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 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of Security
Rank 801 847 856
Rank change year-on-year
+46 +9
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 79 32 38
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.030% 0.033%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.076% 0.031% 0.035%
Number of salaries quoted 70 27 33
Average salary £80,000 £82,000 £77,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.43% +5.80%
90% offered a salary of more than £67,250 £61,500 £57,110
10% offered a salary of more than £105,000 £100,000 £102,000
UK excluding London average salary £72,500 £67,500 £57,550
% change year-on-year
+7.40% +17.28%

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
104608 102056 108531
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.68% 94.69% 95.26%
Number of salaries quoted 87149 82785 93534
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 £26,750 £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 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 24 December 2014 within the UK.

Head of Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of Security
Top 22 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 24 December 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 +42 76 £80,000 -2.43% 3
London +26 44 £90,000 +5.88% 2
South East +3 19 £72,500 -19.44%
City of London +28 18 £90,000 -
Surrey +9 16 £71,250 -6.55%
North West -7 8 £70,000 +3.70%
Manchester - 8 £70,000 -
Berkshire +13 7 £72,500 -19.44%
Buckinghamshire - 6 £72,500 -
Glasgow - 3 - -
Scotland - 3 - - 1
Bristol -1 2 £102,500 +46.42%
South West -16 2 £102,500 +60.78%
East of England -17 2 £107,500 +7.50% 1
Stockport - 2 £85,000 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £107,500 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £85,000 -
Yorkshire - 1 £85,000 -
Sheffield - 1 £85,000 -
Guildford - 1 £70,000 -
Maidenhead - 1 £80,000 -
Canary Wharf - 1 £70,000 -

Head of Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 84 (60.00%) Information Security
2 58 (41.43%) Finance
3 43 (30.71%) CISSP
4 39 (27.86%) CISM
5 36 (25.71%) CISA
6 35 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 29 (20.71%) Risk Management
8 28 (20.00%) Cyber Security
9 21 (15.00%) Degree
10 20 (14.29%) PCI DSS
11 19 (13.57%) ITIL
11 19 (13.57%) Penetration Testing
11 19 (13.57%) Network Security
12 17 (12.14%) Games
13 16 (11.43%) Firewall
13 16 (11.43%) Marketing
14 15 (10.71%) Cisco
14 15 (10.71%) Change Management
15 14 (10.00%) Security Management
15 14 (10.00%) Management Information System
15 14 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
16 13 (9.29%) TCP/IP
16 13 (9.29%) Active Directory
17 12 (8.57%) Perl
17 12 (8.57%) Python
17 12 (8.57%) DMZ
17 12 (8.57%) MBA
17 12 (8.57%) Computer Science
17 12 (8.57%) Product Management
17 12 (8.57%) Bash Shell

Head of Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 5 (3.57%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.71%) SaaS
1 1 (0.71%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.57%) Network Security
2 16 (11.43%) Firewall
3 13 (9.29%) TCP/IP
4 12 (8.57%) DMZ
5 2 (1.43%) NFC
6 1 (0.71%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.71%) Data Mining
General
1 58 (41.43%) Finance
2 17 (12.14%) Games
3 16 (11.43%) Marketing
4 12 (8.57%) iGaming
5 11 (7.86%) Legal
6 8 (5.71%) Retail
7 7 (5.00%) Banking
8 6 (4.29%) Advertising
9 5 (3.57%) Law
9 5 (3.57%) Telecoms
10 4 (2.86%) German Language
11 3 (2.14%) Manufacturing
12 2 (1.43%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.71%) Publishing
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.00%) Management Information System
2 12 (8.57%) Computer Science
3 11 (7.86%) Performance Metrics
4 4 (2.86%) Video on Demand
4 4 (2.86%) iDTV
5 2 (1.43%) EMV
5 2 (1.43%) Cryptography
5 2 (1.43%) Mobile Banking
5 2 (1.43%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.71%) User Experience
6 1 (0.71%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.71%) Life Science
6 1 (0.71%) Social Network
6 1 (0.71%) RMADS
6 1 (0.71%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 8 (5.71%) UNIX
1 8 (5.71%) Linux
2 7 (5.00%) Windows
3 6 (4.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.43%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.43%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (60.00%) Information Security
2 29 (20.71%) Risk Management
3 28 (20.00%) Cyber Security
4 19 (13.57%) Penetration Testing
4 19 (13.57%) ITIL
5 15 (10.71%) Change Management
6 14 (10.00%) Security Management
6 14 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (8.57%) Product Management
8 11 (7.86%) Incident Management
9 10 (7.14%) Business Continuity
9 10 (7.14%) Risk Assessment
10 9 (6.43%) Data Protection
10 9 (6.43%) Information Assurance
11 8 (5.71%) Information Security Management
11 8 (5.71%) E-Commerce
12 7 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
12 7 (5.00%) Strategic Planning
12 7 (5.00%) Mentoring
12 7 (5.00%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.57%) Perl
1 12 (8.57%) Python
1 12 (8.57%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 43 (30.71%) CISSP
2 39 (27.86%) CISM
3 36 (25.71%) CISA
4 21 (15.00%) Degree
5 12 (8.57%) MBA
6 4 (2.86%) CEH
6 4 (2.86%) Security Cleared
7 2 (1.43%) CGEIT
7 2 (1.43%) CRISC
7 2 (1.43%) ISEB
7 2 (1.43%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (14.29%) PCI DSS
3 8 (5.71%) COBIT
4 3 (2.14%) QA
5 2 (1.43%) COSO
5 2 (1.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.71%) GCP
6 1 (0.71%) GMP
6 1 (0.71%) GLP
6 1 (0.71%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.71%) SLA
6 1 (0.71%) BS7799
System Software
1 13 (9.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (1.43%) Nessus
Vendors
1 15 (10.71%) Cisco
2 11 (7.86%) Juniper
2 11 (7.86%) CheckPoint
3 6 (4.29%) Red Hat
4 5 (3.57%) Symantec
5 3 (2.14%) Tripwire
6 2 (1.43%) Sourcefire
6 2 (1.43%) Splunk
6 2 (1.43%) McAfee
6 2 (1.43%) Cadence
7 1 (0.71%) CA
7 1 (0.71%) Hyperion
7 1 (0.71%) Twitter
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