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 6 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Head of Security
Rank 838 854 845
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -9
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 57 72 38
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.052% 0.061% 0.035%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.055% 0.065% 0.037%
Number of salaries quoted 49 45 31
Average salary £80,000 £72,500 £75,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £65,000 £52,500
10% offered a salary of more than £110,000 £86,500 £85,000
UK excluding London average salary £72,500 £73,750 £75,000
% change year-on-year
-1.69% -1.66%

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
103195 111326 102545
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.45% 94.53% 94.57%
Number of salaries quoted 85280 91269 85438
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £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 £38,472
% change year-on-year
- +3.97%

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 6 July 2015 within the UK.

Head of Security Salary Histogram in the UK

Head of Security
Top 25 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 6 July 2015. 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 +10 55 £79,500 +9.65% 5
London +35 31 £83,750 +15.51% 2
City of London +46 12 £70,000 -25.13% 1
East Midlands +7 7 £62,500 +19.04%
South East -2 7 £65,000 -14.75% 1
Northamptonshire - 6 £62,500 -
Hampshire +3 4 £78,750 +1.61% 1
West Midlands -3 4 £76,250 +1.66%
Warwickshire - 4 £76,250 -
North West -2 3 £85,000 -
Edinburgh +12 2 £80,000 -
Scotland +10 2 £80,000 -
Buckinghamshire -1 2 £51,750 -
South West -6 2 £87,500 +40.00% 1
Milton Keynes -14 2 £51,750 -
Manchester - 2 £85,000 -
Hook - 2 £92,500 -
East of England +1 1 £70,000 -3.44%
Berkshire -2 1 £80,000 -8.57%
Nottingham - 1 £110,000 -
Reading - 1 £80,000 -
Bristol - 1 £90,000 - 1
Docklands, London - 1 £79,000 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £70,000 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £110,000 -

Head of Security
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 July 2015, 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.

1 102 (75.56%) Information Security
2 52 (38.52%) CISM
3 50 (37.04%) CISSP
4 49 (36.30%) Finance
5 38 (28.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 36 (26.67%) Risk Management
6 36 (26.67%) Security Management
6 36 (26.67%) ITIL
7 26 (19.26%) Management Information System
8 25 (18.52%) CISA
8 25 (18.52%) COBIT
9 23 (17.04%) Cyber Security
10 20 (14.81%) PCI DSS
11 19 (14.07%) Information Security Management
12 14 (10.37%) Legal
12 14 (10.37%) IT Governance
13 12 (8.89%) Business Continuity
14 11 (8.15%) Risk Assessment
14 11 (8.15%) Data Protection
14 11 (8.15%) Degree
14 11 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
15 10 (7.41%) Data Security
15 10 (7.41%) Firewall
15 10 (7.41%) ISMS
15 10 (7.41%) Banking
15 10 (7.41%) Intrusion Detection
15 10 (7.41%) Penetration Testing
16 9 (6.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 9 (6.67%) Project Management
16 9 (6.67%) E-Commerce

Head of Security
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 2015, 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 4 (2.96%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (1.48%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.41%) Firewall
1 10 (7.41%) Intrusion Detection
2 6 (4.44%) TCP/IP
3 5 (3.70%) DMZ
4 2 (1.48%) Network Security
5 1 (0.74%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.44%) Big Data
2 3 (2.22%) Oracle Database
2 3 (2.22%) Amazon Redshift
2 3 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 3 (2.22%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
General
1 49 (36.30%) Finance
2 14 (10.37%) Legal
3 10 (7.41%) Banking
4 8 (5.93%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.70%) Law
6 3 (2.22%) Aerospace
6 3 (2.22%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.22%) Marketing
7 2 (1.48%) Retail
7 2 (1.48%) Games
8 1 (0.74%) Advertising
8 1 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.74%) .NET
1 1 (0.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (19.26%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.70%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (3.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.48%) BYOD
5 1 (0.74%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.74%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (0.74%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.48%) UNIX
1 2 (1.48%) Windows
2 1 (0.74%) Linux
2 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (75.56%) Information Security
2 36 (26.67%) Risk Management
2 36 (26.67%) ITIL
2 36 (26.67%) Security Management
3 23 (17.04%) Cyber Security
4 19 (14.07%) Information Security Management
5 14 (10.37%) IT Governance
6 12 (8.89%) Business Continuity
7 11 (8.15%) Risk Assessment
7 11 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (8.15%) Data Protection
8 10 (7.41%) ISMS
8 10 (7.41%) Penetration Testing
8 10 (7.41%) Data Security
9 9 (6.67%) Project Management
9 9 (6.67%) E-Commerce
9 9 (6.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 9 (6.67%) Security Architecture
10 8 (5.93%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (5.93%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.70%) Perl
1 5 (3.70%) Python
1 5 (3.70%) Bash Shell
2 4 (2.96%) SQL
3 1 (0.74%) C
Qualifications
1 52 (38.52%) CISM
2 50 (37.04%) CISSP
3 25 (18.52%) CISA
4 11 (8.15%) Degree
5 9 (6.67%) CRISC
6 6 (4.44%) Security Cleared
7 3 (2.22%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.22%) MCSE
8 2 (1.48%) CCSP
8 2 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.48%) CISMP
8 2 (1.48%) CEH
8 2 (1.48%) ISSAP
8 2 (1.48%) ISSEP
9 1 (0.74%) ISSMP
9 1 (0.74%) MBA
9 1 (0.74%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (28.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 25 (18.52%) COBIT
3 20 (14.81%) PCI DSS
4 7 (5.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 6 (4.44%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 3 (2.22%) QA
6 3 (2.22%) Data Quality
7 2 (1.48%) COSO
8 1 (0.74%) GPG13
8 1 (0.74%) FISMA
8 1 (0.74%) BS7799
System Software
1 5 (3.70%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (3.70%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.96%) Oracle
3 3 (2.22%) Business Objects
4 2 (1.48%) Cisco
4 2 (1.48%) Clearswift
4 2 (1.48%) Ab Initio
4 2 (1.48%) Sourcefire
4 2 (1.48%) Splunk
5 1 (0.74%) Tripwire
5 1 (0.74%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.74%) Symantec
5 1 (0.74%) Sybase
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £90K - £120K + Outstanding Package
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
University of the West of England
Salary: From £47,328 to £56,482 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Fitzrovia, in the Heart of London
University of Westminster
Salary: £57,700 p.a plus excellent benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + car allowance, bonus + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Royal Mail Group
Salary: Excellent Salary & Benefits
Posted: 27 days ago