Fintech
9 1 (0.34%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 104 (35.49%) Windows
2 91 (31.06%) Unix
3 36 (12.29%) CentOS
4 30 (10.24%) Windows Server
5 26 (8.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (6.83%) AIX
7 16 (5.46%) Mac OS X
8 15 (5.12%) Ubuntu
9 10 (3.41%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (2.73%) Apple iOS
11 6 (2.05%) HPUX
11 6 (2.05%) Solaris
11 6 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (1.71%) SUSE
12 5 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.68%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.34%) Debian
14 1 (0.34%) Fedora
14 1 (0.34%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.34%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (27.99%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (25.26%) DevOps
3 69 (23.55%) Configuration Management
4 55 (18.77%) Continuous Integration
5 54 (18.43%) Open Source
6 28 (9.56%) Migration
7 27 (9.22%) Microservices
8 25 (8.53%) Change Management
8 25 (8.53%) Scrum
9 20 (6.83%) Customer Requirements
9 20 (6.83%) Web Operations
10 18 (6.14%) Cybersecurity
11 16 (5.46%) ITIL
12 15 (5.12%) Continuous Delivery
12 15 (5.12%) Identity Access Management
12 15 (5.12%) Incident Management
13 14 (4.78%) Web Development
14 13 (4.44%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (4.44%) Responsive Web Design
14 13 (4.44%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 75 (25.60%) Python
2 65 (22.18%) Ruby
3 64 (21.84%) Java
4 46 (15.70%) PHP
5 40 (13.65%) SQL
6 37 (12.63%) Bash Shell
6 37 (12.63%) JavaScript
7 32 (10.92%) Scala
8 25 (8.53%) C#
9 15 (5.12%) Perl
10 12 (4.10%) PowerShell
11 11 (3.75%) Shell Script
12 8 (2.73%) COBOL
12 8 (2.73%) PL/SQL
13 7 (2.39%) Groovy
14 6 (2.05%) Haskell
15 5 (1.71%) ECMAScript
16 4 (1.37%) Korn
16 4 (1.37%) T-SQL
16 4 (1.37%) VB
Qualifications
1 44 (15.02%) Security Cleared
2 36 (12.29%) SC Cleared
3 17 (5.80%) Degree
4 8 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (2.39%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (2.39%) CCNA
6 6 (2.05%) CCSA
6 6 (2.05%) CEH
6 6 (2.05%) GCFA
6 6 (2.05%) GCIH
6 6 (2.05%) MCP
7 3 (1.02%) OCP
7 3 (1.02%) Oracle Certification
7 3 (1.02%) RHCE
8 2 (0.68%) CCNP
8 2 (0.68%) ISEB
9 1 (0.34%) CISSP
9 1 (0.34%) JNCIA
9 1 (0.34%) JNCIS
9 1 (0.34%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.83%) SLA
2 5 (1.71%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (1.71%) QA
3 3 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.34%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (19.45%) Docker
2 13 (4.44%) Active Directory
3 10 (3.41%) Virtual Machines
3 10 (3.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (2.39%) VMware ESX
5 5 (1.71%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.71%) SRDF
6 4 (1.37%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.68%) Firmware
7 2 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.68%) vSphere
7 2 (0.68%) XenServer
8 1 (0.34%) NFS
8 1 (0.34%) Samba
8 1 (0.34%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.34%) Tivoli Directory Server
8 1 (0.34%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.34%) XenApp
8 1 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 83 (28.33%) Puppet
2 64 (21.84%) Ansible
3 46 (15.70%) Opscode Chef
4 34 (11.60%) Terraform
5 21 (7.17%) Salt
6 19 (6.48%) Kibana
7 14 (4.78%) logstash
8 9 (3.07%) Oracle Identity Management
8 9 (3.07%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 8 (2.73%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
10 7 (2.39%) Netcool
11 6 (2.05%) Grafana
11 6 (2.05%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 5 (1.71%) Nagios
12 5 (1.71%) WSUS
13 4 (1.37%) BMC PATROL
13 4 (1.37%) Data Guard
14 3 (1.02%) HP Data Protector
14 3 (1.02%) Opsview
14 3 (1.02%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 50 (17.06%) Oracle
2 26 (8.87%) Red Hat
3 25 (8.53%) VMware
4 20 (6.83%) Rackspace
5 19 (6.48%) Microsoft
6 18 (6.14%) IBM
7 13 (4.44%) HP
8 12 (4.10%) Google
9 10 (3.41%) NetApp
10 9 (3.07%) Dell
10 9 (3.07%) EMC
11 8 (2.73%) Brocade
11 8 (2.73%) Cisco
12 7 (2.39%) Micro Focus
13 6 (2.05%) 3PAR
14 5 (1.71%) BMC
14 5 (1.71%) Splunk
15 4 (1.37%) CheckPoint
16 3 (1.02%) Adobe
16 3 (1.02%) webMethods