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Report: Linux job openings on the rise

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The demand for Linux skills is on the rise, but finding talent is difficult.

This was the conclusion of the 2012 Linux Jobs Report released yesterday, which surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers. The survey was conducted by IT job specialist Dice together with The Linux Foundation. The latter is a non-profit foundation set up to promote, protect and advance Linux.

While no specific reason was given for the uptake in demand, it is likely driven by the increased use of Linux and open-source software across the industry. For example, many hardware appliances used in SMBs and enterprises, such as network-attached storage and even some network equipment, run on Linux. The popular Apache web server is also used predominantly with the Linux operating system, as are the popular scripting language PHP and database management systems such as MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Eighty-one percent of survey respondents said hiring Linux talent is a priority in 2012, while a full 85 percent said finding Linux talent is "somewhat to very difficult." The result, says Dice, is that Linux professionals get higher salaries and better bonuses. In particular, mid-level Linux developers and system administrators with three to five years of experience are the most in-demand.

With 11,000 jobs on Dice that require Linux experience to some extent--an increase of 17 percent from the previous year--Alice Hill, managing director of Dice, summed up the situation this way: "The best Linux candidates have options."

The 2012 Linux Jobs Report is available for download here (.pdf).

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