Cyber security skills shortages sees an increase in international hires

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Hiring within the cyber security market remained robust in the first half of 2018. Hiring remained busy with companies seeking to hire international candidates to combat the skills shortages within the market. 

We speak to Suzanne Feeney, Direcor at Robert Walters Ireland about the market during the first half of 2018. 


What are the current market trends?

"The Irish Information and Cyber Security market continues to move at a rapid pace, with companies steadily increasing the amount of hires in the first half of 2018. 40% of candidates placed by Robert Walters in 2018 have relocated from international markets including the UK, South Africa and Germany. We have seen an increase in organisations securing cyber professional’s with specialist skills by sponsoring Visa’s for non-EU nationals, with candidate’s placed from South Africa, Brazil and India. Candidates with 2-5 years’ experience are highly desirable within the market, resulting in an increase in salary when making the move between companies. Candidates with SOC experience are highly valued, as organisations aim to align themselves with the tech giants in Ireland.

As the occurrence of a cyber-attack towards an organisation’s database becomes more common and harmful, certain desirable skills are needed by organisations in the industry. These skills include threat hunting and monitoring, incident handling and response, and crossover skills including audit and compliance. 

Current professionals will be able to easily broaden their skill-sets with further training / professional certifications. And with colleges continuing to expand their coursework in line with cybersecurity, young talent will make an entrance in the Irish market in the near future."

What hiring trends do you expect to see in the second half of 2018? 

"We expect that the second half of 2018 will see a steady increase in the amount of job opportunities available in Dublin and across Ireland. As the risk of a cyber-attack increases, organisations will have to continue to forward plan their hiring needs.

We forecast that the infosec, cybersecurity & IT Risk industry will continue to grow exponentially as the need for experts within the industry increases."


Established in October 2017, our cyber security & IT risk division has experienced rapid growth within the market and continues to develop outstanding relationships with our candidates and clients in Dublin and across Ireland.  We work with global leaders in banking, insurance, consultancy and technology, and also with start-ups and Irish semi-state organisations. 

We recruit for the following roles: 

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Architect
  • Head of IT Risk
  • Information Security Officer (ISO)
  • SOC Analyst
  • Security Delivery Manager
  • Head of Technology Risk

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