Redundancy levels fell and salaries rose in 2009 while companies are looking to recruit this year.

According to the (ISC)2 salary survey, more than half of information security professionals surveyed received salary increases in 2009, while less than five per cent of participants lost their jobs. Also, more than half of those surveyed said that they were looking to hire permanent and/or contract employees in 2010, and of those hiring, 40 per cent said they will be hiring three or more information security professionals this year.

Over 90 per cent of hiring managers globally and in EMEA said that their biggest hiring challenges were finding candidates with the right skills and the right amount of experience. The hiring managers surveyed in EMEA said that they were looking for candidates with specific skills in these top five categories: operations security; information risk management; security management practices; telecommunications and network security; and ISO/IEC 17799 (Code of Practice for Information Security Management).

However half of the respondents saw their information security budgets decrease somewhat or significantly in 2009, while in EMEA, 31.8 per cent of respondents believe the economic downturn is causing an increased security risk within their organisation.

John Colley, managing director EMEA at (ISC)2, said: “Harsh economic times force many organisations to examine new, more cost-effective ways of accomplishing their goals. This is helping to enrich the career choices in information security, with more and more new business processes becoming dependent on a stable and secure online world.”