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Businesses are missing out on opportunities from open source

According to the CWJobs survey of over 300 IT professionals, 71% believe open source will be required more widely in future, with the biggest growth expected to be in advertising and media, telecoms and financial services.

The top benefits for businesses choosing to use open source software are believed to be flexibility (45%) and cost (33%), yet almost half (46%) of professionals think organisations do not understand the advantages of using open source software.

The new research was launched at a CWJobs breakfast briefing on open source held in London last week, which aimed to explore what open source means for businesses today and what skills can make a difference. The audience heard from expert speakers, Mark Taylor, UK Director at Open Source Software Institute and Rob Allen, manager for Talent Acquisition delivery across EMEA at Red Hat.

Mike Black, sales director at CWJobs stated, “Open source is one of the most disruptive trends in IT at the moment and it’s having broader implications for businesses at large. It promises cheaper, smarter, more reliable solutions, however, it calls for specialist skills, which is presenting a unique recruitment challenge.

Businesses must wake up to the benefits of open source and ensure they have the right expertise in place to help realise its full potential. Interestingly, half of IT professionals said they would move into a business because of their open source reputation or willingness to train staff in open source skills.”

Speaking at CWJobs’ briefing, Mark Taylor stated: “I've been around Open Source for two decades, and I've seen it grow from an incredibly obscure technology area to something that is literally world conquering. Open source is being used everywhere it underpins the Internet, and is arguably the most important enabler of the use of Big Data in businesses. Its importance will continue to grow with far-reaching effects on the UK jobs market.” 

Rob Allen, talent manager at Red Hat, stated, “Open source in only going to keep growing, and keep pushing the growth of IT recruitment with it. Because the talent pool is still junior, recruitment professionals have a great opportunity to nurture IT pros with the requisite skills at the start of their careers.” 

The main barriers preventing businesses incorporating open source software are fear over security (40%) and lack of understanding (29%).

Visit to watch highlights from CWJobs breakfast briefing.


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