LONDON, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
90% rise in the number of cyber security jobs as result of hacking
Cyber Security jobs continue to rise at a fast rate in the UK, according to new research.
New data from IT Security Jobs, one of the UK's leading Cyber Security job sites, has revealed a significant rise in the number of permanent cyber security jobs over the last year, demonstrating an increased demand for employees in this sector.
As of June 2016, the number of jobs in cyber security has risen significantly by over 90 per cent since the same point in the previous year, positioning it as one of the UK's most sought-after IT skills. IT Security Jobs currently have over 1,000 Security related jobs live on its website.
The value of cyber security skills is reflected in the average salary for jobs - there has been a 10 per cent rise year on year for cyber security staff to an average UK salary of £58,000. This rises in London to an average salary of £63,000.
Charlotte Attwood, a spokesperson for ITSecurityJobs, believes that the increased demand for cyber security professionals is a prime example of the current skill shortage across the IT and tech industry.
She said: "From the data it is clear that the cyber security sector is suffering from a problem of supply and demand. This demand will continue to grow especially as hacking scandals and cyber attacks continue to hit the news - from the iCloud celebrity photo hacking and the cyber-attack on eBay passwords, to the recent hacking of TalkTalk leading to almost 157,000 customers' details being stolen. In addition, Government demand for security specialists is high and at its highest levels as it continues to monitor national UK and international threats. It is now more important than ever to invest in the right training and skills - and this requires schools, universities and businesses to develop a pipeline of talent capable of filling these vacant cyber security roles.