Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2021

This is a summary of research into the UK cyber security labour market, carried out on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The research explores the nature and extent of cyber security skills gaps (people lacking appropriate skills) and skills shortages (a lack of people available to work in cyber security job roles) using a mixture of:

  • Representative surveys with cyber sector businesses and the wider population of UK organisations (businesses, charities and public sector organisations – with this summary focusing on businesses)
  • Qualitative research with recruitment agents, cyber firms and large organisations in various sectors
  • A secondary analysis of cyber security job postings on the Burning Glass Technologies database


Cyber skills – what are they and how can you develop them?

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Cyber security really does have the potential to be the most diverse industry in the world.

When I say diverse I’m not thinking of sex, race or ethnicity although they are important. I’m talking about diversity of thought and the diversity of learning styles. You don’t have to be an academic to work in cyber security.

Free training resources are available online if you want to train in this area.

Whether you're young, knocking on a bit or returning to work after time out, you can roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of free and cheap resources available to you now:

Microsoft learn 

Hak5 on YouTube 

Women in particular seem to have this tendency to wait until the right moment - “I’ll apply for that job when I know more” or “I'll put myself forward for that when I've finished another course”.

Believe me there is no better time to get into cyber security than now, regardless of your skill level.

If you are willing to take the most junior role (which often pays more than you think), if you're willing to work hard, and if you're willing to take charge of your own development outside of work then you can get into cyber security.

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