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Why cyber training equates to more pay

By Sean Aylmer

According to recruitment group Talent.com, the average cyber security salary in Australia is $116,392 per year, or just a touch under $60 an hour. That’s about 30 per cent higher than the average wage, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It gets better. The average entry level position in cyber is just under $98,000, which is still more than the average wage for all other jobs.

Gaining digital skills means earning more remuneration in the future. And it doesn’t have to be cyber security skills.

As Career Industry Council of Australia executive director David Carney tells The New Daily, there’s an “explosion” of digital skill and technology requirement.

His comments came after the release of a report by RMIT Online and Deloitte that shows people with digital skills can earn a nine per cent wage premium.

The technology skills in demand range across the spectrum, from cyber security to product roles, marketing jobs and help desks. Many of the skills in demand, according to the report, are as uncomplicated as being able to fully use a device and relevant software.

“Training in technology and cyber helps people get jobs not just in technology companies, but across the whole economy,” says Adam Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer of online training group Cyber Revolution.

“There are very few job descriptions that don’t ask for proficiency in technology. And it doesn’t have to be at the top of the technology tree. It can also be about fully understanding common software such as Microsoft Office.

“Getting some practical training in technology not only helps applicants get jobs, it also allows them to ask for more money,” Hewitt says.

Cyber Revolution provides training courses for beginners, those already on the technology path, and for experts.

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