Unix, the old warhorse of enterprise operating systems, is still one of the skills most in demand in today's IT job market.
Research from Media Monitoring Services (MMS) reveals a strong level of Unix vacancies among UK companies. Over 4,300 jobs were advertised between November 1997 and October 1998. Though this is down on last year's figure of around 5,500 jobs, the market for Unix skills is still busy.
Unix experts also tend to be among the highest paid IT staff, the research shows. Of the job vacancies advertised in the last year, over a quarter (27%) offered salaries over #40,000. This figure includes instances were the salary was not specified - in those cases where the expected salary was given, three quarters offered totals in excess of #40,000.
Most Unix jobs tend to be permanent inhouse positions, rather than contractor posts. Of all Unix vacancies in the UK in the past year, three quarters were for permanent staff, and only one in 20 were for contractors.
Systems support engineers for Unix are most in demand, with one in eight vacancies occurring in this field. The next most popular Unix job is as a developer, followed closely by analysts and programmers. Systems administrators and technical consultants are also required - 6% of vacancies fell in each area. Project managers, software engineers, database administrators and computer managers are also among the top 10 Unix workers most in demand.
IT staff looking to work in Unix might be well advised to locate in the Home Counties or South of England, where most vacancies are to be found.
London accounts for almost 20% of Unix jobs, with far fewer cropping up in the North East, Wales and East Anglia. Only 12 Unix jobs in Northern Ireland were advertised in the selected time period.
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