Two in Five IT Security Managers Considering Quitting Their Jobs

Two in Five IT Security Managers Considering Quitting Their Jobs

Two in five (41%) IT security managers in the UK are considering quitting their jobs in the next six months, largely due to growing stress levels, according to a new study by ThreatConnect.

The researchers said the findings highlight the scale of the so-called "great resignation" impacting the cybersecurity industry, exacerbating the sector’s skills shortage.

The survey of 503 senior managers responsible for technology decisions at their organization or IT security found an average security staff turnover rate of 20% in the UK. Around three-quarters (74%) of respondents reported this rate as rising in the past year. Adding to the problem, just under a third (31%) said they experienced difficulties recruiting people with the skills and talent required for cybersecurity.

In a particularly concerning finding, less than a quarter (23%) of security leaders surveyed would recommend a career in cybersecurity, while two in five (42%) said they are unlikely to do so.

Stress and workload appeared to be the principal causes of these issues. Over a third (37%) of all respondents reported feeling highly stressed about work, and more than half (53%) experienced increased stress levels over the past six months. The respondents revealed that long

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