Britain's top cyber security experts are earning more than £10,000 a day for providing major companies with protection against sophisticated hackers, according to a study.
A survey conducted by recruiter Manpower revealed that the hourly rates charged by IT security experts were likely to continue rising in 2016, with less experienced contractors already charging more than £3,000 a day to protect vulnerable IT systems and sensitive information.
The rise in IT contractor daily pay rates follows a number of recent high-profile attacks on major firms, including Sony, TalkTalk and JD Wetherspoon, during which personal and financial information of the companies and their customers was stolen.
According to Mark Cahill, UK managing director of Manpower, cyber attacks are taking place every day with a total annual cost to the global economy of up to $575 billion (£381 billion).
He continued: "Companies are having to invest heavily to protect themselves and they now believe that cyber breaches are inevitable, with their focus moving to responding to attacks rather than just prevention."
Mr Cahill argued that the limited pool of top security talent, along with increasing rise of significant threats, are just two of the factors contributing to the continually rising five-figure salaries commanded by the country's most experienced cyber security experts.