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Linux Engineers: Shortage & in Demand

Linux engineers are certainly in demand. And that demand seems to be growing over the past several years. Wanted Analytics brings us the data:


A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle covered the difficulty of filling high-tech jobs, particularly in the Silicon Valley. They mentioned cloud computing and software engineering as 2 of the skill sets that often just go unfilled. We recently reported on hiring demand for cloud computing, so we thought we would look at one of the specific job titles mentioned – Linux Engineers – to see what skills are being required of candidates, how hard to fill the jobs are, and ways Recruiters may be able to source talent easier.


During February, more than 250 job ads were posted online that included Linux engineering in the job description. This represents a 25% increase in hiring compared to the same time period in 2011. Interestingly, the Silicon Valley didn’t leading the US in hiring demand for these jobs during February. Recruiters in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington (DC) placed the most job ads for this talent in February. San Jose came in 6th and San Francisco was 8th highest in demand.


Hiring Demand for Linux Engineering Skills – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Linux Engineers 

Source: WANTED Analytics


The 15 most common skills required of Linux Engineers are listed below. Are you recruiting for the most current, common skill sets? Or are there other that you require?


  1. Linux
  2. Unix
  3. Red Hat Linux
  4. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl)
  5. Python
  6. Solaris
  7. Apache
  8. Kernel
  9. MySQL
  10. Storage Area Network (SAN)
  11. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  12. Java
  13. Patch management
  14. Samba
  15. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

The article also mentioned that some Recruiters saw their competition’s salaries increase 20% over a 4-month period. Our salary range shows that the national average salary for this job ranges from $75,000 to $90,000. In Chicago, where demand has been high, salaries tend to range slightly higher from about $85,000 to $97,000. It is common for employers in cities with high demand to also advertise higher salaries to attract talent. The Silicon Valley average advertised salary range is even higher. On average, job ads list a salary ranging from $90,000 to $104,000 in San Francisco and San Jose.


Our Hiring Scale™ confirms with this article that recruiting for Linux Engineer jobs is likely to be difficult and Recruiters in San Francisco area of the Silicon Valley are experiencing some of the most difficulties. Even though they have not necessarily placed the most job ads, they do have a smaller talent pool which is leading to difficulties in recruiting enough candidates to fill job openings.


Hiring Scale for Linux Engineers in San Francisco, CA


Hiring Scale for Linux Engineers in San Francisco 

Source: WANTED Analytics


Our Hiring Scale also shows us that some of the easiest places in the US to recruit this talent are Los Angeles, Seattle, Columbus, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. In these locations, the supply of potential candidates is larger than the demand by employers for these skills. Recruiters that are experiencing challenges with filling Linus Engineer jobs, should consider targeting their job ads in these locations since you are likely to source more candidates and fill jobs faster.


Best Markets to Advertise Linux Engineer Job Ads


3 Best Markets to Recruit Linux Engineers
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