Filed under Press releaseMonday, 18 December 2017
Demand for cyber security staff will increase over the next year, according to all recruitment agencies surveyed by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). The majority (81 per cent) think demand will increase “significantly”.
However, according to 81 per cent of recruitment businesses, the UK workforce is unlikely to meet demand in cyber security over the next 12 months. Only 16 per cent think it is likely that demand will be met.
Cyber security roles have also been reported as hard to fill due to candidate shortages for eight out of the past nine months according to the REC’s monthly Report on Jobs survey of recruiters.
REC chief executive Kevin Green comments:
“With several high profile cyber-attacks this year, it’s no surprise that demand for cyber security staff is set to increase. 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.
“Employers need to think realistically about how to fill roles if they are to protect themselves from debilitating cyber-attacks. This means they should make the most of transferrable skills and create training opportunities which would benefit employees and new applicants.
Notes to editors:
2. The REC surveyed 31 recruitment agencies between 25 September and 20 November 2017. Questions and answers were:
Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think demand for cyber security staff will:
Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think pay for cyber security staff will:
How likely is it that the UK workforce will be able to meet demand in cyber security over the next 12 months?