Hiring to Stop Hackers: Cyber Security Jobs Grow 19%

Hiring to Stop Hackers: Cyber Security Jobs Grow 19%

Employers posted more than 4,500 online cyber security job ads in September, growing 19% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

New York, NY – October 10, 2012. In September, more than 4,500 jobs were advertised online for cyber security professionals in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics (www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. With security threats and breaches becoming a greater concern for private and public sector companies, employers are trying to store and transfer information safely by hiring talent that will be dedicated to this effort. The number of job ads has steadily increased, and despite declining slightly since an all-time high in July, demand in September was up 19% compared to September 2011.

Hiring Demand for Cyber Security Jobs
Source: WANTED Analytics

The most commonly advertised job titles that require cyber security experience include:

  1. Cyber Security Analyst
  2. Cyber Security Engineer
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Systems Engineer
  5. Senior Cyber Security Analyst
  6. Information Technology Security Specialist
  7. Program Manager
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Information Assurance Engineer
10.  Systems Administrator

Cyber security professionals are in-demand across the United States. The metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings in September were Washington (DC), Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco. The Washington, DC metro area saw the most available positions; however, Atlanta experienced the greatest growth in demand over the past year of these five areas. Here, the number of job ads that were available during September was up more than 200% compared to the same time period last year.

As more employers focus on securing information and networks and external threats evolve, hiring demand for cyber security jobs is likely to continue. Currently, the supply of potential candidates with this experience creates a very challenging market for employers. According to the Hiring Scale™, employers across the United States spend an average of 6 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for cyber security positions. However, each location and region of the US will experience a varying degree of difficulty when recruiting. Companies in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged as hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in this area remain online for an average of 7 weeks.

Hiring Scale for Cyber Security Jobs in the US
Source: WANTED Analytics

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations that are likely to find these jobs less difficult to fill are Tucson, Arizona and Kileen-Fort Hood, Texas. Larger talent supply compared to the hiring demand by employers in these metro areas means that Recruiters are likely to fill open cyber security positions faster than average. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 5 weeks, about one week shorter than the national average.

Hiring Scale for Cyber Security Jobs in Tucson (Easy to Recruit Location)
Source: WANTED Analytics

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

The Hiring Scale is available at www.hiringscale.com.

About WANTED Analytics

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 700 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit www.wantedanalytics.com.

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

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