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UK Cyber Security Workforce Up 163% in Five Years

UK Cyber Security Workforce Up 163% in Five Years

According to a research report the UK cyber security workforce has grown by 163% in the past five years.

The report was based on data from information technology job tracking firm IT Jobs Watch and the quarterly labour force survey by the Office for National Statistics. In light of growing concerns around the cyber security skills shortage gap, the report is quite encouraging.

The data shows that salaries are up 7% in the past year to around £57,000 a year.

Karen Price, chief executive of the Tech Partnership, said: “In today’s data-driven world, nothing is more important for UK businesses than maintaining security.

“Developing the skills to protect ourselves is a national priority, and needs action at every level: at schools and universities, through digital apprenticeships, and through upskilling for experienced professionals.”

Price said employers are joining forces to make a difference in many areas, and are working with the government to ensure the UK has the skilled staff needed to maintain a leadership position in cyber security.

The core processes and methodological skills in demand have remained constant over the past year, with firewall and network security and information security featuring in 84% of all job advertisements.

However there are large increases in demand for more specialist areas, with cyber crime up 264% and big data up 202%.

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