Cybersecurity chiefs in U.K. and U.S. technology companies are set to see a significant salary bump next year, a study shows, as companies look to bolster their defenses following major hacking breaches.
Chief information security officers (CSO) at British technology firms are expected to earn between £97,500 ($156,478) and £145,250 in 2015, up 5.7 percent from 2014, according to recruitment firm Robert Half. The salary rise outstrips the 2.6 percent average increase across all professional roles in finance and accounting, financial services, information technology and administration that Robert Half surveyed.
In the U.S., CSOs will see a 7.1 percent salary rise to a range of $134,250 to $204,750 next year.
"Technology hiring continues its upward climb, with employment within the industry forecast to grow at 2.19 percent a year, nearly five times faster than the UK average," Robert Half said in a press release.
"The market is being driven by the end of years of under-investment in IT systems plus technology advancements that are driving huge business change and new ventures."