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.
As it stands, there are currently 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide, with cyber security “a near-zero unemployment marketplace for those with extensive backgrounds”.
This leaves many cyber security professionals facing an interesting decision: should you take an in-house or consulting role? Let’s examine the pros and cons of each way of working, and the opportunities available in each role.
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.