Demand for Security Specialist Grows Rapidly

The demand for security specialists has more than doubled in the past three years. In the third quarter there were almost 800 vacancies open for security specialists, compared to 380 in the last quarter of 2016. The number of vacancies for analysts has grown by 17%.




Another interesting finding is that in Q3 compared to Q2 the demand for ‘Security Specialist’ grew by 9.4% (from 702 to 768). This can be concluded from an analysis of the IT labour market by iSense. Research by based on data from Indeed shows that jobs for security consultants are one of the hardest openings to fill. After 60 days 56% is still open.


Striking is that the number of vacancies for 12 out of 14 programmer jobs has decreased. Especially the decrease in demand for .NET, PHP, JAVA and Linux/Unix developers is notable says iSense. The demand for programmers had been growing steadily since 2014. Contrary to this downward trend the demand for programmers of industrial systems (PLC: Programmable logic controller) grew 3,9% from 1021 to 1061. This increase hints to the increased attention for IoT and robotics with security. Within The Hague Security Delta we also notice the increasing importance of combining Operational technology with Information Technology. This brings with it new risks and an increasingly complex stakeholder field which requires thinking in chains rather than individual organisations. Aside from technical knowledge, competences like collaborating, communication and themes like risk thinking and governance are increasingly important.



Number of IT jobs is growing

The total number of IT-related vacancies in The Netherlands grew by 9,5% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period the year before. Compared to the last quarter of 2017 though, there is a small decline of 0.4% noticeable.


The number of IT-vacancies in Enschede has rising notably fast. Compared to the last quarter of 2014 there is an increase of 25,6%. On average the number of vacancies in Enschede increases by 5% per quarter. In the third quarter of 2017 this percentage is significantly higher.



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