The statistics below represent IT jobs advertised across the UK that had Head of Security featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 6 December 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Head of Security
Rank 773 891 898
Rank change year-on-year
+118 +7
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 113 54 81
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.051% 0.072%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.053% 0.074%
Number of salaries quoted 89 45 75
Median salary £85,000 £75,000 £72,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+13.33% +3.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £72,000 £55,000 £65,000
10% offered a salary of more than £115,000 £130,000 £102,500
UK excluding London median salary £80,000 £70,000 £72,500
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -3.44%

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
88523 102635 109401
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.45% 96.54% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 73515 85553 90526
Median salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,400 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

Head of Security
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads that featured Head of Security in the job title.

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 December 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 3 months to 6 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +109 98 £85,000 +21.42% 5
London +94 57 £95,000 -5.00% 4
West Midlands - 16 £82,500 -
South East +69 13 £83,750 +54.37%
Birmingham - 12 - -
City of London +27 9 £105,000 -10.63% 1
South Wales - 7 £82,500 -
Wales - 7 £82,500 -
North West -13 6 £75,000 +42.85%
Berkshire +55 5 £80,000 -
Scotland +32 5 £75,000 -11.76% 1
East Midlands - 5 £72,500 - 1
Manchester - 4 £75,000 -
Coventry - 4 £82,500 -
Leicestershire - 4 £72,500 -
Surrey +17 3 £85,000 -
Hampshire +2 3 £90,000 +65.89%
Southampton - 3 £90,000 -
Glasgow - 3 £64,446 - 1
Edinburgh +17 2 £92,500 +8.82%
Hinckley - 2 £72,500 -
Caerphilly - 2 £82,500 -
M4 Corridor - 2 £95,000 -
Staines - 2 £85,000 -
Cheshire +16 1 £63,500 +20.95%
Merseyside - 1 £60,000 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £57,500 - 1
Liverpool - 1 £60,000 -
Nottingham - 1 £57,500 - 1
Cambridge - 1 £70,000 -

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 December 2016, Head of Security job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 154 (74.04%) Information Security
2 95 (45.67%) CISSP
3 92 (44.23%) Finance
4 76 (36.54%) CISM
5 71 (34.13%) Risk Management
6 66 (31.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 57 (27.40%) Cybersecurity
8 54 (25.96%) Security Architecture
9 49 (23.56%) PCI DSS
10 44 (21.15%) CISA
11 42 (20.19%) Management Information System
12 37 (17.79%) Security Operations
13 36 (17.31%) Degree
14 30 (14.42%) Risk Assessment
14 30 (14.42%) Line Management
15 29 (13.94%) Firewall
16 28 (13.46%) Network Security
16 28 (13.46%) Data Centre
17 27 (12.98%) Identity Management
18 26 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
18 26 (12.50%) Service Delivery
18 26 (12.50%) COBIT
18 26 (12.50%) Data Loss Prevention
19 25 (12.02%) SIEM
19 25 (12.02%) ITIL
20 24 (11.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
21 21 (10.10%) Security Operations Centre
21 21 (10.10%) CRISC
22 20 (9.62%) Data Protection
22 20 (9.62%) Vulnerability Management

Head of Security Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (1.92%) SAS
2 1 (0.48%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 5 (2.40%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (1.44%) Office 365
2 2 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.96%) PaaS
2 2 (0.96%) SaaS
3 1 (0.48%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (13.94%) Firewall
2 28 (13.46%) Network Security
3 12 (5.77%) WAN
4 9 (4.33%) LAN
4 9 (4.33%) SSL
4 9 (4.33%) Wireless
5 8 (3.85%) Intrusion Detection
6 7 (3.37%) Internet
7 5 (2.40%) DNS
7 5 (2.40%) SMTP
8 4 (1.92%) HTTP
8 4 (1.92%) IPsec
8 4 (1.92%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.73%) Big Data
2 5 (2.40%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.92%) Hadoop
General
1 92 (44.23%) Finance
2 14 (6.73%) Banking
3 13 (6.25%) Legal
4 7 (3.37%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.40%) Retail
6 4 (1.92%) Games
6 4 (1.92%) Law
7 3 (1.44%) Marketing
8 2 (0.96%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.48%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.44%) Middleware
1 3 (1.44%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.48%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 42 (20.19%) Management Information System
2 28 (13.46%) Data Centre
3 21 (10.10%) Security Operations Centre
4 19 (9.13%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (7.21%) Computer Science
6 13 (6.25%) CESG
7 9 (4.33%) Data Protection Act
8 4 (1.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.44%) e-Learning
10 2 (0.96%) CESG CLAS
10 2 (0.96%) Cryptography
10 2 (0.96%) Cyber Attack
11 1 (0.48%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.48%) Fintech
11 1 (0.48%) Hedge funds
11 1 (0.48%) Internet of Things
11 1 (0.48%) IPTV
11 1 (0.48%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.48%) Over-the-Top Content
11 1 (0.48%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 17 (8.17%) Windows
2 8 (3.85%) Linux
3 4 (1.92%) Unix
4 2 (0.96%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.48%) Android
5 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (74.04%) Information Security
2 71 (34.13%) Risk Management
3 57 (27.40%) Cybersecurity
4 54 (25.96%) Security Architecture
5 37 (17.79%) Security Operations
6 30 (14.42%) Line Management
6 30 (14.42%) Risk Assessment
7 27 (12.98%) Identity Management
8 26 (12.50%) Data Loss Prevention
8 26 (12.50%) Service Delivery
8 26 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
9 25 (12.02%) ITIL
9 25 (12.02%) SIEM
10 20 (9.62%) Data Protection
10 20 (9.62%) Identity Access Management
10 20 (9.62%) Security Management
10 20 (9.62%) Vulnerability Management
11 19 (9.13%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (9.13%) Internal Audit
12 17 (8.17%) ISMS
Programming Languages
1 15 (7.21%) C
2 1 (0.48%) Java
Qualifications
1 95 (45.67%) CISSP
2 76 (36.54%) CISM
3 44 (21.15%) CISA
4 36 (17.31%) Degree
5 21 (10.10%) CRISC
6 15 (7.21%) GIAC
7 5 (2.40%) CEH
8 4 (1.92%) ISSMP
8 4 (1.92%) SANS
9 3 (1.44%) CompTIA Security+
9 3 (1.44%) CSSLP
9 3 (1.44%) GISF
9 3 (1.44%) GSEC
9 3 (1.44%) Security Cleared
9 3 (1.44%) Security+ Certification
9 3 (1.44%) SSCP
10 2 (0.96%) CLAS
10 2 (0.96%) IRCA
10 2 (0.96%) SAP Certification
11 1 (0.48%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (31.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (23.56%) PCI DSS
3 26 (12.50%) COBIT
4 24 (11.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (3.37%) BS7799
6 6 (2.88%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 5 (2.40%) ISO 9001
7 5 (2.40%) QA
8 2 (0.96%) ISO 14001
8 2 (0.96%) ISO22301
9 1 (0.48%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (2.88%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (1.44%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (1.44%) Nessus
1 3 (1.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (4.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (1.92%) Ab Initio
2 4 (1.92%) Cisco
3 3 (1.44%) Aveksa
3 3 (1.44%) Cyber-Ark
3 3 (1.44%) Intel Security
3 3 (1.44%) Palo Alto
3 3 (1.44%) Splunk
3 3 (1.44%) Symantec
4 2 (0.96%) HP
4 2 (0.96%) SAP
4 2 (0.96%) VMware
5 1 (0.48%) CheckPoint
5 1 (0.48%) Intel
5 1 (0.48%) Juniper
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