Cyber security professionals are increasingly in demand in China as businesses continue to battle the growing threat of cybercrime, according to international recruitment firm Hays.

“The implications of being attacked are far reaching and the after effects can be devastating to a business, as well as its customers,” Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays Greater China, said. “This is why cyber security needs to be a priority for organisations, so they are better positioned to protect customer data and IT security. As the threats become more sophisticated they become more difficult to keep up with, so the time to address these issues is now.”

According to Hays, with the threat of a cyber-attack escalating in recent years, cyber security spend has increased dramatically. As there has been recent attacks, the amount being spent by businesses on improving their systems and hiring professionals will only increase.

“At Hays we have seen an increase in permanent demand for security experts across a range of clients, with security analysts and security architects, cyber threat intelligence analysts, consultants and cyber incident analysts being the most in-demand,” Lance said.

Lance adds that businesses looking to hire a cyber security specialist must be prepared to pay a higher premium for professionals with these skills.

“Many businesses have begun to focus on the issue as a priority, which is great, but it means there is a premium being placed on those candidates with cyber security skills as they are in short supply,” Lance said. “There are a limited number of professionals with the right skill set required by businesses. If a company is struggling to find the person they need, they could also consider taking on someone with a general IT background and upskilling them into their new cyber security role.”

Hays stated that it is still early days for the cyber security jobs market, which in part has led to a worldwide shortage of experts. As a result, wages have increased as organisations battle to attract this sought after talent.


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