The open source jobs are out there


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Technology unemployment reached 2.1% in May. It was a slight drop from April, but with 623,627 tech job openings, it’s still a 52% year-over-year increase. As good as it is, The Linux Foundation and the trusted learning platform edX’s 10th Annual Open Source Jobs Report have found that for open source savvy job seekers, the market is even better than that.

But how much better? According to MarketandMarket analysis, “the global market size for open source services is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% […] to reach $ 50.0 billion in 2026 from $ 21.7 billion in 2021. ”

What does this mean for open source job seekers? The report showed that 73% of professionals reported that finding a new job would be easy. On the flip side, 93% of employers struggle to find talented talent.

So far, most open source professionals, 63%, have reported that they had not changed jobs in the past year. Of course, this also means that one in three left their jobs. This made employers desperately try to keep skilled staff. This may not be Great Resignation, but it still makes life miserable for human resources.

“Every business has struggled to recruit and retain talent over the past year, and the open source industry has been no different,” said Linux Foundation CEO Jim Zemlin. “Organizations that want to ensure they have the talent to meet their business goals must not only differentiate themselves to attract that talent, but also look at ways to close the skills gap by developing new and existing talent.”

“There’s a huge supply and demand gap,” said Clyde Seepersad, Linux Foundation Senior Vice President & General Manager, Training & Certification. But job losses could have been even worse. Seepersad said employers have been more proactive. It has prevented some as part of the turnover that might otherwise have happened. ”

What keeps people from jumping on the bandwagon is offering them “remote work.” relative to their cost of living and it affects their real earnings, “Seepersad said.

Higher wages have also become very important. “Salary has also been a factor, but it can be number three, number four,” Seepersad said. But, “It’s clearly number one now.”

To be precise, the report found that compensation has become the biggest differentiating factor: Two out of three open source professionals said a higher salary would deter them from leaving a job. At the same time, as flexitime and telework become standard, financial incentives are more important than ever. Note that flextime and work from home are now becoming the norm. Without them, do not expect to retain the best open source talent.

Be aware of that; Qualified open source talent is getting harder to find than ever: The vast majority of employers, 93%, report that it is difficult to find the right people with the right skills.

This trend does not disappear. Nearly half, 46%, of employers plan to increase their open source employment over the next six months.

Another way to hold on to people is to train those you already have. Seepersad said earlier: “Company hiring managers would just outright tell you that we are not really investing in education because it will just encourage people to go out there and find another job. […] That mindset has really changed. “It’s because,” if you do not try to encourage and develop growth, employees will go somewhere else. Yes, pay has become more important. But if you invest in their career, in the relationship, you can create loyalty with your workforce. “

A related issue to this is that certifications are more important than ever. As many as 90% of employers say they will pay for employees to obtain certifications, and 81% of professionals plan to add certifications. 69% of employers are more likely to hire an open source professional with a certification.

As a side effect, past experience becomes less important with talent shortages. If you have a certification that shows you have the right skills, it’s easier now to get a job.

What skills? Looking ahead, it’s about clouds and containers. 69% of employers are looking for people who know their way around clouds, Docker and Kubernetes. Pure Linux skills also remain in high demand with 61% of hiring managers. This is no surprise as Linux is under the cloud and in the containers.

And I’m sure it’s not going to come as a shock either that security concerns are rising: Cybersecurity skills have the fourth biggest impact on hiring decisions, reported by 40% of employers, only after cloud, Linux and DevOps.

DevOps is also becoming increasingly important. Seepersad noted: “There used to be these clear walls between the developer team and the implementation team. These just crumble under the weight of the new expectations.”

Safety training is also becoming very important. They are simply nothing like enough security wise. there. The employees know that. 77% of already employed open source professionals say they would benefit from additional safety training. They are right. They would.

If you had to choose a skill to focus on in order to enter the open source job market, Seepersad has an interesting choice: Git, the distributed version control system.

Why? For now, everyone uses Git. “The goal is not necessarily to say you made 1000 accepted moves from a Git repository,” Seepersad said. “It’s getting used to this work to get yourself into the dynamic by often working together on code. And everyone is a developer now. It used to be that people who were more on the security side of engineering implementation would hesitate. to take a closer look at the code because the idea was in the area of ​​developers.And the same was the case with developers, just in terms of things like scalability.But it is divided with DevOps and now everyone is collectively responsible for the code.As you learn what code is, and how it is managed, opportunities arise to contribute to it. And thus you can get yourself a really good place. “

And with every little step you will be a giant leap closer to having a great open source career.

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