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How contractors can help fill UK's cyber security knowledge gap

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Paystream

Wednesday 6th Dec, 2017

Only 50 per cent of UK organisations have access to the level of cyber security skills they need in order to protect their digital assets, a new report has revealed.

Research conducted by CWJobs has found that just 51 per cent of people applying for full-time IT positions actually receive any formalised cyber security training from their employer, which highlights significant gaps in knowledge in companies' infrastructure.

This therefore suggests that personal service company contractors and freelancers with cyber security expertise can expect to see an increase in demand for access to their skills. This is because companies know the importance of cyber protection, they just aren't always implementing it.

CWJobs found that 50 per cent of businesses specifically look for workers with cyber security expertise when hiring, but don't always necessarily get this.

What's more, less than one-quarter (22 per cent) of companies said they were training their current workers in this field, which suggests a widespread lack of knowledge on the topic.

Limited company contractors can therefore play a valuable role in filling these gaps, both in terms of helping firms to protect their digital assets and assisting in training up current workers in cyber security.

Overall, 82 per cent of respondents to the CWJobs survey said they struggled to fill cyber security roles, which indicates that there are plenty of opportunities for IT contractors and freelancers with the correct skills to go after.

Just last week, the UK government announced that it would be investing significantly in improving the country's digital skillset in the near future. Again, limited company contractors may find that they are called upon to help train up other IT workers in cyber security, as well as the next generation of experts.

Dominic Harvey, Director at CWJobs, commented: "It's really encouraging to see the government listened to the concerns of the tech industry and responded by putting in plans to upskill the next generation.

"Now that we have a commitment from government - and a clearer sense of where the skills are needed in areas like coding and cyber security - all parties can make a concerted effort to direct the new resources where they are needed most."