Senior Female Cyber Security Professionals Earn More than Their Male Equivalents by Matthew Olney

According to the PGI/Harvey Nash Cyber Security Survey 2016, senior female cyber security professionals were shown to earn more than their male counterparts.

The survey represents the views of almost 200 senior cyber security professionals and showed that the average base salary for senior cyber security professionals is just under £100k per year at around £99,141. Competition between businesses to hire the best people is fierce, which means that wages are likely to remain high, or even increase, as demand for people with the right skills rises.

Women in senior roles in the industry were shown to earn an average salary of £115,714 whilst their male counterparts earn £97,619. The reason why women earn more is likely due to the fact that there are fewer women candidates available in the talent pool. This is combined with a growing demand for diverse IT and leadership teams, so female information security professionals can expect to command a salary premium, especially for senior roles.

The main causes for less women being in the sector often come down to it being perceived as a male dominated area, however, this is changing. Now is a great time for women to seek employment in the cyber security sector. Initiatives to encourage women into the industry are underway, and support groups are in place.

Despite the view that the sector is male dominated, women considering getting a career in the sector should remember that some of the most influential pioneers of the sector were women. From Hedy Lamarr and Ada Lovelace to Joan Clarke, women have played key roles in the development of computer technology.

The future is looking bright for the cyber security sector and great opportunities for cyber security professionals regardless of their genders are set to arise. Good pay and a choice of roles is another factor that should be considered. With competition between business fierce to hire cyber security professionals, wages are set to see a solid increase.

About PGI

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Whether you are a small company or large organisation, PGI can help make your business as secure as it needs to be. Our team of world-class cyber experts are some of the best qualified in the country, allowing you to rest easy that you are in safe hands with us.
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