The State of Cybersecurity Hiring

In a recent report, Burning Glass Technologies released data from six years of tracking cybersecurity demand and what hiring managers need to know when hiring security talent today.

Key findings

  • The number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94% since 2013, compared to only 30% for IT positions overall. That’s over three times faster than the overall IT market.

  • Cybersecurity jobs account for 13% of all information technology jobs. On average, however, cybersecurity jobs take 20% longer to fill than other IT jobs, and they pay 16% more. That works out to a salary premium of $12,700 per year.

  • More than half of jobs demanding cybersecurity skills are other IT roles, where security is only one part of a broader job description as compared to jobs like Information Security Analyst, where security is their primary function.

  • For each cybersecurity opening, there was a pool of only 2.3 employed cybersecurity workers for employers to recruit. That is almost exactly the same ratio of openings-to-employed workers as in 2015-16. By comparison, there are 5.8 employed workers per job opening across the economy in general. 

  • The industry is increasingly turning to automation for solutions. Demand for automation skills in cybersecurity roles has risen 255% since 2013 and demand for risk management rose 133%.

  • Public cloud security (170%) and knowledge of the Internet of Things (140%) are projected to be the fastest-growing skills in cybersecurity over the next five years.

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Source: Burning Glass