Boost your OSS skill set

Linux Format - - NEWSDESK - Clyde Seep­er­sad is gen­eral man­ager of train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at The Linux Foun­da­tion.

If you want a se­cure and re­ward­ing ca­reer, open source soft­ware is the field to be in ac­cord­ing to this year’s OpenSourceJob­sRe­port, an an­nual sur­vey of the in­dus­try con­ducted by The Linux Foun­da­tion and Dice. Not only did 89 per cent of hir­ing man­agers sur­veyed say that they have dif­fi­culty re­cruit­ing enough OS (open source) tal­ent, but 86 per cent of pro­fes­sion­als be­lieve that know­ing OS has ad­vanced their ca­reer.

Both hir­ing man­agers and OS pros agree that the top skill right now is cloud. Forty seven per cent of hir­ing man­agers are look­ing to hire pro­fes­sion­als with OS cloud ex­per­tise, and 69 per cent of pro­fes­sion­als be­lieve cloud skills will gain in im­por­tance in the next year. Big Data is also in de­mand, with 43 per cent of hir­ing man­agers seek­ing em­ploy­ees with this ex­per­tise, and 57 per cent of pros see­ing it grow­ing in im­por­tance. Soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, DevOps, se­cu­rity and con­tain­ers are sim­i­larly seen as key skills now and in the fu­ture.

The next ques­tion is how to go about ac­quir­ing these in-de­mand skills. Fifty per cent of hir­ing man­agers say they would be more likely to hire a cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional, and 76 per cent of pro­fes­sion­als with cer­ti­fi­ca­tions say they’ve helped their ca­reer. And the per­cent­age of hir­ing man­agers will­ing to pay for em­ploy­ees to get cer­ti­fied has jumped from 33 per cent in 2016 to 47 per cent this year. This is good news for ex­ist­ing pro­fes­sion­als who want to learn new skills, and also gives those look­ing to break into the in­dus­try a start­ing place to demon­strate their knowl­edge. Don’t be shy about ask­ing your com­pany to spon­sor your train­ing!

To learn more about what ben­e­fits of an open source ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als en­joy most, and what skills and ex­pe­ri­ence hir­ing man­agers are look­ing for, the 2017OpenSourceJob­sRe­port is avail­able for free down­load at http://bit. ly/2017OSS job­sre­port.

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