February 20, 2013

A new survey has shown that recruiters are aggressively seeking Linux professionals to fill positions, with 93% of hiring managers saying they will hire a Linux pro in the next six months.

The study, conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, also revealed that salaries for Linux talent is growing at nearly double of other tech professionals, while more than a third of Linux pros are planning to switch employers in the year ahead.

Linux salaries jumped nine percent this year, far outpacing the five percent jump in tech salaries overall, which was the biggest jump in a decade.

An added reason to brush up on your Linux skills is that 90% of hiring managers are finding it tough to find Linux talent, and 75% of Linux professionals surveyed have received at least one call from a recruiter in the last six months.

The survey showed that systems administrators are the most sought-after Linux pros, according to hiring managers.

More than 850 hiring managers at corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies across the globe participated in the survey, as well as more than 2,600 Linux professionals worldwide.

Melanie Rodier has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for over 10 years, covering business and finance, general news, and film trade news. Prior to joining Wall Street & Technology in ...