Linux Foundation Says Businesses Have Already Started Demanding Cloud Skills

La Linux Foundation has released the new 2021 edition of its annual open source work report, which aims to educate both sides of the IT hiring process on current trends.

This new report accurately details many of its findings, stating that "the talent gap that existed before the pandemic has worsened due to accelerating adoption of cloud-native remote working that has become mainstream."

The 2021 edition of the "Open Source Jobs Report" was published in collaboration with edX, the leading provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In this survey of 200 technical hiring managers and 750 professionals open source, edX and the Linu Foundationx found that the demand for the best open source workers is greater than ever.

Additionally, 92% of managers struggle to find enough talent, and many of them also struggle to retain employees with open source experience.

The Linux Foundation surveyed study participants to find out what skills, and what CV points friendly with human resources, they are more in demand.

According to the report, college degree requirements tend to decline, but IT certification requirements and / or preferences tend to increase and for the first time, 'cloud native' skills (like Kubernetes administration) have more demand than traditional Linux skills.

The difficulty for companies is, as indicated by 92% of managers, find enough talent, but also retain talent existing in the face of fierce competition. This is especially true for skills in developing and operating "cloud-native" applications.

Cloud native tops the list of required skills, with over 46% of hiring managers looking for people with Kubernetes skills. And as noted above, this is the first time in the history of the survey that the Foundation has observed this trend.


"Open source talent is in high demand, encouraging more seasoned professionals to seek new opportunities while hiring managers fight for the most desirable candidates," said Jim Zemlin, CEO of the Linux Foundation.

"For talents seeking the best career paths, it is clear that native cloud computing, DevOps, Linux and security offer the most promising opportunities," he added. In fact, the survey also revealed that DevOps has become the standard method for software development.

Practically all open source professionals (88%) report that they use DevOps practices in their work, a 50% increase over three years ago. In other words, it's DevOps all the time.

According to the findings of this year's report, discrimination has become a bigger problem. About 18% of open source professionals today say they have been discriminated against or feel unwelcome in the community.

That's a 125% increase in the last three years. There is also a gap between what employers think they are doing when it comes to diversity and what employees see. Nearly all employers (98%) say they proactively encourage diversity in hiring, compared to 88% last year and 79% three years ago.

However, only 76% of employees believe their company is making an effort to recruit a more diverse workforce. But it's very telling that fewer companies are actively recruiting underrepresented people since last year's report. This drop means that while hiring managers congratulate themselves, fewer are actively looking for underrepresented people and encouraging them to apply.

Finally, the Foundation believes that since companies are desperately looking for free software talent, those who are unwilling to hire the best talent, regardless of race, religion, location, sexual orientation, etc.


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