Top 15 In-demand IT Skills in Today's Market
If you're finding that the tech skills you're able to put on your resume aren't impressing anyone enough to get your foot in the door of a hiring manager, you might want to consider immersing yourself in Linux. According to a newly released report, workers with Linux skills will be especially highly prized in 2012.
A survey of over 2,300 hiring managers worldwide, conducted in December by the technology careers site Dice and the Linux Foundation, found that demand for workers with Linux skills is significantly outstripping supply. Here are some of the key findings:
- Eight in 10 (81 percent) survey respondents say that hiring Linux talent is a priority in 2012. This is particularly evident when Linux demand is compared to hiring in other skill sets: 63 percent of hiring managers are increasing Linux hires relative to jobs created in other skill areas. A full 85 percent say finding Linux talent is somewhat to very difficult.
- Companies are making significant investments to attract and retain Linux talent. Linux professionals garner more full-time positions and better salaries, bonuses and perks. While the pay increase for tech professionals averaged just 2 percent in 2011, Linux professionals have seen a 5 percent increase in salaries year-over-year and a 15 percent jump in bonus payouts.
- Employers are seeking mostly Linux developers - 67 percent - and systems administrators - 55 percent - with varying levels of experience. Mid-level professionals appear to be the most highly sought: 75 percent of respondents say they're looking for Linux talent with three to five years of experience.
Here's what the respondents said has changed in their organizations that is driving hiring of Linux professionals in 2012, compared to 2011:
- Company is growing, creating need for additional Linux-focused team members (49 percent)
- Increasing use of Linux in our company and need in-house support (48 percent)
- Linux has become core to our business and we need to increase our participation in the Linux community (30 percent)
- Replacing systems with Linux and need Linux expertise to assist with migrations (27 percent)
- Difficulty in retaining Linux-related talent is creating openings that we need to backfill (13 percent)
- I don't know (7 percent)
- Other (5 percent)
Here are some of the perks companies are offering to retain Linux talent:
- Flexible work schedules (37 percent)
- Additional training and certifications (30 percent)
- Salary increases above company norm (28 percent)
- Making Linux talent bonus-eligible (18 percent)
- Additional stock options (8 percent)
- All of the above (6 percent)