Linux Jobs Forecast Shows Pressing Need for Open Source Talent

Paul Lilly

The majority of hiring managers surveyed indicated plans to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.

Looking for a job in the IT industry? Give yourself an edge by learning Linux . The 2013 Linux Jobs Report , which was conducted by Dice Labs and forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals, shows that Linux talent is in high demand. It's being met by aggressive recruitment strategies. This, in turn, has led to salary growth for Linux talent at nearly double the industry norms.

Of the 850 hiring managers that were surveyed, 93 percent said they will hire a Linux professional in the next six months. That figure is up 89 percent from 2012. At the same time, 9 out of 10 hiring managers said that finding Linux talent is difficult, versus 8 out of 10 in 2012.

The Linux Jobs Report also includes survey results from 2,600 Linux professionals, of which 75 percent said they have received at least one call from a recruiter in the last six months. Recruiters are trying to entice job candidates with above average salaries and bonuses. What's more, the average Linux salary jumped 9 percent this year, compared to a 5 percent increase in tech salaries overall.

"The improvement in hiring intent from last year's sky high levels shows that Linux professionals are in a job market of their own. For Linux professionals, the trend is your friend -- make sure you are taking advantage of this market's career opportunities," said Alice Hill , Managing Director of Dice.com and President, Dice Labs.

Systems administrators are the most sought after Linux professionals, underscoring the growth of Linux in the enterprise to support cloud computing and big data.

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