Cyber skills survey

Ipsos MORI has been commissioned by DCMS to survey UK businesses, charities and public sector organisations on their cyber skills needs.

Cyber skills survey

Ipsos MORI has been commissioned by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to survey UK businesses, charities and public sector organisations on their cyber skills needs.

The survey will be taking place by telephone in June and July 2018. During this period, some organisations will be called by an Edinburgh-based Ipsos MORI interviewer (on 0131 561 4532) inviting them to take part.

What reassurances can we give about the survey?

  • Taking part is confidential for all individuals and organisations.
  • The survey is intended to generate Government statistics, and is not trying to sell you anything.
  • Findings will be published on this web page in late 2018. We can send survey respondents a copy of the summary report.
  • You can download our privacy notice (PDF).

What is the purpose of the survey?

This is an important Government survey that is intended to provide up-to-date findings on the cyber skills and recruitment needs of UK organisations. The survey will inform Government policy on skills and cyber security, and the support it offers to organisations like yours around skills and recruitment.

Who is being invited to take part?

Businesses and public sector across the UK have been selected at random from the Government's Inter-Departmental Business Register. Registered charities have also been selected to take part, using details from the Charities Commission database in England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and the Charities Commission for Northern Ireland.

Within these businesses and charities, we are inviting the most senior person at your organisation who is involved in cyber security. We know this might be a specific individual employed in this role, or a director, trustee or business owner. It may also be the person in your organisation who deals with an outsourced IT or cyber security provider.

The survey is not technical, and participants do not need any specific IT knowledge.
We would still like to speak to you even if you have not had any cyber security issues or if you outsource your cyber security. We will not ask irrelevant questions.

What does participation involve?

Participation will involve a telephone conversation with an interviewer from Ipsos MORI. On average interviews last around 15 minutes, though the actual interview length may vary depending on the answers that you give. The interview will take place at a time that is convenient for you.

  • The report will be published here later this year

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