Open Source Talent Shortage Persists

The need for open source skills persists, with 50 percent of employers surveyed expecting to increase hires this year, according to the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation and edX.

However, 92 percent of managers report difficulty finding skilled talent, while also struggling to retain existing talent in the face of fierce competition. 

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Rapid adoption of open source software is widening the skills gap in the market.
  • Cloud-native application development and operations skills top the list of in-demand skills, surpassing Linux skills for the first time in the report’s existence.
  • Managers are prioritizing hires of certified talent, with many managers willing to pay for employees to obtain certifications.

“With talent shortages around the globe, training existing staff has become even more important to meet the needs of migrations to the cloud and leverage open source technologies tied to those migrations,” the Linux Foundation states.

We’ll take a closer look at the survey findings in a future article.