Open source skills only got hotter during the pandemic

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A massive 92% of hiring managers reported difficulty finding and retaining enough open source talent this year, as competition for these skills gets fiercer. That’s according to the latest Open Source Jobs Report by the Linux Foundation and edX, which surveyed 200 technical hiring managers and 750 open source professionals worldwide over the summer.

As the report notes, cloud adoption is up post-pandemic as organizations take the brakes off their legacy migration and digital transformation plans. And until the robots take over, these plans need skilled people to execute them. The spiking demand for these skills is creating a major tech talent crunch as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it comes to retaining existing talent, 39% of companies said they offered larger salary increases to their open source staff compared to other departments last year, and 38% increased bonuses for open source staff in a bid to keep them from leaving. Only 2% of…


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