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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.

The State of Cybersecurity Hiring

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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