The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that IT vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the third quarter of 2017 up 12% compared to the same time last year.
Cyber security specialists have been highly sought after, with banks and financial services firms particularly keen to recruit professionals with these skills, as businesses are coming to recognise the financial and reputational costs of failing to have robust security networks in place.
"While strong technical skills are vital, employers are also keen to secure cyber security professionals who can demonstrate strong communication and stakeholder management skills to secure buy-in from the rest of the business. This will also educate colleagues on cyber security strategy and policy," commented Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director at Robert Walters.
Contract professionals in this space have been in high demand to develop and implement security networks, but permanent roles are also widely available in light of the ongoing need to refine and improve these systems to response to new threats.
Digitalisation drives demand for developers
"Attracting top calibre professionals in this space means offering competitive salaries but also promoting the novel or interesting nature of the projects that they will have the opportunity to work on."
Developers have been in high demand as businesses across a wide range of sectors look to improve their digital presence.
Businesses are aware of the opportunities available by embracing new developments in e-commerce and developing a strong online presence. As a result, developers have been highly sought after by employers looking to grow market share by growing their audience and appeal online.
Developers with a background in Java, Linux, CRM and architecture are all highly sought after, with employers having to compete to secure top talent in these spaces.
“Attracting top calibre professionals in this space means offering competitive salaries but also promoting the novel or interesting nature of the projects that they will have the opportunity to work on,” concluded Ahsan Iqbal.
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