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 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of Information Security
Rank 865 880 885
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +5
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 26 9 10
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.008% 0.009%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.024% 0.009% 0.009%
Number of salaries quoted 20 8 10
Average salary £85,000 £80,000 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% +14.28%
UK excluding London average salary £78,750 £60,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year
+31.25% -14.28%

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
106380 101290 110833
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.35% 95.22%
Number of salaries quoted 86308 84102 94334
Average salary £45,000 £43,164 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.25% +1.56%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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 1 October 2014 within the UK.

Head of Information Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of Information Security
Top 15 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 1 October 2014. 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 -9 23 £85,000 +6.25% 6
London +5 12 £88,750 -15.47% 3
City of London +13 5 £92,500 - 2
North West - 5 £70,375 - 3
Manchester - 5 £70,375 - 3
Leeds -22 3 £85,000 +41.66%
West Yorkshire -24 3 £85,000 +41.66%
Yorkshire -38 3 £85,000 +41.66%
Scotland - 3 £75,000 - 1
South East +5 2 £102,500 +13.88%
Surrey -6 2 £102,500 +13.88%
Glasgow - 2 - - 1
Edinburgh - 1 £75,000 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £80,000 -
East of England - 1 £80,000 -

Head of Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 55 (100.00%) Information Security
2 36 (65.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (38.18%) Business Continuity
3 21 (38.18%) CISSP
4 20 (36.36%) Risk Management
5 18 (32.73%) CISM
6 14 (25.45%) Risk Analysis
7 12 (21.82%) Finance
8 11 (20.00%) CISA
8 11 (20.00%) Management Information System
9 9 (16.36%) Penetration Testing
9 9 (16.36%) Security Management
10 8 (14.55%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (14.55%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (14.55%) BCP
10 8 (14.55%) ITIL
10 8 (14.55%) E-Commerce
11 7 (12.73%) B2C
11 7 (12.73%) PCI DSS
12 6 (10.91%) Legal
13 5 (9.09%) Service Delivery
13 5 (9.09%) ISMS
13 5 (9.09%) Degree
13 5 (9.09%) Incident Management
13 5 (9.09%) Retail
13 5 (9.09%) Information Management
13 5 (9.09%) Information Assurance
13 5 (9.09%) Business Continuity Planning
14 4 (7.27%) Risk Assessment
14 4 (7.27%) Banking

Head of Information Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 2 (3.64%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.64%) Firewall
1 2 (3.64%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.82%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.82%) DMZ
General
1 12 (21.82%) Finance
2 6 (10.91%) Legal
3 5 (9.09%) Retail
4 4 (7.27%) Banking
5 2 (3.64%) Games
6 1 (1.82%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.82%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.82%) Advertising
6 1 (1.82%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.82%) iGaming
Miscellaneous
1 11 (20.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.82%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.64%) Linux
1 2 (3.64%) UNIX
2 1 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (100.00%) Information Security
2 21 (38.18%) Business Continuity
3 20 (36.36%) Risk Management
4 14 (25.45%) Risk Analysis
5 9 (16.36%) Penetration Testing
5 9 (16.36%) Security Management
6 8 (14.55%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (14.55%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (14.55%) BCP
6 8 (14.55%) ITIL
6 8 (14.55%) E-Commerce
7 7 (12.73%) B2C
8 5 (9.09%) Service Delivery
8 5 (9.09%) ISMS
8 5 (9.09%) Incident Management
8 5 (9.09%) Information Management
8 5 (9.09%) Information Assurance
8 5 (9.09%) Business Continuity Planning
9 4 (7.27%) Risk Assessment
9 4 (7.27%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.82%) Perl
1 1 (1.82%) Python
1 1 (1.82%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 21 (38.18%) CISSP
2 18 (32.73%) CISM
3 11 (20.00%) CISA
4 5 (9.09%) Degree
5 4 (7.27%) ISSMP
6 3 (5.45%) CEH
6 3 (5.45%) IRCA
6 3 (5.45%) ISEB
7 1 (1.82%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.82%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (65.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (12.73%) PCI DSS
3 3 (5.45%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 1 (1.82%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (1.82%) Splunk
1 1 (1.82%) Sourcefire
1 1 (1.82%) Red Hat
1 1 (1.82%) Symantec
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