The cyber security jobs market is growing, and the recent pandemic has widened the skills gap in this area. As outlined in our global cyber security report for 2023, 72% of employers believe that events in recent years have had a significant impact on their cyber risk profile. However, 90% claim that the skills gap is affecting their organisations’ ability to implement their proposed cyber security strategy. People with the right cyber security skills are in demand.
This leaves many experienced workers, as well as those starting their careers, facing an interesting decision: should you take an in-house role, or look for cyber security consultant jobs? Let’s examine the pros and cons of each way of working, and the opportunities available in each role.
However, an in-house role could give you greate opportunites for learning and growth. It's in your employer's interests to offer cyber security training for employees.
Another potential risk of working in a consulting or MSSP role is the reliance on sales and a pipeline of customers. As a result, losing a client can be particularly costly and will have a large impact on your own security.
Director, Cyber Security, Hays North America
Having joined Hays in 2013, Miguel now leads our work on cyber security in North America. An award winning Information Technology recruitment consultant, Miguel has vast knowledge of the specialism and works with talented individuals and renowned organisations to match them with what they need.