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37% the UK workforce believe barely any organisations have skills to tackle cyber security, Hays reveals

Less than a fifth of the UK workforce believe organisations across the UK have the right skills to tackle the growing cyber security threat. The majority (71%) say only some or barely any organisations have the skills needed, according to latest research from Hays.

In support of cyber security month, the annual awareness initiative which takes place each October across Europe, the research highlights the increasing demand for skilled cyber security professionals.

Over a third of professionals (37%) say barely any organisations have the skills to address the issue, and 9% say no organisations do. The research, compiled by Hays, refers to a poll of over 1,060 respondents across the UK.

Hays has warned that the global skills gap across cyber security is worsening, and the UK needs to be creative in order to make progress towards attracting people to the profession. At present, qualified and experienced cyber security professionals are highly sought after, especially those with regulatory knowledge or project management experience.

James Milligan, director of Hays Digital Technology, commented, “It’s concerning that in line with the widening skills gap, there is also a lack of confidence amongst the UK workforce that we have the skills and talent in place to address cyber security threats. With data hacks and security breaches at a high resulting in damages to business reputation, sensitive information and financial costs, it is worrying that the talent needed to help control this just isn’t available.

“More needs to be done to attract professionals into the sector, where they can expect a prosperous outlook of attractive salaries and good career development opportunities. It is encouraging that last week the Digital T-Level was announced as one of the first three new education programmes to be developed by the government, creating a coherent dialogue between business and schools which will hopefully go some way towards addressing the skills gap at a grassroots level.”

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