Demand for IT security personnel in the Copenhagen Metropolitan Area

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In this report, the demand for employees with competences in IT security is surveyed. The survey was carried out on behalf of KEA and is to be included in the assessment of the need to create and provide an IT security education at KEA. The study is based on an analysis of HBS-Jobindex, a database of all online job postings in Denmark since 2007. By using statistical text analysis, it is possible to systematise job postings according to the types of jobs and skills demanded by companies (both private and public). In the analysis, the number of job postings is used as an indicator of the trend in the demand for labour within the IT security field.

Main results

The survey indicates the following:

  • In 2016, there were almost 480 online job postings for employees with IT security skills in the Capital Region of Denmark. From experience, this covers approx. 850 jobs in the field, partly because some job postings contain more than one job, and partly because not all jobs are posted online.
  • Demand for labour within IT security in the Capital Region of Denmark decreased significantly from 2008 to 2009 as a result of the financial crisis but has been steadily increasing since. From 2009 to 2016, the annual number of job postings grew from around 200 to the current just under 500.
  • The demand for labour in IT security has increased more than the demand for other types of labour in the Capital Region of Denmark. Thus, the level in 2016 is at the same level as the demand before the financial crisis. On the other hand, demand for the total labour market is only around ¾ of what it was before the crisis.
  • 1 out of 20 jobs within the specialised IT field relates to IT security. This share has been reasonably constant since 2007.
    IT security skills are in demand fairly widely across different industries in the Capital Region of Denmark. The largest customer is the ICT industry, which accounts for 28% of demand. After that comes the sectors of public administration, defence and police (24%) and knowledge services (16%).
  • In 2016, there were about 140 unique employers (companies and public institutions) who recruited for labour in this area. Over the past 5 years, more than 440 different companies and institutions in the Capital Region of Denmark have recruited for labour in this area via an online job posting.

The study is commissioned by the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.


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