The good news for those who work in the cybersecurity sector is that the demand for cyber talent is on the rise, and more over 5,000 new jobs were added to the hiring and recruitment roster last year.
Additionally, the sector’s profit margins are in robust health, with revenue in the UK growing to more than £10.5bn in 2023, up three per cent from 2022.
And when you look at the state of cybersecurity in the UK as a cohesive unit, you can understand why the demand for data security is so high: the UK government has established that 32 per cent of companies have experienced a cybersecurity threat this year to date.
Larger corporations are even more susceptible, with 69 per cent of large companies and 59 per cent of medium businesses reporting data breaches.
Nearly two-thirds of cybersecurity teams reportedly understaffed — ISACA research reveals that almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of businesses find that their cybersecurity teams are understaffed, as threats continue to increase.
National cybersecurity threats are just one side of the coin, and the UK’s cybersecurity sector has also established itself as a global player thanks to the government’s National Cyber Strategy, first unveiled in December 2021.
In fact, according to the United Nations Global Cyber Security Index, the UK trumps all other European entities, with London dominating the market thanks to its positioning as a fintech and neobanking pioneer, and the mass adoption of cloud technology in the country.
Whether you currently work in cybersecurity or want to pivot to a role that is focused on this area, the good news is that there is plenty of hiring scope within the sector, whatever your skill set.
The most common roles in demand are security engineers (35 per cent), security analysts (18 per cent), security managers (14 per cent), security architects (11 per cent) and security consultants (9 per cent) — and jobs aren’t limited to tech companies, either.
It’s also worth noting that during a recent roundtable event at Indeed’s London headquarters, a spokesperson from Glassdoor advised that tech candidates should look further afield to non-tech companies who are recruiting for tech roles, as salaries are often more competitive to attract the best talent.
Ready to get your job search underway? The Information Age Job Board is the ideal place to start your search, as it features thousands of cybersecurity and data privacy jobs, including the three below.
Would you like to work on cutting edge security and encryption products? Client Server is working with a company that is expanding its cybersecurity products to a range of finance, government, defence, law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies. As an iOS developer, you will work across the full development lifecycle, collaborating with product managers, architects and software engineers to define app requirements and user stories, through to design, development and testing to produce high quality iOS applications. You’ll stay up to date with industry trends and continually seek to improve app performance, reliability and security. View additional details here.
Cyber risk partner alliance manager, Secureworks, London
Cloud-native security analytics platform Secureworks is seeking a cyber risk partner alliance manager. In this role you will be responsible for the execution of cyber insurance and cyber risk products and services strategies. You will also work closely with the CRP program director to maximise revenue and you will be the ongoing technical alliance/partner manager for cyber insurance companies. See the full job description here.
Product security engineer, BAE Systems, Warton
BAE Systems is hiring a product security engineer to help Future Combat Air System (FCAS) stakeholders to clearly understand their exposure to cybersecurity threats/risks, and put in place pragmatic and cost effective controls. Day-to-day tasks will include understanding business and product risk context, judging risk at a technical and business process level, and clearly articulating both verbally and in writing to key stakeholders and analysing and researching security technologies to support the development of innovative solutions. Get more information here.
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The UK’s strong cybersecurity sector is good news for jobs — With the UK leading cybersecurity in Europe, we explore how tech talent looking for jobs in the space can develop their career and skills.