Hacking, identity theft and security breaches are leading to a significant increase in demand for staff among data security firms.
Recruiter Robert Walters reports a massive upturn which is forecast to drive up average pay by 14 per cent.
Cyber security specialists are most sought-after but companies are also looking for other skills.
Laura Shipley is a project manager at The Bunker (thebunker.net), a company based in a former military bunker in Sandwich, Kent, which holds and safeguards customer’s data.
The 24-year-old says: “having no official IT qualification has not hindered my opportunities in data security.
“I took a degree in Law, but wanted to work while continuing my studies, and I had always been interested in IT, so I started in a customer support role at The Bunker.” She has now progressed to project manager.
Laura says: “No two days are ever the same. The work is fast-paced, so you must solve issues quickly, recognise and deal with risk and be able to deliver successful customer outcomes.
“But I work in a supportive team and I’m being mentored by the senior project manager.”
She recently completed the Prince2 Foundation Course in project management and aims to complete the Prince2 Practitioner training by the end of the year. Philip Bindley, managing director of The Bunker, says that the data security industry is attracting a wider variety of people than those with IT qualifications.
He says of the job satisfaction: “Our staff find it rewarding to help businesses and their customers feel assured that their data and details are protected.”
As well as data security specialists, companies are looking for business development managers, admin, sales, marketing and support staff.
Recruiters include acumin.co.uk and robertwalters.co.uk. Firms involved in data security will be at the FinTech Connect Live event (fintechconnectlive.com) on December 6-7.
Published in the Daily Mail by Linda Whitney