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IT security opportunities on the rise


IT contractors will be pleased to learn that a new report has revealed that cyber security roles have seen a huge increase in demand.

It is thought that recent high profile cyber attacks, such as the NHS case, has resulted in increased demand for professionals with the right skills.

Findings from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) show that IT security vacancies increased by 6.2% during the year ending 30th April 2017, with strong demand for IT security staff from the accountancy (40%), retail and education sectors.

Ann Swain, chief executive of APSCo, commented on the report, “As the recent WannaCry attacks on the NHS have demonstrated, the importance and profile of IT Security roles has never been greater. Our figures show that IT Security is taking on a life of its own, challenged only by the financial services sector, as it continues to expand.

“This growing trend is backed by Kroll’s 2017 Annual Global Fraud and Risk Report where 92% of UK executives said their firm had suffered a cyber security attack in the last 12 months, which is a huge number of attacks for firms to be subjected to. It’s clear that firms, in whatever business they are in, are taking this growing threat seriously and looking at increasing their staffing levels, to cope with the higher threat levels.”

Daniele Cantello is an Employee Liaison Officer for ContractorUmbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.