Research and analysis

Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2022

Research detailing skills needs and job vacancies across the UK cyber security sector.



This research into the UK cyber security labour market explores the nature and extent of cyber security skills gaps (people lacking appropriate skills) and skills shortages (a lack of people available to work in cyber security job roles) using a mixture of:

  • representative surveys with cyber sector businesses and the wider population of UK organisations (businesses, charities and public sector organisations – with this summary focusing on businesses)
  • qualitative research with recruitment agents, cyber firms and large organisations in various sectors
  • a secondary analysis of cyber security job postings on the Burning Glass Technologies database, as well as recruitment pool data originating from the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA)

This is the fourth iteration of the research, which has been carried out on a roughly annual basis. You can see the previous versions of this report below:

This work is part of the government’s £2.6 billion National Cyber Strategy to protect and promote the UK online. In particular it informs the government’s work to strengthen the UK’s cyber ecosystem by enhancing and expanding the nation’s cyber skills at every level.

Published 3 May 2022