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Information security and business continuity skills will be in high demand for 2011, according to the latest Barclay Simpson's Interim Market Report.
IT security professionals seeking new opportunities are likely to benefit most, with salary increases for those changing employers peaking at 13% in the first half of 2011, while salary increases achieved by most of those staying with existing employers matching inflation at best.
An increase in demand in 2010 was heavily biased towards banking, the report says, but has now broadened out across a wide range of users and consultancies.
An increase in the number of high-profile cyber attacks is one of the key drivers of employment opportunities for information security practitioners.
The report also notes that awareness of business continuity (BC) management continues to improve and global events regularly bring the need for BC into focus.
Other drivers for demand include the January 2012 deadline for all PCI DSS assessments to be under version 2.0 of the standard, growing spending on cloud security, and increased use of penetration testing services.