UK’s cyber security skills crisis ‘eases’

14 July 2017

A surge in interest from candidates has helped shrink Britain’s cyber security skills gap, according to global job site Indeed.

At the start of this year, the firm found that the country’s cyber security skills gap was the second worst in the world after Israel.

But its latest study published in June revealed that the shortage of professionals with the most in-demand skills has “eased” by 36 per cent in the last two years.

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IISP unveils new infosec skills framework

14 July 2017

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has launched a new version of its Skills Framework, which it claims is widely accepted as the de facto standard for measuring the knowledge, experience and competency of information security and assurance professionals. 

The not-for-profit organisation says the 2017 version reflects the evolving threat landscape, new technologies and significant changes in cyber skill profiles and challenges.

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“Inadequate” digital knowledge among frontline council staff

07 June 2017

Eduserve’s Jos Creese says frontline council workers are getting “left behind” on the digital journey”.

Eduserve’s Jos Creese says frontline council workers are getting “left behind” on the digital journey”.

Poor digital literacy among frontline local government workers is holding back change projects, according to a new survey from the Public Sector People Manager’s Association (PPMA) and Eduserv, a not-for-profit provider of IT services to the public sector.

While most respondents agreed digital knowledge had improved across the council, only a minority reported significant improvements.

Sixty-six per cent of PPMA members said they needed to go further in developing a plan to improve digital skills in their organisation.

Four in ten HR leaders said there had been no change in the digital skills of frontline workers and a similar number rated digital literacy of this employee group as “inadequate”, significantly more than any other employee group. 

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Balancing the IT gender gap

07 June 2017

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The FDM Group is helping to build a “strong pipeline” of women, according to its CCO Sheila Flavell.

The FDM Group has reported an average gender pay gap of six per cent and a median pay gap of zero per cent compared to the national average of 18.1 per cent.

A professional services company with a focus on IT, FDM is an early adopter of gender pay gap reporting introduced by the government in April.

This requires organisations with 250 or more employees to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female workers. Companies have until April 2018 to report their figures. 

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