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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.

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.

Hiring Trends

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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