The UK is among the worst affected countries globally due to its severe cybersecurity skills shortage, revealed a new report by employment search site Indeed.From Q3 2014 to Q3 2016, the site analyzed its industry job postings and job searches to identify where cybersecurity jobs are most in demand and where the talent gap poses the most risk to employers.The report found that Israel has the biggest skills shortage, where job seekers’ interest in cybersecurity roles meets just 28.4 percent of employer demand. The UK followed with 31.6 percent – meeting less than a third of employer demand.Brazil (33.0 percent), Germany (35.0 percent) and Italy (35.9 percent) also ranked among the most affected countries for severity of the skills gap.
According to the report, only in the US and Canada does job seeker interest exceed more than 50 percent of employer demand.“Although it may seem like cold comfort for organizations in the US and Canada, the fact that job seeker interest meets 66.7 percent and 68.1 percent of employer demand in these respective locations is, comparatively speaking, a good result,” explained Indeed in a blog post.The report also highlighted that some countries made significant improvements towards closing the skills gap. Ireland, for example, reduced its cybersecurity skills shortage by 14 percent in the last two years, and the US by 7 percent.Other countries, however, saw a drop in job seeker interest in cybersecurity roles. Canada saw a 12 percent drop in meeting demand, followed by an 11 percent drop in Brazil and a 5 percent drop in the UK.
“The cybersecurity talent shortage remains a serious – and global – issue,” said Indeed. “For professionals, this imbalance between supply and demand means strong job prospects and high salaries, although even then barriers to entry remain.”In a separate report, Cisco estimates there are currently more than one million unfilled security jobs worldwide. Meanwhile, Symantec estimates the demand for the cybersecurity workforce will rise to six million globally by 2019.