The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of Information Security role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Head of Information Security in their job title over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Head of Information Security
Rank 849 865 863
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -2
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 32 27 10
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.026% 0.009%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.032% 0.027% 0.010%
Number of salaries quoted 29 20 10
Average salary £80,000 £60,000 £80,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+33.33% -25.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £62,000 £52,500 £75,000
10% offered a salary of more than £105,000 £85,000 £87,500
UK excluding London average salary £85,000 £60,000 -
% change year-on-year
+41.66% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent 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 permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
101499 99519 101734
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.83% 94.46% 94.93%
Number of salaries quoted 83699 79930 86037
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Head of Information Security
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Head of Information Security Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Head of Information Security
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Head of Information Security within the UK.

Head of Information Security Salary Trend in the UK

Head of Information Security
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Head of Information Security over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 within the UK.

Head of Information Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of Information Security
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Information Security within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 32 £80,000 +33.33%
London +36 24 £79,500 -6.47%
City of London - 7 £75,000 -
South East -17 3 £105,000 +75.00%
South West - 3 - -
Milton Keynes - 3 £105,000 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 £105,000 -
Devon - 3 - -
Exeter - 3 - -
East Midlands +14 2 £62,500 +19.04%
Northamptonshire - 2 £62,500 -
Canary Wharf - 2 £75,000 -
Northampton - 1 £62,500 -

Head of Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Head of Information 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 IT job ads sampled with Head of Information Security in their job title.

1 71 (100.00%) Information Security
2 31 (43.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (43.66%) Finance
3 30 (42.25%) CISM
4 29 (40.85%) Risk Management
5 23 (32.39%) CISSP
6 17 (23.94%) CISA
7 13 (18.31%) Management Information System
8 12 (16.90%) Risk Assessment
9 11 (15.49%) Penetration Testing
9 11 (15.49%) ITIL
9 11 (15.49%) Cyber Security
10 10 (14.08%) PCI DSS
10 10 (14.08%) E-Commerce
11 9 (12.68%) Security Management
12 8 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
13 7 (9.86%) Games
13 7 (9.86%) Vulnerability Management
14 6 (8.45%) Information Assurance
14 6 (8.45%) Business Continuity
14 6 (8.45%) Degree
14 6 (8.45%) COBIT
14 6 (8.45%) Incident Management
14 6 (8.45%) Disaster Recovery
14 6 (8.45%) Firewall
15 5 (7.04%) Law
15 5 (7.04%) Project Management
15 5 (7.04%) Service Management
15 5 (7.04%) IT Governance
15 5 (7.04%) Network Security

Head of Information Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Head of Information 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 IT job ads sampled with Head of Information Security in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (4.23%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.23%) SaaS
2 2 (2.82%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (8.45%) Firewall
2 5 (7.04%) Network Security
3 2 (2.82%) Internet
General
1 31 (43.66%) Finance
2 7 (9.86%) Games
3 5 (7.04%) Banking
3 5 (7.04%) Law
4 3 (4.23%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.23%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.82%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.82%) Advertising
5 2 (2.82%) Legal
6 1 (1.41%) Publishing
6 1 (1.41%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 13 (18.31%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.82%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (2.82%) Social Network
3 1 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.82%) UNIX
1 2 (2.82%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (100.00%) Information Security
2 29 (40.85%) Risk Management
3 12 (16.90%) Risk Assessment
4 11 (15.49%) Penetration Testing
4 11 (15.49%) ITIL
4 11 (15.49%) Cyber Security
5 10 (14.08%) E-Commerce
6 9 (12.68%) Security Management
7 8 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (9.86%) Vulnerability Management
9 6 (8.45%) Business Continuity
9 6 (8.45%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (8.45%) Incident Management
9 6 (8.45%) Information Assurance
10 5 (7.04%) Data Protection
10 5 (7.04%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (7.04%) IT Governance
10 5 (7.04%) Project Management
10 5 (7.04%) Service Management
10 5 (7.04%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.41%) C
Qualifications
1 30 (42.25%) CISM
2 23 (32.39%) CISSP
3 17 (23.94%) CISA
4 6 (8.45%) Degree
5 4 (5.63%) CEH
6 3 (4.23%) CRISC
7 1 (1.41%) ISEB
7 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.41%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (43.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (14.08%) PCI DSS
3 6 (8.45%) COBIT
4 3 (4.23%) QA
4 3 (4.23%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (1.41%) BS7799
5 1 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.41%) COSO
Systems Management
1 2 (2.82%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2 (2.82%) CA
1 2 (2.82%) Symantec
1 2 (2.82%) Sourcefire
1 2 (2.82%) Splunk