Cyber security sector sees surge in applicants


Driven by jobseeker interest and rising salaries, the UK’s cyber security skills gap has shrunk by one third over the last 2 years. However, British businesses continue to struggle to recruit with demand still double supply.

Research carried out by jobsite Indeed highlights that UK Plc. remains ‘at risk’ of cyber-attack despite a 40% jump in interest from candidates.

Research published by Indeed back in January found that Britain’s cyber security skills gap is the second worst in the world. This new data reveals that the shortage of people with the most in-demand skills has eased by more than a third (36%) in the last two years.

Researchers were able to gauge the gap between demand and supply by tracking the number of cyber security roles advertised on the jobsite and the number of candidate clicks.

Between the first quarter of 2015 and the same period this year, the share of cyber security job postings rose by 2.8%, but the share of candidate clicks rocketed by 40.3%.

The rapidly rising level of interest helped narrow the skills gap dramatically at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, even if the 42.7% mismatch shows that demand is still more than double supply.

Indeed found that the greatest skills gap was in Cloud security, with the share of vacancies exceeding candidate interest by nearly ten to one.

In malware security and disaster recovery - both areas that saw high-profile issues in May - demand exceeds supply by four to one.

Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at Indeed, comments: “From May’s global ransomware attack to data breaches at major corporations, and even the US presidential election campaign, cybercrime has frequently hogged the headlines.

“As a result cyber security has been thrust centre stage, and an increasing number of people are considering it as a career.

“The jump in interest from candidates is offering some relief to the thousands of British businesses struggling to find people with the skills and experience they need to keep cybercriminals at bay.

“But while the skills gap has narrowed, demand from recruiters is still double the supply of candidates, forcing many at risk companies to offer increasingly attractive packages to woo the talent they need to protect one of their most precious assets - data.”

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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