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The 2018 Open Source Jobs Report

The Linux Foundation and Dice partnered on the 2018 Open Source Jobs Report, revealing skills demand and the latest trends for open source careers.

The 2018 Open Source Jobs Report

Hiring Open Source Talent

  • Hiring open source talent is a priority for 83% of hiring managers, an increase from 76% in 2017
  • 87% of hiring managers experience difficulties in recruiting enough open source talent
  • Hiring managers cited cloud (66%) as the technology most affecting their hiring decisions, followed by containers (57%), security (49%), and networking (47%)
  • 87% of open source professionals say knowing open source has advanced their careers
  • 57% of hiring managers reported that their organization contributes to open source projects, up from 50% in 2017

Skills Demand

  • Developers are the most sought-after position, with 72% of hiring managers looking for them, followed by DevOps skills (sought by 59%), engineers (57%) and sysadmins (49%)
  • The number of hiring managers seeking Linux talent (80%) rebounded from a dip in 2017 (65%), to reclaim the top category for 2018
  • Open source pros rank DevOps skills as most in demand at 46%, followed by cloud (44%), application development (41%), systems administration (40%), and big data (39%)
  • Cloud technology experts are the second most in demand at 64%, followed by security and web technologies, both at 49%, followed by networking (46%) and containers (44%)
  • Cloud virtualization is the most sought after open source skill (66%), followed by containers (57%), security (49%), networking (47%), and cloud native computing (39%)

Certifications and Training

  • 42% of employers report they have trained existing workers on new open source technologies to meet new needs in 2018 as opposed to only 30% in 2017
  • The average certification now represents a 7.6% premium on an IT pro’s base salary, according to Foote Partners
  • Open source professionals cited the lack of training opportunities as their primary challenge (49%) but also pointed to a lack of documentation for open source projects (41%) and difficulties in obtaining management buy-in for open source (34%)
  • Respondents who listed developer as their primary role stated that providing opportunities to attend conferences and events (68%) is the top way employers can make developers more successful, as well as allocating paid work time to contribute to open source projects (62%) and providing professional training opportunities (also 62%)
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