The UK Cyber Security Council has been holding a series of roadshows across Wales and they have released some interesting statistics on jobs across the country.

  • Average advertised salaries for core cyber security roles in 2021 was £49,600
  • Over 50,000 people are employed in the cyber sector across the UK
  • Half of UK businesses have a cyber skills gap
  • The sector contributed £5.3 billion GVA to the UK economy – up by 33%

The UK Cyber Security Council’s CEO, Simon Hepburn, said: “With record levels of investment last year, the UK’s £10 billion cyber security sector has the potential to create thousands of highly skilled and rewarding careers for people across Wales.

“The two events were designed to provide individuals and organisations working within the region’s cyber security cluster and business leaders with an opportunity to directly shape and influence the future of the profession. We encourage those working in the sector to engage with DCMS’ ongoing consultation, as the government seeks to address new measures to boost British businesses’ cyber security after recent high-profile attacks.

“The consultation asks for views on how best to ensure the UK Cyber Security Council is suitably empowered to be the voice of the profession, and to tackle the scale and diversity of the skills shortage which the government and industry seeks to address.”

As the voice of the UK’s cyber security profession, the role of the Council is to champion the cyber security sector and its practitioners across the UK, providing broad representation for the industry, accelerating awareness and promoting excellence in the profession.

Simon continued: “Our other event provided the region’s practitioners with an opportunity to feed into and advise on the professional and ethical standards that cyber security professionals will follow throughout their career journeys.

UK Cyber Security Council CEO Simon Hepburn

“The Council is encouraging those who already work in, or are interested in a career in, cyber security to engage in future forums. They will help us to co-design with the industry, developing and aligning both standards and career paths for a vital sector, which will increasingly impact all our lives in the years to come.”

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