Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Solving the Cyber Skills Shortage; the Number of Job Vacancies Advertised Has Overtaken the Number of Job Seekers for the First Time since the Recession. IT Roles Are among the Hardest to Fill, in Particular Cyber Security. So How Is the Sector Going to Train Up Enough Recruits? by Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Solving the Cyber Skills Shortage; the Number of Job Vacancies Advertised Has Overtaken the Number of Job Seekers for the First Time since the Recession. IT Roles Are among the Hardest to Fill, in Particular Cyber Security. So How Is the Sector Going to Train Up Enough Recruits? by Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

THE average advertised salary in London has risen by 4.6 per cent over the past year to PS42,782 as the number of vacancies outstrips the number of job-seekers.

Cyber security, one of the job roles hardest to fill, has seen an even sharper rise in pay, up 10 per cent to an average PS65,000 in London, following a doubling in the number of cyber security jobs advertised over the past year.

With the total number of advertised vacancies in the UK now standing at 936,596, according to Adzuna, a 25 per cent rise on the year, graduates have been among the biggest beneficiaries with average advertised salaries for graduate jobs up 15.7 per cent on the year to PS26,438.

However, it is IT that is the biggest payer, partly because of an 80 per cent rise in vacancies in start-ups and young businesses in the UK.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, says the fierce competition for talented and experienced professionals is leading to the "stratifying of technology salaries".

These high-growth firms are competing with larger organisations when it comes to tech and digital skills, particularly in the area of cyber security. The threat of hacking has made the capital the highest-paying, fastestgrowing area within the IT sector in the UK, according to new data from Technojobs, which currently has nearly 2,000 security vacancies, double the number a year ago.

Anthony Sherick, MD of Technojobs, says: "It is clear that the cyber security sector is suffering from a problem of supply and demand. This demand will continue to grow, especially as hacking scandals and cyber attacks continue to hit the news.

"The massive rise in the UK's tech industry has been illustrated by the number of jobs that are now empty. It is now more important than ever to invest in the right training and skills -- and this requires schools, universities and businesses to develop a pipeline of talent capable of filling these vacant cyber security roles. …

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