The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of Security role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Head of Security in their job title over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Head of Security
Rank 618 620 610
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 40 11 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.020% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.075% 0.021% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 6 2
Average daily rate £600 £475 £538
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -11.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £425 £488
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £550 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £550 - £538
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £82.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £82.50 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
53058 52916 51575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32091 31451
Average daily rate £425 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2122 2107
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Head of Security
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Head of Security in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Head of Security Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Head of Security
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Head of Security within the UK.

Head of Security Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Head of Security
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Head of Security Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Head of Security
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Head of Security within the UK.

Head of Security Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Head of Security
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England 0 40 £600 +26.31% 6
London +23 35 £600 +26.31% 3
City of London +42 4 £650 +33.33% 2
South East -21 3 £550 - 1
Croydon - 3 £550 -
Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
Leeds - 2 - - 2
West Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
Hampshire - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £550 -
West Sussex - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Crawley - 1 - -

Head of Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of Security in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Head of Security in their job title.

1 34 (44.74%) SC Cleared
1 34 (44.74%) Security Cleared
2 33 (43.42%) Information Security
3 29 (38.16%) Security Operations
4 23 (30.26%) CISM
5 21 (27.63%) Information Assurance
6 20 (26.32%) Risk Management
7 18 (23.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 17 (22.37%) CISSP
9 15 (19.74%) CISA
10 14 (18.42%) DV Cleared
10 14 (18.42%) Data Centre
11 13 (17.11%) CESG
12 12 (15.79%) Finance
12 12 (15.79%) Risk Assessment
12 12 (15.79%) Big Data
13 11 (14.47%) Analytics
13 11 (14.47%) User Experience
13 11 (14.47%) Firewall
13 11 (14.47%) Open Source
13 11 (14.47%) Cloud Computing
14 10 (13.16%) TOGAF
15 9 (11.84%) Security Management
15 9 (11.84%) Management Information System
15 9 (11.84%) Stakeholder Management
16 8 (10.53%) CTI
16 8 (10.53%) Degree
16 8 (10.53%) Enterprise Architecture
16 8 (10.53%) SFIA
16 8 (10.53%) Cybersecurity

Head of Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of Security in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Head of Security in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (1.32%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (14.47%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 11 (14.47%) Firewall
2 8 (10.53%) CTI
3 3 (3.95%) Internet
3 3 (3.95%) Intranet
3 3 (3.95%) LAN
3 3 (3.95%) WAN
3 3 (3.95%) Wireless
4 1 (1.32%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.79%) Big Data
General
1 12 (15.79%) Finance
2 4 (5.26%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.63%) Banking
3 2 (2.63%) French Language
3 2 (2.63%) Italian Language
3 2 (2.63%) Law
3 2 (2.63%) Polish Language
3 2 (2.63%) Spanish Language
4 1 (1.32%) Electronics
4 1 (1.32%) Legal
Miscellaneous
1 14 (18.42%) Data Centre
2 13 (17.11%) CESG
3 11 (14.47%) User Experience
4 9 (11.84%) Management Information System
5 6 (7.89%) Cryptography
6 2 (2.63%) Cybercrime
7 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.32%) BYOD
7 1 (1.32%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (1.32%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.32%) e-Learning
7 1 (1.32%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.32%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (1.32%) Security Operations Centre
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (43.42%) Information Security
2 29 (38.16%) Security Operations
3 21 (27.63%) Information Assurance
4 20 (26.32%) Risk Management
5 12 (15.79%) Risk Assessment
6 11 (14.47%) Analytics
6 11 (14.47%) Open Source
7 10 (13.16%) TOGAF
8 9 (11.84%) Security Management
8 9 (11.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (10.53%) Cybersecurity
9 8 (10.53%) Enterprise Architecture
9 8 (10.53%) SFIA
10 7 (9.21%) ITIL
11 5 (6.58%) Business Process Improvement
11 5 (6.58%) Process Improvement
12 4 (5.26%) Security Architecture
13 3 (3.95%) Disaster Recovery
14 2 (2.63%) Business Continuity
14 2 (2.63%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.95%) C
Qualifications
1 34 (44.74%) SC Cleared
1 34 (44.74%) Security Cleared
2 23 (30.26%) CISM
3 17 (22.37%) CISSP
4 15 (19.74%) CISA
5 14 (18.42%) DV Cleared
6 8 (10.53%) Degree
7 7 (9.21%) Network+ Certification
8 3 (3.95%) CISMP
9 1 (1.32%) CEH
9 1 (1.32%) CESG Certified Professional
9 1 (1.32%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (23.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (6.58%) COBIT
2 5 (6.58%) COSO
3 3 (3.95%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (1.32%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 2 (2.63%) TOWER Software
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft