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Security contractors are in demand

Are you an IT security specialist? Then you’re going to be in demand, according to new research from recruitment specialist Sonovate published in Global Recruiter and elsewhere.

It could be the atmosphere of uncertainty due to global terrorism or incidents such as the leak of user details from illicit affair site Ashley Madison or a combination of many factors, but the demand for security professionals has increased by 19 per cent over the last year and the company anticipates it will go up a further 30 per cent during the next 12 months.

Sonovate has based the research on the amount of live jobs being offered at any given time, and it found that user experience (UX in the trade) is the second most popular search, going up some 17 per cent over the last year.

The highest demand overall was for security consultants rather than staff. This suggests either that the companies involved want serious specialists but don’t anticipate needing them for long, therefore want a short term contract only, or that the sudden need for further security measures has caught people on the hop and they don’t yet have the budget in the payroll.