The Linux Foundation released its 2021 Open Source Jobs Report this month, which goals to tell either side of the IT hiring course of about present tendencies. The report precisely foreshadows a lot of its conclusions within the first paragraph, saying: “The talent gap that existed before the pandemic has worsened due to an acceleration of cloud-native adoption as remote work has gone mainstream.” In different phrases: job-shopping Kubernetes and AWS consultants are in luck.
The Foundation surveyed roughly 200 hiring managers and 750 open supply professionals to seek out out which expertise—and HR-friendly resume bullet factors—are within the biggest demand. According to the report, college-degree necessities are trending down, however IT-certification necessities and/or preferences are trending up—and for the primary time, “cloud-native” expertise (reminiscent of Kubernetes administration) are in increased demand than conventional Linux expertise.
The hiring precedence shift from conventional Linux to “cloud-native” talent units implies that it is turning into extra attainable to dwell and breathe containers with out essentially understanding what’s inside them—however you’ll be able to’t have Kubernetes, Docker, or comparable computing stacks with out a conventional working system beneath them. In concept, any conventional working system may develop into the muse of a cloud-native stack—however in observe, Linux is overwhelmingly what clouds are product of.
Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation’s government director, stated, “It is evident that cloud-native computing, DevOps, Linux, and security hold the most promising opportunities.” DevOps itself—the mixing of system administration and software program growth right into a merged position—has develop into the norm, somewhat than the exception. The survey discovered that 88 % of all open supply professionals use DevOps rules now, up from 44 % solely three years in the past.
Although the insights within the Open Source Jobs Report are intriguing, it is price remembering that the Linux Foundation is hardly a disinterested occasion—the laser deal with open supply expertise and certifications it highlights aren’t actually surprising findings from a company that, itself, is devoted to open supply and affords a number of skilled certifications.
The full report is accessible on the Linux Foundation and could also be freely downloaded with no registration required.