This year's survey of more
than 280 hiring managers and more than 1,800 open source professionals around
the globe uncovered a growing need for open source talent in the already highly
Almost 90 percent of hiring
managers reported difficulties acquiring qualified talent for open source jobs.
They expected to hire more professionals for open source positions than for
other roles in the next six months.
The availability of open
source talent also is set to increase in the next six months.
The most commonly filled
open source positions, based on the survey, were developer, DevOps engineer and
systems administrator. Open source cloud, application development, big data,
DevOps and security were the most in-demand skills.
There is an expanding career
path for open source professionals, the report found.
"As open source has
become the building blocks of all technology development, staying knowledgeable
and connected and current on the latest skills will lead to lucrative
careers," McFerran said.
However, the gap between job
openings and qualified job-takers is widening as companies strive to cut time
to market with innovative products and gain greater efficiency in operations
using open source.
- Sixty-seven percent of managers said the
hiring of open source professionals would increase more than other areas of
their company's business in the next six months.
- Sixty percent said their companies were
looking for full-time hires, compared with 53 percent last year.
- Forty-seven percent said their companies were
willing to pay for employees to become open source certified.
The most common positions
employers were seeking to fill: developer (73 percent); DevOps engineer (60
percent); and systems administrator (53 percent).
The open source skills most
in demand: cloud (47 percent); application development (44 percent); big data
(43 percent); DevOps (42 percent); and security (42 percent).
The future looks bright for
many open source job seekers, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
The combination of strong demand for a range of positions with skills shortages
is likely to drive up wages and enhance benefits packages.
workers [skilled in] higher-level areas like app development, DevOps, cloud and
big data are in higher demand," King told LinuxInsider, "but
acquiring those skill sets is within the capabilities of many IT
Industries are seeing an
upswelling of open source software. Accompanying that trend is the realization
among corporations that open source actually is cheaper, faster and of higher
quality, noted Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training and certification
for The Linux Foundation.
The challenge is that when
you move to the open source model, you do not find the traditional on-ramps
that are available when you deal with a major proprietary software company
behind it, he told LinuxInsider.
Still, "it does not
mean that we can't build a product for sale using it," said Seepersad.
Open source has become a
significant force in the data center, displacing or supplanting many
longstanding enterprise operating environments, said Pund-IT's King. In other
words, the Linux revolution is over, and open source won.
"That said, given the
speed at which IT and customers change, many job prep schools and groups end up
trying to catch up with emerging trends," he said.
That gap in skills training
impacts a company's in-house IT skills pool as well, noted The Linux
Foundation's Seepersad. Open source is developing at such a fast clip that it's
not easy to get up to speed.
"It is harder to catch
up if you have to do everything yourself. It is not impossible if everybody
follows a well-structured program to bring you into the ecosystem. That is
where the gap is," Seepersad said.
Employers are seeing that
they have to invest in training their staff without fearing that their
employees will use the open source training to get a job elsewhere, he
It will be essential that
job preparation programs and skills assessments and certifications stay up to
date on the newest projects and programming languages.
That means putting the
knowledge into the hands of tech pros to help them navigate the changing
is moving faster than ever before, and so must employers and candidates to keep
up," McFerran said. "The quickest remedy to the shortage of skilled
open source workers is continuing to broaden the pool of candidates across
genders, geographies and industries."
Toward that end, said
Executive Director Jim Zemlin, The Linux Foundation will continue its efforts
to make quality training and certification accessible to individuals all over
the world who want to contribute to the open source community and pursue