Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Dice and the Linux Foundation have partnered on a survey that shows that there continues to be strong demand for Linux professionals. One intriguing find from the survey is the increase in the level of difficulty in finding Linux talent. We can concur with this finding. There has always been a shortage of Linux talent to some degree, but that appears to have increased as we slowly rebound from the downturn in the economy. I surmise this is due to two key factors. First, corporate adoption of open source software never waned during the downturn. In fact, it probably increased at a more rapid pace. Second, due to the immigration policies in this country, a number of qualified people have either left this country or have been unable to enter. These two factors have contributed to a major shortfall in the number of individuals with the needed skill set to fill these positions.