The report, which surveyed tech hiring
managers, found that nearly two-thirds were planning to increase open-source
hiring more than other areas of their business in the near future, and that 59
percent had definite plans to add open-source workers.
news was also good for open-source workers who are already employed. Four out
of five hiring managers who responded to the survey said that they had
increased incentives to retain open-source employees; 44 percent had hiked
salaries to this end, while 43 percent had offered more flexible working
conditions like telecommuting.
Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said that the trends are
strong for open-source workers.
"It's a seller's
market and it's only going to get more beneficial for open-source
professionals," he said in a statement. "As more and more open source
projects are developed, open source professionals will need to update their
skill sets with knowledge and experience including DevOps and networking."
of the most in-demand subsets of open-source knowledge is OpenStack and the
cloud, with 51 percent of respondents saying that cloud expertise is the most
critical consideration in open-source hiring. Networking technology was the
second most important, according to the survey, at 21 percent.
idea that the technology jobs market is tilted sharply in favor of applicants
is underlined by another report, this one from the CIO Executive Council --
just 11 percent of 133 IT executives surveyed by the CEC said that they had a
"robust" pool of potential workers to choose from.