Aerospace and defence giant Raytheon is known globally for its military hardware, including equipping the F-35 with its precision weapons, including AMRAAM, and navigation system and is developing advanced hypersonic weaponry. However, the prime’s biggest current recruitment drive is in cybersecurity, according to the GlobalData jobs analytics tool.

Over the last month, Raytheon has posted 3,223 new jobs, contributing to a total of 6,429 currently active. Of these, 1,230 are in cybersecurity, significantly higher than the next highest sectors – 200 in artificial intelligence and 91 in Internet of Things.

The demand remains consistent over the beginning of 2021, with 445 new cybersecurity jobs posted and 426 closed. Raytheon’s vacancies make up over half of the 5,501 cybersecurity jobs in the aerospace, defence and security (ADS) sector recorded by GlobalData over the last month. Of these, 63% are based in North America, 31% in Europe, 4% in Asia Pacific and 1% in the Middle East and Africa.

Of Raytheon’s cybersecurity vacancies, seven are senior. These include electronic warfare systems programme operations director roles in El Segundo and senior IOS computer network operations (CNO) vacancies, location not specified.

Perhaps more significant is the number of junior roles Raytheon is advertising, with a total of 86 US-based vacancies. These include several summer internships, reflecting a global push to direct young people into cybersecurity careers to fill the skills gap.

In November 2020, non-profit organisation ISC2 reported that although the global shortfall in cybersecurity professionals fell for the first time, there remained a skills gap of 3.12 million people. In the same period, 700,000 individuals joined the industry, expanding its ranks to around 3.5 million.