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Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:50

2015 Linux Jobs Report: Linux Professionals in High Demand

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The rise of platforms such as OpenStack is driving a market for professionals with certified Linux expertise


Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, and managers are looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects.

The latest figures from the current 2015 Linux Jobs Report shows nearly all hiring managers surveyed are looking to recruit Linux professionals in the next six month and hiring the right talent to support all the growth continues to be a priority amongst employers. Ninety-seven percent of hiring managers reported they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.

Most of the increase demand from recruiters is coming from the rise of open cloud such as OpenStack. Forty-two percent of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23% report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19% are looking for Linux talent with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) skills.

But will companies actually be able to fill their Linux-based positions? According to the survey, it won’t be easy. Hiring managers are still struggling to find professionals with Linux skills, with 88% reporting that it’s “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to find these candidates.  And when they do find Linux pros with the right stuff, they’ll do everything they can to keep them happy. The majority of hiring managers (70%) say their companies have increased incentives to retain Linux talent, with 37% offering more flexible work hours and telecommuting, and 36% increasing salaries for Linux pros more than in other parts of the company.

However the hirers aren’t just looking for any Linux experience they’re looking particularly for expertise that can be backed up with a professional qualification. With 44% of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification, and 54% expecting either certification or formal training of their SysAdmin candidates.

”Demand for Linux talent continues apace, and it’s becoming more important for employers to be able to verify candidates have the skillsets they need,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation. “Formal training and certifications are a key way of identifying qualified talent, and as more people join the Linux community, it will be increasingly necessary for professionals to show they stand out in the crowd.” 

The once yearly survey is based on responses from businesses worldwide, however the majority of those sampled were from Europe, and it seems that in Europe we view Linux differently. Europeans are more passionate about Linux than their global counterparts, with 86% of Linux Professionals in Europe stating this passion as the primary motivator for choosing a Linux career, as opposed to 75%. Additionally Europeans are more enthusiastic about contributing to open source projects, with 54% planning to do so in 2015, compared to 45% globally.

 “Competition for Linux talent is accelerating, as the software becomes more ubiquitous,” said Shravan Goli, President of Dice the sponsor of the report. “Hiring managers need to ensure they are offering the right set of incentives to attract talent, while professionals need to provide evidence of their knowledge and skills, especially in areas of growing demand such as the cloud.”

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