Skills Gap Widening in Cyber Security

Skills Gap Widening in Cyber Security

Anyone considering their career path, or perhaps a different profession, would be wise in looking at cyber security roles, according to new data.

An increased threat from cyber criminals and hackers has resulted in a rise in cyber security jobs. Vacancies in the sector have risen in the UK by 32% from 2014 to 2016, while the number of candidates has failed to meet demand.

The gap could see British firms at greater risk of a cyber attack.

In a worldwide study of companies offering cyber security positions, such as cyber security analyst, the UK skills gap was ranked second to last. The study was conducted by the job site, Indeed. It also showed that the amount of cyber security jobs available in the UK ranked third worldwide, however, employer demand was three times greater than interest from potential candidates.

Indeed spoke to This is Money, stating:

“With British businesses crying out for people with cyber security expertise, gaining these sorts of skills will make you very employable. Whether you acquire these advanced skills through formal education or on-the-job training, doing so will give your CV and earning power a huge boost.”

The UK wasn’t alone in being named as a country with fewer candidates seeking cyber security jobs than there are vacancies, but the UK gap was the most severe. The volume of searches for cyber security jobs in Britain reached only 31.6% of jobs advertised. This gap put the UK second to Israel.

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