In an attempt to keep GCHQ staff in IT security jobs, the government agency is offering a bonus system to talented technical employees. Traditionally those in cyber security jobs are often tempted away by better prospects at advanced technology private businesses such as Microsoft and Google.
This initiative has been backed by the government and offers retention payments and information security recruitment packages to make working for the GCHQ more competitive. Aiming to make the salary and benefits as attractive as possible the agency is also challenged with ensuring taxpayers feel they are getting value for their money.
Actual figures have not been revealed but reports that IT security specialist could be on
‘tens of thousands of pounds’
was said to be untrue. A spokesperson commented:
“We are never likely to be able to compete with high-tech companies on salary alone. We clearly value our staff and their contribution to our unique mission in support of the UK’s national security and economic wellbeing.”
It was also added that similar packages are offered to other niche and specialist fields in the agency.
There has been a strong IT security recruitment drive to find the future generation of information risk experts with a recent code breaking campaign in late 2011. The government has struggled to hold onto those taking up information security vacancies and has acknowledged the importance of creating competitive positions. The spokesperson went on to say:
“GCHQ is also considering other measures to attract and retain suitably skilled staff in greater numbers.”
This can only bode well for those looking for IT security jobs in the public sector as a whole.