Cybersecurity recruitment in 2021 has never been more exciting. If we go back to the start of the pandemic, it was well-documented that organizations went into “survival mode” when the pandemic started to hit. Thousands of live positions were put on hold and there were some cases of candidates having had offers retracted by certain companies.
The chaos was clear. There were frightened clients protecting costs wherever they could, and hiring was often the first cut made. Frightened candidates hunkered down and became nervous to make any career moves during such an uncertain time. We saw some cyber specialists furloughed, some made redundant, there were big cuts in penetration testing hiring, and many consultancy companies paused hiring altogether for large swaths of 2020. We also saw the new challenges of having to onboard remotely, the new delays this caused for start dates, the cancellation of bonuses, the voluntary pay cuts and the stress and anxiety all of this created.
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