The Linux Foundation and Dice an online job search website have published a survey on open source recruitment. The result illustrates that compared to other types of IT workers, 67% of managers prefer to hire technicians with expertise in open source technology.
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So, which open source technologies are the most demanding?
Cloud and Virtualization
When asked what open source skills are most needed today, 70% of hiring managers emphasis the importance of cloud computing technologies such as OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. In 2016, 66% of hiring executives make the same statement. Therefore, it’s obvious that the demand for cloud computing technology is growing increasingly. At the same time, 62% of employers also point out that “cloud” has become the most conclusive technology when they decide to hire people.
IT professionals regard cloud computing as one of the most sought-after technologies, with 47% of respondents saying it is very vital and 69% of professionals saying they hope cloud technology will become more important next year.
The Robert Half salary guide lists only one cloud-related position. It shows that cloud computing analysts have a median income of $92,500, while the 95th percentile (top 5%) is $156,250.
In the Linux Foundation survey, 59% of executives deem application development as one of the most popular open source skills. IT professionals also speak highly of app development, with 44% saying it is one of the most competitive skills. In addition, 77% of IT professionals think that the ability to build solutions based on open source technologies is one of the most valuable skills in their work.
The Robert Half report also listed it as the most sought-after technology among developers in 2018. US software developers' compensation ranges from $97,000 in the 25th percentile to $163,000 in the 95th, with a median of $115,000.
Open Source Development Tools
Not only do developers need to know how to incorporate open source code into their applications, but also, they need to understand open source development tools that are becoming increasingly popular. In the Linux Foundation survey, 66% of IT professionals listed "experience in the use of open source development tools" as one of the most valuable skills in their work. In addition, 65% of respondents said that “knowledge about new development tools” is very ponderable.
According to a survey of the Linux Foundation, managers consider DevOps skills as the third most popular skill in the list. 57% of them said that DevOps skills are highly desirable. In addition, 60% said that DevOps engineers are the most common vacancies they need to fill and become the second most common requirement after “developers”. Open source professionals putted DevOps as the fourth most important skill list for them, with 42% of respondents making this choice.
Open Source Big Data Tools
The importance of big data keeps growing in a sustainable speed. In the Linux Foundation survey, 57% of recruiting executives chose to use big data as one of the most important areas of expertise in hiring decisions. In addition, 42% of open source professionals state that big data is one of the most competitive skills areas, ranking third after cloud and application development. They believe that the trend of big data is not shown for people. 57% means that big data and analytics skills will be more important in the coming year. It's worth noting that as part of the Hadoop ecosystem, the leading big data tools are also open source.
Open Source Security Technology
The media has been reporting lots of news about large data breaches, but security is still a hot area for IT recruitment. Talents who combine open source technology with security knowledge are especially competitive. The Linux Foundation survey found that 46% of hiring executives are looking for security talent. 42% of open source professionals consider security is going to be one of the most sought-after skills (like DevOps). In addition, 55% of IT professionals believe that security will become even more significant in the coming years.
According to the Robert Half report, the median administrator's median salary is $115,000 and the data security analyst's salary is about $121,000.
Open Source Web Technology
67% of the interviewed executives told the Linux Foundation that they are looking for talent with Web skills, which is the second most popular technology after cloud computing. Lots of the leading Web technologies, including Web servers, Web development tools, and the Web language, are open source, which implies that open source technology is a must for Web professionals.
A survey by the Linux Foundation found that the demand for Linux talent is still very large. 65% of the hiring executives interviewed said they are looking for talent in Linux. The report also stated that the average salary of Linux talent is higher than that of all IT staff.
The Robert Half report also supports the findings of the Linux Foundation. Reports show that in terms of applications, web development, networking, security and technical support/help, the salary of professionals with Linux skills may increase by 5% to 10%.
With the rise of Docker, container technology has also become a hot flied of open source technology. The IT professionals interviewed believe that container technology will become even more important in the coming year. 56% of them chose to use container technology as an open source skill in learning.