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

Location
3 months to
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of Information Security
Rank 863 876 866
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 32 10 14
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.009% 0.012%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.010% 0.013%
Number of salaries quoted 28 9 14
Average salary £80,000 £90,000 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.11% +28.57%
UK excluding London average salary £77,500 £65,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year
+19.23% -7.14%

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
107784 102248 109748
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.53% 94.51% 95.28%
Number of salaries quoted 87953 84954 93424
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,000 £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 20 October 2014 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 20 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 +6 30 £80,000 -11.11% 5
London +20 17 £85,000 -19.04% 2
Manchester - 9 £70,000 - 1
North West - 9 £70,000 - 3
City of London +14 6 £93,750 - 1
South East +1 3 £102,500 +13.88%
Surrey 0 3 £102,500 +13.88%
Scotland - 2 £75,000 - 1
East of England -23 1 £80,000 -20.00%
Edinburgh - 1 £75,000 -
Glasgow - 1 - - 1
Stockport - 1 £85,000 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £80,000 -

Head of Information Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 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 61 (100.00%) Information Security
2 41 (67.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 24 (39.34%) CISSP
4 23 (37.70%) CISM
5 22 (36.07%) Risk Management
6 19 (31.15%) Business Continuity
7 15 (24.59%) Risk Analysis
7 15 (24.59%) Finance
7 15 (24.59%) CISA
8 12 (19.67%) Penetration Testing
8 12 (19.67%) Management Information System
9 10 (16.39%) Security Management
10 9 (14.75%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (14.75%) E-Commerce
10 9 (14.75%) PCI DSS
11 7 (11.48%) ITIL
11 7 (11.48%) BCP
11 7 (11.48%) B2C
11 7 (11.48%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (9.84%) Legal
12 6 (9.84%) Information Assurance
13 5 (8.20%) ISMS
13 5 (8.20%) Service Delivery
14 4 (6.56%) Games
14 4 (6.56%) Security Testing
14 4 (6.56%) Degree
14 4 (6.56%) COBIT
14 4 (6.56%) ISSMP
14 4 (6.56%) Retail
14 4 (6.56%) Information Management

Head of Information Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 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 3 (4.92%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.92%) Firewall
2 1 (1.64%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.64%) Network Security
2 1 (1.64%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.64%) DMZ
General
1 15 (24.59%) Finance
2 6 (9.84%) Legal
3 4 (6.56%) Games
3 4 (6.56%) Retail
4 2 (3.28%) Financial Institution
4 2 (3.28%) Law
5 1 (1.64%) Banking
5 1 (1.64%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.64%) Advertising
5 1 (1.64%) Publishing
5 1 (1.64%) iGaming
Miscellaneous
1 12 (19.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.64%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.92%) UNIX
1 3 (4.92%) Linux
2 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.64%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (100.00%) Information Security
2 22 (36.07%) Risk Management
3 19 (31.15%) Business Continuity
4 15 (24.59%) Risk Analysis
5 12 (19.67%) Penetration Testing
6 10 (16.39%) Security Management
7 9 (14.75%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (14.75%) E-Commerce
8 7 (11.48%) B2C
8 7 (11.48%) BCP
8 7 (11.48%) ITIL
8 7 (11.48%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (9.84%) Information Assurance
10 5 (8.20%) ISMS
10 5 (8.20%) Service Delivery
11 4 (6.56%) Security Testing
11 4 (6.56%) Information Management
11 4 (6.56%) Ethical Hacking
11 4 (6.56%) Business Continuity Planning
12 3 (4.92%) Cyber Security
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.64%) Perl
1 1 (1.64%) Python
1 1 (1.64%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 24 (39.34%) CISSP
2 23 (37.70%) CISM
3 15 (24.59%) CISA
4 4 (6.56%) CEH
4 4 (6.56%) ISSMP
4 4 (6.56%) Degree
5 3 (4.92%) IRCA
5 3 (4.92%) ISEB
6 1 (1.64%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.64%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (67.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (14.75%) PCI DSS
3 4 (6.56%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 2 (3.28%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2 (3.28%) Symantec
1 2 (3.28%) Sourcefire
1 2 (3.28%) Splunk
2 1 (1.64%) Red Hat
Manchester, Lancashire
Berwick Partners - DWF
Salary: bonus and Pension
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Salary: excellent package and bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
North West
Vertical IT
Salary: £75000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Salary: From £80,000 to £90,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Bridge Noble
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Stock + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
North West
DWF
Salary: Up to £70,000 per annum plus bonus and pension
Posted: 18 days ago