When the UK government published its National Cyber Strategy in December 2021, it outlined its commitment to strengthening the UK cyber ecosystem and aimed to give the UK a competitive edge and advance the skills and innovation needed to foster growth and create more cybersecurity jobs.
Almost two years on and the cyber sector has demonstrated strong growth with revenue increasing by £10.5bn, a 3% rise from the previous year, achieving 17% increase in gross value added (GVA) amounting to £6.2bn.
The sector continues to attract significant investment with £302m raised across 76 deals, and while these figures are less than the heady numbers experienced in 2020 and 2021 at £814m and £1.01bn respectively, the field remains in good standing.
The future of cybersecurity jobs in the UK
In fact, 5,300 jobs in cyber firms were added across all regions of the UK, with more than half of these jobs spread out around the country and located in firms based outside of London.
That being said, London remains the UK hub for cybersecurity with the likes of Sophos, AI-focused Darktrace and BAE Systems all based in the capital.
But job openings mean nothing if you don’t have the talent to fill them; the availability of higher education institutions offering a wealth of cybersecurity courses means the sector should have the workforce it needs to be supported in the future.
These include an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway which has been accredited by GCHQ, the intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing intelligence to the UK government and armed forces.
Similarly, both King’s College London and Cambridge offer cybersecurity programmes at different levels including Master’s, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate, the latter two being ideally suited to tech professionals already working within the cyber sector who want to upskill, or those working in a different area and who are ready to adapt their skills and pivot to a career in cybersecurity instead.
Whatever your current situation, if a career in cybersecurity is on your radar, the UKTN Job Board is the ideal place to start your search.
It features thousands of roles across the sector, including the three cybersecurity jobs in the UK below.
Senior cloud application security architect m/f/t, RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, London
The senior cloud application security architect will be an integral part of RWE’s journey of adopting DevSecOps for delivery of applications, championing the areas of threat modelling, secure design, and secure implementation all the way to secure operation.
In this role you will design and implement secure infrastructure, provide hands-on support to teams in the fields of application security architecture, identity and access management and IT security control design and their implementation, the selection of appropriate security tools and services for the application portfolio and their S-SDLC processes, including the consideration of recommended practice and costs and support.
UK information assurance practitioner lead, Northrop Grumman, London
As a key member of the cybersecurity team, the UK information assurance practioner lead will be accountable for reviewing requirements, assessing risk and providing oversight and guidance to UK operations on Northrop Grumman and customer best practice and governance frameworks to ensure compliance for both on-premise and cloud environments.
Reporting to the cybersecurity manager, you will be customer facing and an integral team member in managing and maintaining information assurance standards for UK operations and programmes for new environments and at change control boards engaging with external partners.
Cybersecurity risk lead, BCT Resourcing, London
BCT Resourcing is working with a UK global financial services client to find a cyberrisk and security specialist to take on the role of cybersecurity risk lead. This role sits within a rapidly growing and market leading cyber reinsurance brokerage, experiencing annual growth of 33% per year.
As such you will work with colleagues to provide expert insight, translating cybersecurity concepts and events and their implications for internal and external stakeholders, contribute to the development and delivery of a diverse range of consultancy services to end-clients around the creation of new cyber products and services, and develop new technological solutions to enable clients to enhance their understanding of cyber risk.