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Open source job market booming

Sharon Florentine | May 24, 2016
The demand for open source talent is high, according to a new report from and The Linux Foundation.

While salaries for open source pros remain high, like many IT professionals, salary and perks aren't the number-1 factor when considering professional direction, according to the survey. Only 2 percent of the open source professionals responding to the survey say money and perks were the best thing about their jobs; instead, 31 percent of respondents say "working on interesting projects" topped the list, 18 percent say "working with the most cutting-edge technology challenges" and 17 percent cited "collaborating with a global community" as the best part of their jobs.

"It can be challenging, but we find success in emphasizing these factors to potential hires. As we're hiring for a number of roles across sales, marketing, engineering and research and development, our global reach and flexibility make us special and differentiate us in the market as an employer," says Marie Louise van Deutekom, global head of HR for SUSE Linux.

The survey results bolster SUSE's philosophy of enabling cross-cultural, cross-functional, global teams and allowing open source professionals to work on collaborative projects that contribute to the open source community and solve business problems, van Deutekom says. Some ways SUSE supports its workers and open source in general are by offering remote and flexible work opportunities, workshops, continuing education and hackathons to better support the open source community, she says.

"We are seeing increases in the number of candidates who want to work with a global team like ours, to contribute to the open source community. We know open source can help solve many business challenges, and we need top talent to do that," van Deutekom says.


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