With security becoming a board room issue over the past few years, as more and more high profile breaches occur, security skills are an increasing priority.
Despite a slight downturn in demand for cybersecurity skills heading into 2018, by 10 percent for permanent roles, IT security salaries are up four percent year-on-year according to Experis.
Experis Europe managing director Geoff Smith puts this slight downturn in demand down to a changing culture rather than a reduced hunger for IT skills. In his foreword to the Q4 Tech Cities Job Watch report he said: "A cultural shift has occurred in how organisations view and manage IT security.
"Increasingly, businesses recognise that IT security is simply too important to be the responsibility of one set of individuals in the corner of the IT function. It's now a core competency that’s woven into a wide range of both technical and non-technical roles."
In terms of pay, the Robert Walters 2018 salary survey for Europe found salaries for cyber security specialists having the biggest increase among IT professionals, up seven percent.
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