1Linux Projects Driving Demand for IT Pros With Open Source Skills
As demand for their skills surges, open source professionals said it would be “easy” for them to find a new, potentially better job, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting “2018 Open Source Jobs Report” reveals that this message isn’t lost on their employers, who are investing in open source training and certification as an incentive to retain current staffers. However, to build a strong—and stable—open source workforce, they’ll also need to boost salary packages and opportunities for “exciting” work assignments. More than 6,500, IT managers, administrators, developers and other tech professionals who work on open source systems along with 750 hiring managers took part in the research. The following slideshow presents survey highlights, with charts provided courtesy of the Linux Foundation and Dice.
2Open Source Viewed as Career Booster
3Compensation Greatly Influences Employee Loyalty
Three of ten open source pros said getting a higher salary would keep them from moving on to another job. Nearly one in five said they’d be likelier to stay with their employer if they had more opportunities to work on new and exciting projects. They’d also appreciate more work-life balance (as cited by 14 percent) and flex work/telecommuting options (10 percent).
4Hiring Landscape Remains Competitive
5Linux Tops Open Source Demand-Drivers
6Cloud Tech Weighs Heavily upon Hiring Strategies
7Certifications Offered as Retention Tool
8Open Source Pros Seek More Training
9Management Pushback Creates Barriers
The failure to gain managerial buy-in for open source technology represents another major challenge, as cited by 34 percent of open source pros. Others included departmental silos (as cited by 27 percent), and a lack of needed hardware (22 percent) as well as software (16 percent).