Tech career company Dice and the Linux Foundation Thursday released a new report on open source jobs and found open source talent is in high demand.
Of those HR managers surveyed, 65% said hiring for open source roles will increase more than any other area in the next six months, according to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report.
According to the report, 87% of hiring managers have a difficult time finding open source talent.
"Recruiting open source talent is a top priority for hiring managers focused on recruiting technology talent, and recruiters are increasingly looking for more professional training credentials from their candidates," according to the report.
The report also found that 79% of hiring managers have increased incentives in an effort to retain their current open source employees.
Tech recruiters should take notice that money is apparently not the biggest motivator for open source workers. Only 2% of professionals said money and perks were the best thing about their jobs. More of value to them was working on interesting projects, working on cutting-edge technology challenges and collaborating with a global community.
Money may not rank as high because open source talent is already apparently paid pretty well.
"Rising salaries for open source professionals indicate companies recognize the need to attract, recruit and retain qualified open source professionals on a global scale," said Bob Melk, Dice's president.
The rise in demand for open source talent correlates to rising enterprise interest in open source technology overall. A survey released last week by Black Duck Software and North Bridge found enterprises are dedicating more resources to open source endeavors. About a third of respondents said they have full-time resources dedicated to open source projects, and that they increasingly view open source software as "highly competitive on features, in addition to having lower total cost of ownership and the ability to avoid vendor lock-in."