1. There’s still a skills shortage
“Britain simply does not have enough of the right people to plug the skills gap,” as Guy Levin, executive director of the digital economy lobbying group Coadec puts it.
In a year of high profile security breaches the cyber security skills gap was one of the best documented in 2015, with Chancellor George Osbourne directly mentioning it in this Autumn statement. Programmes like the Cyber Security Challenge and Osbourne’s proposed Institute of Coding should help close the gap long-term, but this is not a problem that will go away overnight.
In fact, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch report by Experis, IT security roles accounted for just 11 percent of all jobs advertised during Q3 of 2015. Salaries are high though, lagging only behind big data and cloud roles with a UK average of £53,000.