Seventy seven percent of hiring managers have “hiring Linux talent” on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago. More than nine in ten hiring managers plan to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.
When asked why they sought out a Linux career, only 17 percent ranked money and perks highest. Instead, 51 percent cited their passion for Linux, and 64 percent wanted to work with Linux because of its pervasiveness in modern technology infrastructure.
More than 1,100 hiring managers at corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies across the globe—as well as more than 4,000 Linux professionals worldwide – took the survey.
Twenty percent of Linux pros surveyed said they received incentives such as higher pay, a more flexible work schedule or additional training as part of a counteroffer from their employer after they tested the job market.
Professionals with Linux skills enjoyed a 5% salary increase over the past year compared with a 2.6% increase for technology professionals on average. They also received an average bonus of $10,336, up 12 percent. (iStockphotos)
Hiring managers are increasing the number of Linux professionals they are searching for. Forty six percent of hiring managers are beefing up their plans for recruiting Linux talent over the next six months, a three-point increase over last year. (iStock)
Employers are more acutely focused on finding Linux talent now that they are more confident in the outlook for their companies. Half of the respondents said their plans reflected company growth and a resulting need for more Linux talent and experience.
The areas of expertise that hiring managers are most aggressively seeking include systems administration (58 percent), Linux application development (45 percent) and systems architecture/engineering (45 percent).