Demand for cybersecurity staff will increase over the next 12 months, according to a survey of 31 recruitment agencies by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
Of firms surveyed, 81% believe demand for cybersecurity staffing will increase significantly. But finding those specialists could be difficult; 29% of recruitment firms said it was very unlikely the UK could meet the demand for cybersecurity staff and 52% said it is somewhat unlikely.
“With several high profile cyber-attacks this year, it’s no surprise that demand for cyber security staff is set to increase,” said REC Chief Executive Kevin Green. “However, there are very few people with the skills needed, so employers will be competing with each other for the limited talent. The good news for people working in cyber security is they could well see a pay increase next year as a result.”
In regards to pay for cybersecurity staff, 52% of recruitment firms said it would rise significantly over the next 12 months, and 42% said it will rise slightly.
“Employers need to think realistically about how to fill roles if they are to protect themselves from debilitating cyber-attacks,” Green said. “This means they should make the most of transferrable skills and create training opportunities which would benefit employees and new applicants.
Green continued: “The responsibility also lies with government. We think the Apprenticeship Levy should become a broader training levy so that employers can use this funding to develop the skills that they are desperate for. Long term, we need to see better careers guidance in schools about cyber security roles. And right now, we need to maintain access to the best people from around the world to create a secure environment where British businesses can flourish.”
Written by DFGR Research Team.
DFGR is a specialist Recruitment & Executive Search firm that solely focuses in the Digital Forensics & Cyber Security, IT Risk, Intelligence Insights & Analytics and Corporate Investigations space.
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