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Linux Skills Are Hot in an Improving IT Hiring Front

PC World (01/24/11) Katherine Noyes

The hiring environment for information technology (IT) professionals last year was the best it’s been since 2000, according to a recent Challenger, Gray & Christmas report, indicating that the technology industry has been more resilient than most during the weak economy. “These firms are definitely on the leading edge of the recovery, as companies across the country and around the globe begin to upgrade and reinvest in their technology,” says Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John A. Challenger. The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has played a large part in keeping the tech industry thriving. Forrester Research predicts that 2011 technology spending will increase 7.5 percent in the U.S. and 7.1 percent globally. Skills in Linux are in particular demand, according to Dice research. “More and more devices and systems and services are built based on Linux, and therefore, more and more manufacturers and vendors are looking for Linux talent,” says Intel’s Dirk Hohndel. Linux professionals also tend to get as much as 10 percent more in salary than other IT workers, according to Dice.

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