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The Great Resignation is real: 62% of cyber execs open to new jobs in 2022

The Great Resignation is real: 62% of cyber execs open to new jobs in 2022

One in three UK cybersecurity employees are looking to leave their jobs this year, according to the latest research

A brand new survey by Cybershark Recruitment, in partnership with SC Media UK, which polled 1,200 workers, found that 37 percent of respondents are ‘definitely’ looking to change roles in 2022.

What’s more, over one quarter of respondents (26 percent) said ‘they weren’t looking but would move if approached’. 

In total, nearly 63 percent of UK cyber employees would be open to taking a new job in 2022.

Erika Lance, chief human resources officer from KnowBe4, told SC Media UK that The Great Resignation is an “absolutely real concept”.

“Lifestyles have changed and people are reassessing their work-life balance. If employers mandate returning to the office, they may lose people that have realised their priorities have changed and they don’t want to do the long commute and value family time more,” says Lance.

Tim Grieveson, CISO at industrial software firm AVEVA, says: “The pandemic has enabled many employees to see a different way of working. Organisations who have an inflexible model will lose those staff who want to balance home life with work.”

“Zoom fatigue”

Azeem Aleem, managing director, Northern Europe, Sygnia, pointed to ‘Zoom fatigue’ as a reason cyber employees could be leaving in their droves.

“Working from home can place extra stress on employees. A hazy work-life balance can place undue pressure on staff, if not managed effectively – which may result in resignations.”

Aleem added that the market for specialist cybersecurity professionals is “very attractive”. 

“Companies need to invest in the continuous professional development of their employees. It’s so important for cyber staff to be seen as moving up the career ladder.”

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SALARY BY LOCATION: The North/South divide is alive and well.

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Download the full UK Cyber Security Salary Survey 2022, conducted by Cybershark Recruitment, in partnership with SC Media, here

The UK Cybersecurity Salary Survey 2022 polled 1,200 infosec leaders across England, Scotland and Wales from November–December 2021. The online survey was conducted anonymously.