Hiring for Hackers: Demand for Computer Security Specialists Grows 32%

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Recruiters posted more than 5,500 online job ads for Computer Security Specialists in March of 2012, increasing 32% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During March 2012, more than 5,500 jobs for Computer Security Specialists were advertised online, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Concerns over data and network security have grown in both the private and public sectors and hiring for this occupation grew 32% compared to the same month in 2011. In addition, the volume of job ads reached a new all-time high during March, with more than 1,600 organizations recruiting for this talent.

The most commonly required tools, technologies, and skills that potential candidates should have knowledge or experience of are:

1. Firewall
2. Information assurance
3. UNIX
4. Linux
5. Cyber security
6. Intrusion prevention system (IPS)
7. Network routers
8. Penetration testing
9. Microsoft Office
10. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job ads for Computer Security Specialists during March were Washington (DC), New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Baltimore. All five of these areas have seen year-over-year growth in hiring demand for this talent. However, Recruiters in Dallas posted more than twice the volume of ads in March 2012 than were listed online in March 2011.

Nationwide, companies sourcing candidates for computer security jobs are likely to find them hard-to-recruit, with varying degrees of difficulty in each location depending on the available talent supply. According to the Hiring Scale™, companies in Washington, DC are currently experiencing one of the most difficult conditions when recruiting candidates with these skills. Hiring demand in the Washington area remains the highest in the United States, while the local talent pool of qualified professionals does not meet the needs of employers. Recruiters in this area are likely to compete heavily to attract talent and experience a longer time-to-fill than many other areas across the United States. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best places to recruit computer security skills are currently College Station (Texas), Eau Claire (Wisconsin), and Mobile (Alabama). These areas are likely to fill job openings faster than the rest of the United States. Job ads in these areas are posted for an average of 5.5 weeks, one and a half weeks shorter than in Washington, DC.

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.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

The Hiring Scale is available at http://www.hiringscale.com.

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 http://www.wantedanalytics.com.

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.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

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