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Female cyber security leaders earn more than their male counterparts, new research into salaries in the industry has shown. A survey by PGI Cyber and Harvey Nash found that women in senior security roles take home an average of £115,714 a year, while men earn £97,619.

According to the researchers, the reason for this is “likely due to the fact that there are fewer women candidates available in the talent pool”.

In addition, the growing demand for diversity in IT means women can command higher salaries. “The main causes for less women being in the sector is often down to it being perceived as a male-dominated area,” said PGI Cyber. “However, this is changing.

“Now is a great time for women to seek employment in the cyber security sector. Initiatives to encourage women into the industry are underway, and support groups are in place.” The average base salary for senior cyber security professionals overall was £99,141.

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