Network Security Concerns Drive Hiring for Cyber Security Professionals, Up by 20%

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Employers posted more than 7,800 cyber security job ads during April, growing 20% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

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During April, more than 7,800 jobs were advertised online for cyber security professionals in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. With secure networks and data storage a concern for most public and private organizations, hiring demand for cyber security talent has grown quickly. The number of job ads recently reached all-time highs. In April, demand was up 20% compared to April 2013 and more than 60% from two years ago.

The most commonly advertised job titles that require cyber security experience include:

1.    Cyber Security Analyst
2.    Cyber Security Engineer
3.    Software Engineer
4.    Systems Engineer
5.    Systems Administrator
6.    Network Engineer
7.    Program Manager
8.    Information Technology Security Specialist
9.    Cyber Security Specialist
10.    Information Security Analyst

Cyber security professionals are in-demand across the United States. The metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings in April were Washington (DC), Baltimore, New York, Boston, and San Diego. The Washington, DC metro area saw the most available positions; however, Boston experienced the greatest growth in demand over the past year of these five areas. Here, the number of job ads that were available during April was up 120% compared to the same time period last year. New York saw the second highest growth of these cities, up 88%.

As more employers focus on securing information and networks and external threats evolve, hiring demand for cyber security jobs is likely to continue. Currently, the supply of potential candidates with the required experience creates a very challenging market for employers. According to the Hiring Scale™, cyber security jobs score an 88, out of a possible 99. (Over the past 12 months, the Hiring Scale score has increased 12 points, confirming that Recruiters are likely to experience more difficulties when filling jobs.) In addition, employers across the United States spend an average of 6 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for cyber security positions.

However, each location and region of the US will experience a varying degree of difficulty when recruiting. Companies in Hartford (Connecticut) and Minneapolis (Minnesota) are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged as hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in these areas remain online for an average of 7 weeks.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations that are likely to find these jobs less difficult to fill are Nashville (Tennessee) and Orlando (Florida). Larger talent supply compared to the little hiring demand by employers in these metro areas means that Recruiters are likely to fill open cyber security positions faster than average.

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 see WANTED’s Analysis at

A free trial of WANTED Analytics is available at

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 one billion 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.

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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