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Cyber security staff set for salary increase as demand rises

Wages for cyber security professionals are set to climb considerably in the near future due to a shortage of suitably skilled candidates.

Four in five (81 per cent) recruitment agencies believe demand for cyber security staff will increase significantly over the next 12 months, according to a survey published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

However, only 16 per cent think it is likely that demand will be met.

As a result, almost every recruiter surveyed (94 per cent) predicted pay for cyber security staff would increase over the next year.

Following several high profile cyber attacks in 2017, REC chief executive Kevin Green said it wasn’t surprising that demand for cyber security staff was set to increase and expected companies to engage in a bidding war to win talent.

He added that offering cyber security training courses to existing staff could be an effective workaround.

“Employers need to think realistically about how to fill roles if they are to protect themselves from debilitating cyber attacks,” he explained.

“This means they should make the most of transferrable skills and create training opportunities which would benefit employees and new applicants.”

Mr Green went on to urge the government to intensify its efforts in nurturing new cyber security talent, adding that the Apprenticeship Levy should become a broader training levy, allowing employers to use the funding to develop the skills they are desperate for.

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