Almost 90% of hiring managers reported difficulties acquiring qualified talent for open source jobs, according to a report released Wednesday from career site Dice and The Linux Foundation.
In the next six months, hiring managers expect to hire more open source professionals than other roles, according to the report. Open source talent is also set to increase in the next six months.
The most commonly filled open source positions are developer, DevOps engineer and systems administrator. Open source cloud, application development, Big Data and both DevOps and security are the most in demand skills, according to the report, which gathered data from more than 280 hiring managers and more than 1,800 open source professionals globally.
Enterprises have recently turned to open source and third-party software components to reduce the amount of code they have to write to accelerate deployment cycles, according to Sonatype’s 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain.
As the popularity of open source has skyrocketed, the supply of talent to fill these jobs has not kept pace. As a result, open source talent is in greater demand than some other areas of IT.
This year's report is the sixth annual edition and prior reports also found a growing talent demand in open source software areas.
As demand for open source continues to grow, the supply of talent needs to keep up. Filling these roles will require greater efforts in training and certification to help build a talent pipeline. Until then, CIOs looking to hire open source professionals may want to plan ahead and start their search early.