2012 Linux Jobs Report

It is well accepted that the IT job market is a bright spot in otherwise uneven economies. In the United States, the unemployment rate for tech professionals is 3.8 percent, a vast improvement from 5.3 percent just 12 months ago and far better than the 8.3 percent national unemployment rate.1 With strong evidence of job creation tied to increased adoption and use of Linux, Dice and The Linux Foundation teamed up to better understand the global 2012 hiring outlook for Linux professionals.

So just how big is the demand for Linux talent? And what does it tell us about the career outlook for Linux developers, system administrators, and other open source professionals? The findings of the joint survey tell a conclusive story: Companies everywhere need trained Linux professionals, and they need them now.

The comprehensive survey includes responses from more than 2,000 hiring managers at corporations, Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies from across the globe. The combination of Dice’s network of tech-focused hiring managers and The Linux Foundation’s access to Linux-specific employers has surfaced an insightful report on Linux job trends.

Key findings from the 2012 Linux Jobs Survey and Report include:

• Demand for Linux talent is on the rise, but finding those professionals is difficult. Eight in 10 (81%) survey respondents say that hiring Linux talent is a priority in 2012. This pressing matter is particularly evident when Linux demand is compared to hiring in other skill sets: 63 percent of hiring managers are increasing Linux hires relative to jobs created in other skill areas. The issue? A full 85 percent say finding Linux talent is somewhat to very difficult, making Linux professionals some of the most sought talent in 2012.

• Companies are making significant investments to attract and retain Linux talent. Linux professionals garner more full-time positions and better salaries, bonuses and perks. While the pay increase for tech professionals averaged just two percent in 2011, Linux professionals have seen a five percent increase in salaries year-over-year and a 15 percent jump in bonus payouts2. Flexible work schedules (37%) additional training and certification programs (30%) and salary increases above the company norm (28%) are among the perks Linux gurus can expect.

• Mid-level Linux developers and system administrators are the most in-demand. Employers are seeking mostly Linux developers – 67 percent – and systems administrators – 55 percent – with varying levels of experience; though, mid-level professionals appear to be the most highly sought: 75 percent of respondents say they’re looking for Linux talent with three to five years of experience.

For the full report: 2012 Linux Jobs Report