IT opportunities are booming off the back of increased IT security sales, as vacancies with information security vendors jumped 206% year-on-year.

Latest statistics released by Infosec recruiters, JPE saw the increase in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same period during 2006, which it said shows that this market is growing ahead of other market trends in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The report also found the average base salaries rose by 62% during the same period.

It predicted further growth in all areas of IT security but particularly in product sets dealing with compliance and regulation issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI compliance and other information data security standards. “However, threats and attacks will get through even the best solution so the cycle continues. IT security is after all selling insurance not guarantees,” said JPE.

Gareth Balch, senior recruiter at JPE said: “Information security has proven yet again to be a high growth market in 2006. The market has evolved again and our clients are enjoying successful year on year sales growth. The confidence and optimism is evident as we are seeing strong 2007 projections as key organisations increase headcount yet again.

“Last year saw positive changes in the IT security market. The consolidation of many successful companies has flooded the candidate market with experienced IT security sales professionals. Organisations such as Ironport being purchased by Cisco and Secure Computing acquiring Ciphertrust not only affected the email security market, but also had a knock on effect to many other market sectors. The emergence of new vendors entering EMEA is comparable with any period in the past five years. These two forces have created great demand for professionals with a track record in information security.”