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Need for IT security pros reaches record levels

Need for IT security pros reaches record levels - The need for IT security professionals is at an all-time high, it has been claimed.

A survey of 2,256 people training in computer security found that 96 per cent are in full time employment.

And according to (ISC) 2, which conducted the study, this is despite an increased number of lay offs in the sector due to the current gloomy economic climate.

Salaries in the industry are also performing well with the average IT security specialist now taking home around £60,000 a year.


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Historic IT Job Market Growth Trend

Recent IT Job Market size
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Richard Nealon, member of the (ISC) 2 board of directors, told Computer World UK: "We are seeing full employment and growth going forward. There needs to be enough people coming into the industry to meet that growth. ”

Last month Janco’s IT salaries survey found that most companies in the United States see IT security is an area (sic) where greater staffing levels will be needed in the future and actively attempting to recruit programming professionals and internet specialists.

Future IT Hiring Plans by CIOs

This chart is not the originally published one, rather it is updated to the current status based on the analysis by Janco Associates, Inc. For all the latest IT Employment Data click here.


One of the bright spots during the past few years has been government employment. That seems to be coming to an end with the proposed 2013 federal budget. The current administration proposed a decrease in federal IT spending in 2013, the budget calls for spending $78.8 billion, a 1.2 percent decrease from 2012.

Hiring Trend Moving Average

Janco’s findings are validated by the latest BLS data which shows there was a net increase of IT jobs in January. All sectors of the IT job market showed an improvement - computer system design and related services accounted for 34,200 jobs, telecommunications 10,200 jobs, data processing hosting 2,200 jobs and other information services 900 jobs.

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NOTE: the table below is updated automatically with the latest IT salaries when a new salary survey is published. That happens every January and June. The historical data is available.

Latest Median IT Salaries

Latest Mean IT salaries
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(Data below was added after this was initially published)

Lastest IT Job Market Size

Data below depicts the historical number of IT Job in four major BLS job classes: Telecommunication; Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services; Other Information Services; and Computer Systems Design and Related Services. It reflects the historical total of the number of IT jobs available to IT professionals.

Historic IT Job Market size

For current information on the IT Job Market review Janco's IT Job Market and US National Employment data.