The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of 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 Security in their job title over the 3 months to 23 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of Security
Rank 844 827 867
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +40
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 61 46 27
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.053% 0.043% 0.023%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.057% 0.046% 0.024%
Number of salaries quoted 46 39 23
Average salary £80,000 £74,500 £70,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.38% +6.42%
90% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £59,500 £60,000
10% offered a salary of more than £100,000 £110,000 £100,000
UK excluding London average salary £80,000 £63,750 £70,000
% change year-on-year
+25.49% -8.92%

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
107766 100404 111766
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.46% 94.30% 95.16%
Number of salaries quoted 87262 83568 95286
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 £26,500 £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 Security
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend

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

Head of Security Salary Trend in the UK

Head of Security
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Head of Security over the 3 months to 23 September 2014 within the UK.

Head of Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of Security
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 3 months to 23 September 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 -8 59 £80,000 +7.38% 4
South East +15 31 £80,000 -2.73%
London -9 15 £85,000 +6.25% 1
Berkshire +7 14 £87,500 -37.50%
Buckinghamshire - 12 £65,000 -
City of London +20 7 £85,000 -43.33%
Surrey -5 7 £65,000 -27.77%
Maidenhead - 6 £80,000 -
Milton Keynes - 6 - -
North West -12 5 £77,500 +3.33% 2
West Yorkshire -22 5 £85,000 +41.66%
Leeds -32 5 £85,000 +41.66%
Yorkshire -43 5 £85,000 +41.66%
Hampshire -8 4 £102,500 -
Manchester - 4 £77,500 - 2
Slough - 3 £87,500 -
Scotland - 2 £75,000 -
East of England - 2 £76,250 -
Reading - 2 £100,000 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 1 £75,000 +11.11% 1
Tyne and Wear -7 1 £75,000 +11.11% 1
North East -9 1 £75,000 +11.11% 1
Barrow-in-Furness - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £72,500 -
Edinburgh - 1 £75,000 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £80,000 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £72,500 -
Cumbria - 1 - -

Head of Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT 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 IT job ads sampled with Head of Security in their job title.

1 86 (64.18%) Information Security
2 57 (42.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 38 (28.36%) CISSP
4 37 (27.61%) Risk Management
5 34 (25.37%) Business Continuity
6 30 (22.39%) Management Information System
7 29 (21.64%) Finance
8 25 (18.66%) Legal
9 23 (17.16%) Security Management
9 23 (17.16%) ITIL
9 23 (17.16%) PCI DSS
10 22 (16.42%) CISA
11 20 (14.93%) CISM
12 19 (14.18%) Risk Analysis
13 16 (11.94%) Penetration Testing
13 16 (11.94%) Service Delivery
14 15 (11.19%) Information Assurance
15 13 (9.70%) Cyber Security
15 13 (9.70%) Incident Management
15 13 (9.70%) Degree
15 13 (9.70%) Information Management
16 12 (8.96%) Risk Assessment
16 12 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
17 11 (8.21%) Information Security Management
18 10 (7.46%) Data Security
18 10 (7.46%) Security Cleared
19 9 (6.72%) Network Security
19 9 (6.72%) Retail
19 9 (6.72%) Service Management
19 9 (6.72%) Disaster Recovery

Head of Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT 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 IT job ads sampled with Head of Security in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.75%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.72%) Network Security
2 3 (2.24%) Firewall
3 2 (1.49%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.49%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (0.75%) VPN
4 1 (0.75%) DMZ
4 1 (0.75%) DVB
4 1 (0.75%) IPsec
4 1 (0.75%) ATM
4 1 (0.75%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.48%) Data Mining
2 5 (3.73%) Oracle Database
General
1 29 (21.64%) Finance
2 25 (18.66%) Legal
3 9 (6.72%) Retail
4 6 (4.48%) Marketing
4 6 (4.48%) Banking
5 4 (2.99%) German Language
5 4 (2.99%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (2.24%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.24%) Advertising
7 1 (0.75%) Games
7 1 (0.75%) Military
7 1 (0.75%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.75%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.75%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.75%) iGaming
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.75%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (22.39%) Management Information System
2 4 (2.99%) Life Science
2 4 (2.99%) RMADS
3 2 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (1.49%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (0.75%) Freedom of Information Act
4 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.75%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (0.75%) W3C
4 1 (0.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.49%) UNIX
1 2 (1.49%) Windows
2 1 (0.75%) Linux
2 1 (0.75%) Windows Vista
2 1 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (64.18%) Information Security
2 37 (27.61%) Risk Management
3 34 (25.37%) Business Continuity
4 23 (17.16%) Security Management
4 23 (17.16%) ITIL
5 19 (14.18%) Risk Analysis
6 16 (11.94%) Service Delivery
6 16 (11.94%) Penetration Testing
7 15 (11.19%) Information Assurance
8 13 (9.70%) Cyber Security
8 13 (9.70%) Incident Management
8 13 (9.70%) Information Management
9 12 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (8.96%) Risk Assessment
10 11 (8.21%) Information Security Management
11 10 (7.46%) Data Security
12 9 (6.72%) Disaster Recovery
12 9 (6.72%) Service Management
13 8 (5.97%) B2C
13 8 (5.97%) BCP
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.75%) Perl
1 1 (0.75%) Python
1 1 (0.75%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 38 (28.36%) CISSP
2 22 (16.42%) CISA
3 20 (14.93%) CISM
4 13 (9.70%) Degree
5 10 (7.46%) Security Cleared
6 6 (4.48%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.99%) ISSMP
8 3 (2.24%) IRCA
8 3 (2.24%) ISEB
8 3 (2.24%) GIAC
8 3 (2.24%) GCIH
8 3 (2.24%) GCFA
9 2 (1.49%) MBA
9 2 (1.49%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.75%) Postgraduate
10 1 (0.75%) CEH
10 1 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.75%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (42.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (17.16%) PCI DSS
3 7 (5.22%) COBIT
3 7 (5.22%) ISO 9001
4 4 (2.99%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 4 (2.99%) GCP
4 4 (2.99%) GMP
4 4 (2.99%) GLP
5 2 (1.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (1.49%) COSO
6 1 (0.75%) WAI
6 1 (0.75%) TickIT
6 1 (0.75%) SLA
6 1 (0.75%) ISO 9000
Systems Management
1 1 (0.75%) Nessus
Vendors
1 6 (4.48%) Oracle
1 6 (4.48%) Cisco
2 5 (3.73%) Juniper
2 5 (3.73%) CheckPoint
3 3 (2.24%) Symantec
3 3 (2.24%) Tripwire
4 2 (1.49%) McAfee
4 2 (1.49%) Cadence
5 1 (0.75%) Red Hat
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Vertical IT
Salary: £55000 - £71500 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Pioneer Search
Salary: £75000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
FT Select
Salary: From £55,000 to £65,000 per annum plus car allowance and benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Sage UK Limited
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 18 days ago