Stealing Data? Watch Out: Hiring for Privacy Officers Grows 56% as Corporate and Consumer Security Concerns Increase

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Recruiters posted more than 400 online job ads for Privacy Analysts and Specialists in the past 90 days, growing 56% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During the past 90 days, more than 400 job ads were posted online for Privacy Officers and Consultants, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. With consumer privacy concerns growing, hiring demand for specialized job functions that identify risks, monitor the flow of information, and comply with developing regulations has increased. Overall, the volume of job ads over the past 90 days increased 56% compared to the same 90-day period last year and about 115% versus two years ago.

The majority of job listings were seen for technology positions. Approximately one-quarter of the jobs advertised online were for Computer Security Specialists, the most of any occupational field, at a 50% year-over-year increase. Other fields with a high-demand for experience with privacy control were medical and health services managers, financial examiners, and legal positions, all of which also experienced year-over-year increases in the volume of online job ads. The most commonly advertised job titles that included this job responsibility were Security Privacy Consultant (or Analyst), Privacy Officer, Customer Privacy Manager, Compliance Privacy Manager, and Health Systems Privacy Compliance Specialist.

Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job listings for Privacy Specialists were New York (New York), Seattle (Washington), Washington (DC), Chicago (Illinois), and San Francisco (California). Employers in Seattle experienced one of the highest year-over-year increases in demand, up 250% from last year. Washington, DC was one of the few locations across the United States to see a decline in hiring, down about 48% in the past 90 days compared to the same time period last year.

Companies sourcing candidates with privacy control experience are likely to find openings difficult-to-recruit. According to the Hiring Scale™, companies in Chicago are currently experiencing more difficult conditions when recruiting candidates with this skill set. Hiring demand in Chicago continues to grow (up about 170% in the past year), while the local talent pool of qualified professionals is not growing at the same pace. Employers in this area are likely to compete heavily to attract qualified talent and experience a longer time-to-fill than other areas across the United States. The average duration of a Privacy Analyst or Specialist job ad in Chicago is one week longer than the national average. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best markets for recruiting these skills are Los Angeles (California), Miami (Florida), and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). These areas are likely to fill job openings faster than the rest of the United States, since hiring demand is low compared to the available talent supply.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 600 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

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