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Career Watch: Linux pros are in demand

By Jamie Eckle
March 25, 2013 06:00 AM ET

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Linux: It's Good to Be King

Linux professionals are in demand, with 75% of them saying they have been contacted by a recruiter in the past six months. That's one of the findings from a survey conducted by the Linux Foundation and tech career site If you need Linux talent, you'll have a hard time finding it, the survey found, and if you have it, you'll have a hard time holding on to it: Over a third of the responding Linux pros said they plan to switch employers within the next year. More often than not, they'll be looking for more money when they do so.

Top 3 Incentives Driving Linux Pros to New Jobs

  • More money: 74%
  • Better work/life balance: 61%
  • Flexible work schedule/telecommuting: 47%

It's worth noting, however, that in a separate survey, Randstad Technologies found that 33% of all tech workers will probably look for a new job over the next year.

Other results of the
Linux Foundation/Dice survey

  • 9%: Average increase in pay for tech workers with Linux experience from January 2012 to January 2013.
  • 93%: Percentage of employers who plan to hire at least one Linux professional within the next six months.
  • 90%: Percentage of employers who say it's difficult to find Linux professionals.

Source: A Linux Foundation/ January 2013 survey of more than 850 hiring managers at corporations, small and midsize businesses, government agencies and staffing firms, 79% of which are based in North America, and of more than 2,600 Linux professionals


Ask a Premier 100 IT Leader: Michael Capone

The CIO at ADP answers questions on managing vs. leading, and more.

How does a good manager become a leader? Managing and leading have virtually nothing to do with one another. Managing implies supervision and providing direction, both which are of course necessary activities in any organization. Leading is all about creating a vision that is so compelling that people will follow you even if you don't wield any formal authority. We assume that it's a natural progression for managers to become leaders, but this is often not the case. Many of the most extraordinary acts of leadership I have witnessed have come from people who had no management responsibility whatsoever.

I'm thinking about pursuing an MBA. What should I study? Finance. Strong financial skills are always valuable in business and are a great compliment to technical knowledge.

What major issues should IT departments plan to address in the coming year? Year after year, the answer to this question never changes for me. There is only one issue that IT departments should be addressing: Is IT able to make a material contribution to the advancement of your organization's business strategy? Confronting this issue may lead to some interesting decisions around analytics, the cloud and other areas.

If you have a question for one of our Premier 100 IT Leaders, send it to, and watch for this column each month.


Job Hunters Take Note

Résumés: Suspicious Minds

Here's a challenge for job seekers: You need to find a way to overcome a good deal of suspicion about your résumé's veracity.

This is what a recent survey found on this topic:

Responses of IT Leaders

  • I believe most IT résumés contain outright lies: 35%
  • I believe most IT résumés exaggerate experience: 77%

Responses of IT Professionals

  • I believe most IT résumés contain outright lies: 39%
  • I believe most IT résumés exaggerate experience: 63%

Source: TEKsystems survey of over 2,000 IT professionals and over 1,500 IT leaders, January 2013

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