The following charts show the salary and demand statistics for various Operating Systems. The data is taken from the analysis of job advertisements in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.

Operating system popularity in the USA

Operating Systems in the USA

  • The outlay for Operating Systems hasn't change very much at all since January 2014.
  • We continue to see significantly higher demand for Windows Server skills than any other OS.
  • Windows Vista, 2000, and NT are still mentioned in a few job advertisements, with Windows NT jobs continuing to be paid higher than the others.
  • RedHat skills continue to lead the demand for *nix operating systems.

Operating system popularity in Great Britain

Operating Systems in GB

  • Salaries offered for Unix continue to remain high, although have fallen slightly since last month.
  • Windows Server skills still in very high demand.
  • RedHat continues to be the most popular *nix flavour in Great Britain.

Operating system popularity in Australia

Operating Systems in Australia

  • Australian jobs this month have shown more variety in operating systems than before.
  • We see the appearance of some very high paying roles for RedHat, CentOS, and Debian flavours.
  • Windows Server continue to be in reasonably good demand and are currently paying similar salaries to the average Unix related job.

About this analysis

  • When reading these charts, the lower the demand for a skill, the less reliable the salary indicators become. It only takes a handful of jobs to shift the average.

  • Job data is extremely useful as it's plentiful and provides a lot of fascinating and interesting aspects to work with. It also has its challenges. You should read our full disclosure about the analysis for an insight into these challenges.