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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 10 Cyber Security Specialist

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This is the fifth instalment of a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the cyber-security specialist.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavour to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

As the use of technology increases globally and the way the humans use technology to do things like shop, bank, control their heating etc. the need for experts who can keep people, businesses and their information safe increases.

What does a cyber-security specialist do?

Cyber-security specialists defend IT infrastructures and networks from attack. They do this by recognizing and assessing possible security breaches and putting measures in place to protect against these, including technological solutions and training staff / raising awareness of potential cyber threats and how to avoid them.

How to become a cyber-security specialist

It is possible to develop a career in cyber-security from an entry-level role in IT. If you are good at what you do and committed to developing your skills then you could progress into this role.

Alternatively, there are apprenticeships in cyber-security now or you could choose to study for a degree in computer science or specifically cyber-security and begin your employment further up the career ladder.

The skills that you need for a career as a cyber-security specialist include:

  • Great IT skills obviously
  • Analytical skills / a logical approach
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and to a deadline

Cyber-security specialist salaries

The average starting salary for a cyber-security specialist is around £25,000 and rises to between £45,000 and £80,000 with experience.

See skills shortage occupation 11

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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