More news on Cyber Security jobs
Following our news item last month (UK companies face a chronic shortage of specialist cyber security workers) the Tech Partnership has announced that the cyber workforce has grown by 160% in the 5 years to 2016 with 58,000 now working in cyber security (22,000 in 2011) commanding an average salary of £57,000 (7% up from last year and 15% higher than other tech specialists).
Five occupational groups make up three quarters of all jobs posted: Security Analysts, Security Consultants, Security Engineers, Security Managers and Security Architects. The best paid cyber specialists are Security Architects, reflecting their high levels of experience and expertise. They command average annual salaries of over £70,000, and while they represent only 11% of the profession, demand for their skills has grown by 269% over the last five years.
The core process and methodological skills in demand have remained constant over the last year: Information Security, Firewall and Network Security are most often called for, featuring in 84% of all job advertisements. However, there are large increases in demand for some more specialist areas, with cybercrime up 264% and big data up 202%. Certifications remain important as a guarantee of knowledge: CISSP and ISO/IEC 27001 feature in almost one third of all job advertisements.
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