Firms Looking to Hire Linux Talent Have Tough Job

By Michael Vizard

More often than not, solution providers in the channel can gain the most insight into where organizations need significant help by discovering what type of IT talent they are trying to hire. A new report from the Linux Foundation and Dice, a provider of online job recruiting services, finds that demand for Linux expertise is nothing short of massive with 97 percent of hiring managers looking for Linux expertise. But, perhaps, from a solution provider's perspective, a key finding is that 88 percent of those hiring managers report that it will be difficult to find that talent. Of course, solution providers have to compete to hire that talent as well. However, in addition to competitive salaries, solution providers generally have multiple IT projects that are likely to be more appealing in terms of the challenge and experience they provide than anything that can be found in a single individual IT department. The report is based on results from a survey of 1,010 hiring managers and 3,446 Linux professionals. Channel Insider examines key findings.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-13
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.