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

OS in the USA

  • Again the playing field in this area remains extremely stable, with very little change.
  • Demand for Windows Server in the USA has remained stable since an earlier fall and still sits close to Unix in both demand and salary.
  • Windows Vista, 2000, and NT roles continue to be advertised.
  • RedHat skills continue to lead the demand for *nix operating systems.

Operating system popularity in Great Britain

OS in GB

  • Overall demand for infrastructure skills dropped in April 2014 for the UK and Great Britain.
  • Salaries however continue to remain stable with only a slight adjustment downwards.
  • Salaries offered for Unix continue to remain high although have fallen by ~$5,000.
  • Windows Server skills still dominate in GB.
  • Ubuntu skills have risen slightly to become the most popular *nix flavour in Great Britain, taking the place of RedHat.

Operating system popularity in Australia

OS in Australia

  • As with the UK and Great Britain, overall demand for Infrastructure skills have fallen throughout April 2014.
  • The very few jobs available for RedHat, CentOS, Debian, and Windows NT skills pay at the higher end of the market.
  • Windows Server continue to be in reasonably good demand.

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.