Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Head of Security was £760 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Head of Security
UK
6 months to
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 850 829 864
Rank change year-on-year -21 +35 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 51 22 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.023% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.052% 0.024% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 15 38
UK median daily rate £760 £675 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.59% +12.50% +26.32%
10th Percentile £503 £400 £525
90th Percentile £913 £950 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £675 £700 £675
% change year-on-year -3.57% +3.70% +14.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £82.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 98,830 90,441 104,671
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,752 58,615 68,085
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,197 2,912 3,137
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Head of Security in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Head of Security.

Contractor daily rate trend for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security over the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 6 months to 20 July 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 50 £760 +26.67% 6
London -29 27 £800 +20.75% 3
UK excluding London -25 24 £675 -3.57% 4
Midlands 0 12 £675 +12.50% 2
North of England -13 8 £655 +31.00%
East Midlands - 8 £760 -
Yorkshire - 5 £760 -
North West - 3 £425 -
South East - 3 - - 1
South West +6 1 - -
West Midlands -24 1 £600 - 2
Scotland -51 1 £950 +5.56% 1

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, Head of Security contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 32 (62.75%) Information Security
2 24 (47.06%) CISSP
3 23 (45.10%) Cybersecurity
4 21 (41.18%) PCI DSS
4 21 (41.18%) Finance
5 20 (39.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 17 (33.33%) CISM
7 16 (31.37%) Risk Management
8 14 (27.45%) Data Protection
9 13 (25.49%) GDPR
9 13 (25.49%) CISA
10 12 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
11 11 (21.57%) Security Management
12 10 (19.61%) Degree
13 9 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (17.65%) Security Architecture
13 9 (17.65%) Security Operations
14 8 (15.69%) Network Security
14 8 (15.69%) Management Information System
14 8 (15.69%) Data Protection Act
15 7 (13.73%) Information Security Management
15 7 (13.73%) ISMS
16 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
16 6 (11.76%) Security Cleared
17 5 (9.80%) ServiceNow
17 5 (9.80%) Continuous Improvement
17 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
17 5 (9.80%) Firewall
17 5 (9.80%) Legal
17 5 (9.80%) Computer Science

Head of Security Skill Set
Co-occurring 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:

Applications
1 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 8 (15.69%) Network Security
2 5 (9.80%) Firewall
3 2 (3.92%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (3.92%) LAN
4 1 (1.96%) 4G
4 1 (1.96%) 5G
4 1 (1.96%) Internet
4 1 (1.96%) SMS
General
1 21 (41.18%) Finance
2 5 (9.80%) Legal
3 2 (3.92%) Banking
3 2 (3.92%) Law
3 2 (3.92%) Retail Banking
3 2 (3.92%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.96%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (1.96%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.96%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.69%) Data Protection Act
1 8 (15.69%) Management Information System
2 5 (9.80%) Computer Science
3 3 (5.88%) Cyberattack
3 3 (5.88%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.92%) NHS
4 2 (3.92%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (1.96%) Equities
5 1 (1.96%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.96%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.92%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (62.75%) Information Security
2 23 (45.10%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (31.37%) Risk Management
4 14 (27.45%) Data Protection
5 12 (23.53%) Risk Assessment
6 11 (21.57%) Security Management
7 9 (17.65%) Security Architecture
7 9 (17.65%) Security Operations
7 9 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (13.73%) Information Security Management
8 7 (13.73%) ISMS
9 5 (9.80%) Business Continuity
9 5 (9.80%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
10 4 (7.84%) BCP
10 4 (7.84%) Business Continuity Planning
10 4 (7.84%) ITIL
10 4 (7.84%) Matrix Management
11 3 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
11 3 (5.88%) Incident Management
Qualifications
1 24 (47.06%) CISSP
2 17 (33.33%) CISM
3 13 (25.49%) CISA
4 10 (19.61%) Degree
5 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
5 6 (11.76%) Security Cleared
6 3 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (5.88%) GIAC
7 2 (3.92%) CCIE
7 2 (3.92%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (3.92%) CISMP
7 2 (3.92%) CLAS
7 2 (3.92%) PCI QSA
8 1 (1.96%) ISEB
8 1 (1.96%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (1.96%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
8 1 (1.96%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (41.18%) PCI DSS
2 20 (39.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (25.49%) GDPR
4 5 (9.80%) COBIT
5 3 (5.88%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (5.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (1.96%) Basel II
6 1 (1.96%) HIPAA
System Software
1 2 (3.92%) Active Directory
1 2 (3.92%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 2 (3.92%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 5 (9.80%) ServiceNow
2 2 (3.92%) Blue Coat
2 2 (3.92%) Cisco
2 2 (3.92%) F5
2 2 (3.92%) Fortinet
2 2 (3.92%) Juniper
2 2 (3.92%) Palo Alto
2 2 (3.92%) Zscaler
3 1 (1.96%) Capita
3 1 (1.96%) Microsoft