Demand for Linux Developers on the Rise
Demand for Linux developers on the rise
Even as the unemployment rate grows, job boards and Linux Foundation members tell us that demand for Linux-knowledgeable developers is on the rise. For example, freelance marketplace Odesk reported that the number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increased more than 1400 percent since 2006.
Frankly, it's not surprising to see an increase in Linux-related work. History has shown that the most pivotal growth point for Linux to date was during the 2001-2002 economic downturn. A similar pivotal growth point for Linux is taking place today.
Linux provides better value than Windows-and in tough times, this difference makes all the difference. You also see companies consolidating on platforms and technologies when times are tighter. We'll likely see both Linux and Windows emerge from this recession stronger than other operating systems.
But Linux vendors and users across the globe are saying that Linux and open-source talent is not as abundant as they would have thought. We're at a tipping point, where the demand for talent is outpacing the supply. At the same time, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of developers and operations pros looking for new opportunities.