UK Cyber Skills Shortage Rises by Over a Third

UK Cyber Skills Shortage Rises by Over a Third

The UK’s cyber skills shortage has surged by more than a third in the past 12 months, according to a new report by global recruitment firm Harvey Nash.

The study, which analyzed the current state of the digital jobs shortage, found that cybersecurity is the most sought-after tech skill in the UK. Nearly half (43%) of the 823 UK digital leaders surveyed admitted they had a shortage in this area.

The report was published six months after a government study found the UK’s cybersecurity recruitment pool has a shortfall of 10,000 people a year.

Cybersecurity was followed by big data/analysts (36%), technical architects (33%) and developers (32%) as the most sought-after tech skills for UK businesses.

As well as recruitment, staff retention has been a major challenge for UK organizations in the past year. Four in 10 UK digital leaders admitted they can’t keep key staff in these roles for as long as they would like, as they’re being lured away by the offer of more money. Despite this, just 38% of organizations have redesigned their employee offer to make it attractive to staff in the new hybrid working world.

The figures are especially worrisome

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