Too Few Candidates to Fill Growing Number of Open Source Jobs

Too Few Candidates to Fill Growing Number of Open Source Jobs

By Jack M. Germain

Aug 30, 2017 12:12 PM PT


Open source hiring has been hampered by a lack of trained job-takers, according to The Linux Foundation, which released its sixth annual summary of career opportunities in open source last week. The
report provides an overview of open source career trends, along with factors that motivate industry professionals, and methods employers use to attract and retain qualified talent.

The 2017 report, developed in cooperation with
Dice, follows the research approach taken in last year’s report, with a focus on all aspects of open source software. The four previous reports focused more specifically on Linux professionals.

This year’s survey of more than 280 hiring managers and more than 1,800 open source professionals around the globe uncovered a growing need for open source talent in the already highly competitive market.

Almost 90 percent of hiring managers reported difficulties acquiring qualified talent for open source jobs. They expected to hire more professionals for open source positions than for other roles in the next six months.

The availability of open source talent also is set to increase in the next six months.

The most commonly filled open source positions, based on the survey, were developer, DevOps engineer and systems administrator. Open source cloud, application development, big data, DevOps and security were the most in-demand skills.

“Talent drives innovation. If we can not equip enough candidates with the knowledge and skills required for the newest jobs, technology development could stall,” warned George McFerran, executive vice president of product and marketing at Dice.

“Technology is the underpinning of modern-day society, so this is something we can not accept,” he told LinuxInsider.

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