As the world continues to become more and more reliant on digital systems, the cyber industry is booming, with huge demand for cyber professionals.
As the cyber capital of the UK, Gloucestershire is brimming with opportunities, from iOS developer to ethical hacker, with SoGlos handpicking 9 interesting cyber jobs you could get in Gloucestershire – as part of SoGlos’s #CyberGlos campaign.
About the sponsors
Charles Russell Speechlys’ Cheltenham office advises regional, national and international clients ranging from multinational listed companies, government organisations, limited companies and partnerships to entrepreneurs, private individuals and their families. Its dedicated technology team includes experts on data protection and cyber security.
Salus Cyber is a certified provider of world-class cybersecurity services, based in Cheltenham. It helps clients identify and manage their cyber risks proactively and effectively and is the cybersecurity partner of choice for industry-leading organisations throughout the UK and Europe.
The University of Gloucestershire is an integral part of the county’s cyber community. It was the first institution in the country to offer cyber security degree apprenticeships and its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are helping to develop specialists in this field.
1. Technical cyber security engineer
The role of a cyber security engineer is more than building security systems – it’s to find possible vulnerabilities and secure the IT infrastructure of an entire organisation.
The three main areas of a cyber security engineer’s role are monitoring security measures for the company’s IT systems; identifying and advising on what systems must be in place in order for a company to be secure; and designing the actual systems and implement these throughout the business.
Entry level salaries start at around £39,076 per year, with more experienced workers making up to £70,000.
2. Cyber security lecturer
A cyber security lecturer needs to be passionate about the development of the next generation of cyber security specialists, sharing their own expertise and contributing values so that students start their careers with confidence and purpose.
Salaries for lecturers in cyber security start from £30,000.
3. Business analyst
A cyber business analyst is responsible for assessing the business needs of a project, converting these into formal business requirements and producing the documents that will allow the team to define, develop and implement a solution that will meet these needs.
The average salary for a business analyst is £52,500 with the opportunity to progress to a higher wage with more experience.
4. Senior cyber security consultant
A senior cyber security consultant provides expert knowledge in security protocols and systems to protect a company’s data and network. Those in this occupation perform internal research and analysis to help identify the strength and weaknesses of a business, preventing security breaches before they happen. Salus Cyber – based in Cheltenham – is currently recruiting for this particular role.
Salaries for senior cyber security consultants in the UK are around £60,000 per year.
5. Ethical hacker
Ethical hackers make authorised attempts to gain unauthorised access to a computer system, application, or data. This practice allows an organisation to identify security vulnerabilities which can then be resolved before a malicious attacker has the opportunity to exploit them.
Depending on the level of the individual ethical hackers abilities, the position boasts an impressive salary ranging from £27,000 to £100,000 upwards.
6. iOS developer
An iOS developer builds, tests, and refines applications for mobile devices that use Apple’s iOS operating systems – from social media platforms to productivity apps.
Developers are in high demand, with talent shortages resulting in large salaries of up to £70,000 a year.
7. Gameplay programmer
Perhaps a less obvious career choice in the cyber industry, a gameplay programmer will work with game designers to write the code that controls the interactions and objects within a game, as well as tuning how the game plays.
The average game programmer salary in the UK is £50,000 per year, with entry level positions starting at £40,000.
8. Office manager for cyber recruitment
Although this role is more admin based, it’s still an important position to hold within the cyber industry. An office manager in cyber recruitment will be responsible for ensuring the back office is looked after, as well as assisting with setup and preparation of new starters, scheduling meetings, and renewing corporate memberships, subscriptions, and accreditations.
Typical salaries for this position vary from £24,000 to £31,000 per year.
9. Cyber skills growth and enterprise co-ordinator
Enterprise co-ordinators play a key role in The Careers and Enterprise Company’s national programme and are critical to achieving its aim of motivating, inspiring and supporting young people to make informed choices about their futures.
Engaging with schools and colleges with initiatives to encourage young people to develop skills in digital and cyber, the enterprise co-ordinator role assists in helping these sectors across Gloucestershire. The salary for this role ranges from £30,000 to £40,000 depending on experience.
By Zoe Gater