Demand for IT Security Skills on the Increase

Demand for IT Security Skills on the Increase

The recent Lloyds Banking Group breach is just the latest in a long line of cyber attacks on high-profile companies, such as the Bangladesh Bank Swift, the NSA, and Yahoo!

In just the UK, fraud has seen record figures at £1.1bn, and due to the European Union’s GDPR to be implemented May 2018, cyber crime has become a top priority for both governments and businesses (small and large, and even individuals).

A new study released by Experis, a global leader in IT resourcing, discusses the wide skills gap in cyber security. Demand for cyber talent has grown dramatically after a number of high-profile attacks, as firms put their attention on defending cyber crime. Demand for professionals to fill contract and permanent IT security jobs has risen by 46%, says the most recent Experis report, ‘Tech Cities Job Watch’.

The report, which is released every quarter, tracks advertised IT vacancies in web development, mobile, IT security, cloud and big data in 10 cities.

As a cyber skills gap is widening within the industry, last year’s Q4 survey reveals that firms are looking at investing longer-term, with a 52.9% increase for permanent employees year-on-year.

Experis UK and Ireland managing director Geoff Smith said:

“In the wake of several high-profile hacks, from the likes of Yahoo, NSA, and the Bangladesh Bank Swift, and with the European Union’s GDPR set to come into effect from May 2018, cybercrime is at the top of the C-Suite agenda for companies of all sizes – not just the big multinational players.”

 

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