Demand for IT security contractors is exploding
by Jasmin Swayne
Further evidence has emerged that Umbrella Company Employees and other contracting professionals with specialist cybersecurity skills will see unprecedented demand for their talents and services in 2017.
The Manchester-headquartered engineering and technical recruiter Morson International has reported a ten per cent increase in the number of specialist IT vacancies that it has worked on in the last 12 months. The cause is an urgently growing need among businesses to shield themselves from the escalating threat of cybercrime.
Over the last year, Morson has supplied 500,000 man hours’ worth of specialist IT contracting professionals, a task that has necessitated the doubling of its own in-house IT recruitment consultant staff to cope with the mushrooming demand.
Commenting, Morson International’s Sales Director, David Lynchehaun, explained that cybercrime is now prominent on the Government’s agenda, as it poses a genuine risk to business – so much so, in fact, that it is now designated as a Tier One threat to national security, which is the same level as terrorist attacks.
Citing massive high-profile Distributed Denial of Serve (DDoS) attacks in 2016 against global names such as Netflix, CNN and Twitter, he said that further attacks are likely to become more common this year, adding: “Our success is down to a deep understanding of our client’s and candidate’s requirements.
“The IT market, albeit not as much as nuclear engineering, is suffering from a shortage of security talent. We’re certainly looking to other related industries to see where the transferable skills lie.”
Mr Lynchehaun emphasised that, given the deeply regulated tech and engineering industries that Morson operates in, much effort necessarily has to be put into assisting candidates and clients in the effective processing of requisite security clearances.
Despite these inevitable security encumbrances, demand for cybersecurity professionals is proliferating. Within its contractor portfolio, Morson International includes over 500 IT security experts working for giant brands such as Thales and BT.
Because of the vigorously rising demand for cybersecurity expertise, the recruiter estimates that by 2020, the global market will require 1.5 million more exceptionally skilled IT security contractors.
Mr Lynchehaun went on to say that Morson International’s long history in the defence and aerospace sectors has enabled it to see that the skills and role requirements in these industries mesh neatly with IT security and cyber.
He added: “This background places us at the forefront of supplying not only talent, but also in advising our clients on intelligent resource strategies to exploit areas of opportunity.”