The non-profit organization Open UK has completed the second phase of its research into the adoption of open source software in the UK and found that 97% of companies use some form of open source software, systems that work with programming languages. uses.
The report surveyed 273 companies in the UK and was backed by GitHub – the code-sharing site now owned by Microsoft (itself once a rival, but now a fan of open source).
The first phase of the report shows that open source contributed 43 billion pounds (50 billion euros) to the British economy. The report estimates that 126,000 local developers help create, develop and maintain open source projects.
UK-based chip designer ARM also supports the project and describes how the open source, standards-based software has benefited the company.
“One of the great benefits of open, real, trustworthy software standards is that they remove the allure of unnecessary discrimination, allowing companies to invest their time, effort and money where it matters most. really matters,” says Andrew Wafa, Distinguished Engineer and Senior Director of Software Communities at ARM.
“Allows open software standards to easily have a one-write, one-run policy.”
As occupations were strained during the 2020 and 2021 pandemics, the survey found that 64% of occupations grew during this period, resulting in strong recruitment momentum for roles. Related to open source software in the last 12 months.
The survey found that 89% of companies use open source software internally, while 65% contribute to open source projects. Contribution to projects varies greatly by region. In the tech, media and communications industries, 78% of respondents said they contributed to open source projects, compared to 53% in non-tech industries.
Reducing costs is the primary driver for the adoption of open source software, but other important factors are collaboration, skill development, code quality, community building, and security.
“The UK education sector stands out from the crowd. The main benefit in education is not cost reduction, but skill development (77%), followed by collaboration (73%), learning by working together and experimenting to improve quality The possibility is that the code and fixes bugs (64%) are significant and could have very strong repercussions on other sectors of the economy”, OpenUK noted in its report.