Open Source Skills in Demand, According to Recent Jobs Reports

Recent reports from Linux Foundation and Robert Half show a surge in demand for open source technology skills.

The 2020 Jobs Report published by the Linux Foundation says:

  • 37% of hiring managers say they will be hiring skilled IT professionals in the next six months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 93% of hiring managers report difficulty finding sufficient talent with open source skills.
  • 65% of companies surveyed are looking to hire DevOps talent, up from 59% in 2018. 
  • 70% of companies are looking for hires with cloud expertise.

The Robert Half Salary Guide 2021 details a long list of sought-after technology skills. As CRN’s Donna Goodison reports, “in-demand IT skills and expertise include Agile and Scrum, Angular, ASP.NET, C#, cloud computing (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud), containerization (Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm), Golang, ITIL, Java, JavaScript, Kotlin, Linux, PHP, Python, ReactJS and React Native, Ruby on Rails, SQL, virtualization and virtual, augmented, mixed and cross reality.”

The Linux Foundation report also indicates companies are willing to assist existing employees in acquiring or advancing their skills, saying: 

  • 80% of employers now provide online training courses for employees to learn open source software. 
  • 74% of employers are willing to pay for employees’ certification.