Threat of cyber crime drives salaries up for IT security professionals

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IT roles in cyber security are set to experience the highest rise in salaries across the industry, at 14% on average, driven by a rise in prevalence and awareness of cyber crime, according to the results of the Robert Walters Salary Survey 2016.

Over the last year there has been a massive increase in the number of both permanent and interim cyber security roles, largely due to the ongoing threat around IT and cyber crime in the UK and globally.

The challenges facing companies continue to grow in volume and complexity as cyber security threats constantly evolve.

"The drive to secure top talent in cyber security roles is becoming increasingly noticeable in the IT jobs market, as business priorities shift under pressure from regulators and public scrutiny," said Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director at Robert Walters.

The drive to secure top talent in cyber security roles is becoming increasingly noticeable in the IT market

High demand for network security specialists

Professionals who have the responsibility for ensuring effective firewalls and digital check point systems are in place, are now highly sought after by major corporations, particularly those in financial services and banking.

This trend is being lead by banks and other financial institutions where data security is, by nature, an extremely high priority. 

“While other public and private sector bodies are slower to raise salaries for cyber security professionals, we can still expect these employers to eventually increase wages in line with the market” says Wayne Bennett, Manager, IT Recruitment, Robert Walters Manchester.

Overall, the growth within the technology jobs market looks promising for 2016.

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