Job Market Analysis

Job Market Analysis

The cybersecurity job market is currently in high demand, and there is a high demand for qualified professionals. As the world becomes more digitized and interconnected, cyberattacks are on the rise, so there is currently a desperate need for security professionals.

There are a variety of career opportunities in cybersecurity, including cybersecurity analysts, penetration testers, incident responders or security architects. Companies of all sizes need specialists to protect their digital systems and data.

Stellenbörsen in Deutschland

There are many job boards in Germany where you can search for jobs. Here are some of the most popular job boards in Germany:


It is also important to know that many companies post their job openings on their own websites.


Stepstone offers a wide range of cybersecurity jobs. On the website, you can make a targeted search request for cybersecurity jobs.
There are a variety of job openings from junior to senior positions. Duties and requirements vary by job posting and company, but in general, expertise in the following areas is expected:

  • Network Security
  • Application Security
  • Data Encryption
  • Incident Reponse
  • Compliance

Many companies in the IT, finance, retail, or healthcare industries regularly post jobs for relevant cybersecurity positions. 

Salary Analysis

The salary of cybersecurity experts depends on various factors, such as work experience, position, industry and location. Here are some average values for various cybersecurity positions in Germany:

  • IT Security Officer: between 50,000 and 80,000 euros gross per year.
  • IT Security Manager: between 70,000 and 120,000 euros gross per year.
  • Penetration Tester: between 60,000 and 90,000 euros gross per year.
  • Incident Responder: between 60,000 and 100,000 euros gross per year.
  • Ethical Hacker: between 50,000 and 90,000 euros gross per year.
Companies from the financial sector or telecommunications tend to pay higher salaries in comparison. Other factors also include the size or location of a company as well as individual experience and qualifications of the applicant.

Job Statistics in Germany

There is a high demand for cybersecurity professionals in Germany. Here are some facts and figures:

  • According to industry association Bitkom, about 60 percent of German companies have experienced at least one IT security incident in 2021, increasing the demand for cybersecurity experts.
  • According to a study by Robert Half from 2021, 86 percent of the companies surveyed in Germany have difficulty finding suitable candidates for IT security positions.
  • According to a 2021 study by StepStone, job openings in the IT security field have increased significantly in recent years. In 2017, for example, there were around 2,500 job openings in this field, while in 2021 there were already over 8,000.
  • According to a study conducted by Honeypot in 2021, the average salary for cybersecurity experts in Germany is around 80,000 euros per year.
Companies have difficulty finding qualified candidates. Average salaries are therefore high to fill the shortage of skilled workers.

Cybersecurity Positions

ECSF last published the following cybersecurity positions in September 2022:

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cyber Incident Responder
  • Cyber Legal, Policy & Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cybersecurity Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Educator
  • Cybersecurity Implementer
  • Cybersecurity Researcher
  • Cybersecurity Risk Manager
  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Penetration Tester
The designations may vary depending on responsibilities. Alternative titles are also used for some positions.
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