Boosting firms' cyber talent helps grow UK IT vacancies by 12% in Q1

News by Danielle Correa

High profile data breaches have spurred companies to further investments in cyber-security talent, according to quarterly jobs index.

Compared to the same period last year, job vacancies for IT professionals grew by 12 percent during the first quarter of 2017.

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index revealed that roles for software engineers and developers accounted for 14 percent of total demand. Meanwhile, IT managers made up four percent of the total number of roles.

“The start of 2017 has nevertheless seen a significant increase in IT hiring, with developers particularly sought after. Demand from startup firms in financial technology has played a significant role in this, in addition to large established companies investing heavily in cyber-security,” said Ahsan Iqbal, associate director at Robert Walters.

“With several high profile data breaches over the past few years involving prominent companies, employers are increasingly recognising the importance of a robust cyber-security function and are prepared to invest in securing top talent in this field.”

Employers are also recognising more and more how important it is to have IT staff who can play a critical role in ensuring IT policy is integrated with other departments across the business.

“As effective cyber-security policies become an increasingly high priority, the ability for IT teams to liaise with other areas of the business to develop effective strategies is becoming increasingly vital,” Iqbal added.

“As a result, IT managers who can demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other teams and develop strong internal working relationships are highly sought after, with employers prepared to offer generous salaries to secure top talent.”

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