Readers of this blog are well aware that the demand for quality IT professionals is heavily outpacing the number who are available in the IT channel, especially in areas like cybersecurity. This has led to stiff competition, as more businesses start pulling out all the stops to attract top talent. In many cases this means the almighty dollar.
A recent ClearanceJobs – a defense jobs portal – report surveyed 16,300 professionals with security clearance. Overall, compensation fell last year by 3 percent to an average of $88,447. However, cybersecurity professionals – who made up 22 percent of respondents – are one of the few groups seeing better paydays.
On the whole, 82 percent reported to having their salary either remain static or increase in 2012. On average, employees who are fighting cyber crime earn $101,198. There is a gap, however, between government workers ($99,309) and their industry peers ($107,260).
This salary disparity has led many professionals to test the job market. ClearanceJobs managing director Evan Lesser spoke about this while being interviewed by the Federal Times about the results of the report.
"It's no surprise that the government has said for a few years now that they are lacking in talent and that they're relying on industry to supply that skill set," he said. "I don't think there are 4,000 people with the skill level that they're looking for, with the clearances that they're looking for and with the certifications that they're looking for. I'm not an alarmist, but we're really sitting at a pretty vulnerable position."
As competition and compensation continues to grow, many IT Principles may start turning toward Solution Providers as an answer to their company challenges. VARs and MSPs that have partnered with VAR Staffing can push themselves over the top and become the resource enterprises turn to first.