The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of IT 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 IT Security in their job title over the 3 months to 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of IT Security
Rank 885 844 893
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +49
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of IT Security 19 27 8
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.016% 0.025% 0.007%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.017% 0.026% 0.007%
Number of salaries quoted 15 21 6
Average salary £80,000 £66,500 £67,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.30% -1.48%
90% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £42,500 £60,000
10% offered a salary of more than £89,000 £74,500 £80,000
UK excluding London average salary £80,000 £64,500 £80,000
% change year-on-year
+24.03% -19.37%

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
110590 102435 111475
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.41% 94.25% 95.13%
Number of salaries quoted 89418 84946 95316
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,450 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

Head of IT Security
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Head of IT Security Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Head of IT Security
Salary Trend

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

Head of IT Security Salary Trend in the UK

Head of IT Security
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Head of IT Security over the 3 months to 22 August 2014 within the UK.

Head of IT Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of IT Security
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of IT Security within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 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 -23 19 £80,000 +20.30% 1
Berkshire -4 5 £87,500 -
South East -26 5 £87,500 +17.44%
North West - 5 £75,000 - 1
Leeds -26 4 £80,000 +33.33%
West Yorkshire -35 4 £80,000 +33.33%
Yorkshire -36 4 £80,000 +33.33%
East of England - 4 £72,500 -
Cambridgeshire - 4 £72,500 -
Cumbria - 4 - -
Barrow-in-Furness - 4 - -
Cambridge - 4 £72,500 -
Slough - 3 £87,500 -
North East - 1 £75,000 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £75,000 -
Maidenhead - 1 £80,000 -
Manchester - 1 £75,000 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £75,000 -

Head of IT Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Head of IT 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 IT Security in their job title.

1 18 (52.94%) Information Security
2 13 (38.24%) Business Continuity
3 12 (35.29%) ITIL
4 10 (29.41%) Management Information System
5 9 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (23.53%) Legal
6 8 (23.53%) Information Management
6 8 (23.53%) Data Security
6 8 (23.53%) Information Assurance
7 7 (20.59%) PCI DSS
7 7 (20.59%) IT Governance
7 7 (20.59%) Security Management
7 7 (20.59%) ISO 9001
7 7 (20.59%) CISSP
8 6 (17.65%) Data Mining
8 6 (17.65%) Service Management
8 6 (17.65%) Incident Management
9 5 (14.71%) Quality Management
9 5 (14.71%) Service Delivery
9 5 (14.71%) Oracle
10 4 (11.76%) CISA
10 4 (11.76%) CISM
10 4 (11.76%) GCP
10 4 (11.76%) GMP
10 4 (11.76%) GLP
10 4 (11.76%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (11.76%) Validation
10 4 (11.76%) Risk Management
10 4 (11.76%) Finance
10 4 (11.76%) Penetration Testing

Head of IT Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Head of IT 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 IT Security in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.82%) Network Security
2 2 (5.88%) Firewall
2 2 (5.88%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (2.94%) IPsec
3 1 (2.94%) ATM
3 1 (2.94%) DVB
3 1 (2.94%) Ethernet
3 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.94%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.65%) Data Mining
2 4 (11.76%) Oracle Database
General
1 8 (23.53%) Legal
2 4 (11.76%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (11.76%) Finance
3 2 (5.88%) Advertising
4 1 (2.94%) Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Multimedia
Miscellaneous
1 10 (29.41%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.76%) Life Science
2 4 (11.76%) RMADS
3 1 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (2.94%) Freedom of Information Act
3 1 (2.94%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (2.94%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.94%) Windows Vista
1 1 (2.94%) UNIX
1 1 (2.94%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (52.94%) Information Security
2 13 (38.24%) Business Continuity
3 12 (35.29%) ITIL
4 8 (23.53%) Information Management
4 8 (23.53%) Data Security
4 8 (23.53%) Information Assurance
5 7 (20.59%) IT Governance
5 7 (20.59%) Security Management
6 6 (17.65%) Service Management
6 6 (17.65%) Incident Management
7 5 (14.71%) Quality Management
7 5 (14.71%) Service Delivery
8 4 (11.76%) Validation
8 4 (11.76%) Risk Management
8 4 (11.76%) Penetration Testing
8 4 (11.76%) Security Architecture
9 3 (8.82%) Network Monitoring
9 3 (8.82%) Matrix Management
9 3 (8.82%) Information Security Management
10 2 (5.88%) PRINCE2
Qualifications
1 7 (20.59%) CISSP
2 4 (11.76%) CISA
2 4 (11.76%) CISM
2 4 (11.76%) SC Cleared
2 4 (11.76%) Security Cleared
3 3 (8.82%) Degree
4 1 (2.94%) MBA
4 1 (2.94%) Postgraduate
4 1 (2.94%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (20.59%) PCI DSS
2 7 (20.59%) ISO 9001
3 4 (11.76%) GCP
3 4 (11.76%) GMP
3 4 (11.76%) GLP
4 3 (8.82%) COBIT
4 3 (8.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (8.82%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (2.94%) COSO
5 1 (2.94%) QA
5 1 (2.94%) WAI
5 1 (2.94%) TickIT
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) Nessus
Vendors
1 5 (14.71%) Oracle
2 1 (2.94%) Cisco