The median contractor rate for a Head of Security was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 599 629 621
Rank change year-on-year +30 -8  
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 8 22 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.041% 0.036%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.018% 0.044% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 16 12
Median daily rate £600 £600 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +26.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £550 £383
10% offered a daily rate of more than £900 £728 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £675 £550
% change year-on-year -18.51% +22.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44561 50348 53046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28813 32834 33338
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1376 1496 2028
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Head of Security in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 10 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +16 4 £500 -16.66% 7
Edinburgh - 4 £900 -
Scotland - 4 £900 -
London -21 2 £650 +13.04% 4
Hertfordshire - 1 £350 -
Hatfield - 1 £350 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £500 -
North East - 1 £500 -
East of England - 1 £350 -

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

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, Head of Security contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 13 (72.22%) Information Security
2 6 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (33.33%) Symantec
2 6 (33.33%) CyberArk
3 4 (22.22%) CISSP
3 4 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (22.22%) ISMS
4 3 (16.67%) Asset Management
4 3 (16.67%) Security Architecture
4 3 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
4 3 (16.67%) SailPoint
4 3 (16.67%) SSCP
4 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (16.67%) Firewall
4 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
5 2 (11.11%) Microsoft
5 2 (11.11%) Banking
5 2 (11.11%) Retail
5 2 (11.11%) SAN
5 2 (11.11%) CA
5 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (11.11%) MS Visio
5 2 (11.11%) Network Security
5 2 (11.11%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (11.11%) Statistical Analysis
5 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) Legal
5 2 (11.11%) Cybersecurity

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Project
1 2 (11.11%) MS Visio
1 2 (11.11%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) Firewall
2 2 (11.11%) Network Security
2 2 (11.11%) SAN
3 1 (5.56%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (5.56%) LAN
3 1 (5.56%) NAS
3 1 (5.56%) NetScaler
3 1 (5.56%) Software-Defined Networking
3 1 (5.56%) VPN
3 1 (5.56%) WAN
3 1 (5.56%) Wi-Fi
General
1 6 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (11.11%) Banking
2 2 (11.11%) Legal
2 2 (11.11%) Retail
3 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) Contactless
2 1 (5.56%) EMV
2 1 (5.56%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.56%) Mobile Payment
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (72.22%) Information Security
2 4 (22.22%) ISMS
3 3 (16.67%) Asset Management
3 3 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
3 3 (16.67%) Security Architecture
3 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (11.11%) Identity Access Management
4 2 (11.11%) Statistical Analysis
5 1 (5.56%) Change Management
5 1 (5.56%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (5.56%) Ethical Hacking
5 1 (5.56%) Identity Management
5 1 (5.56%) Incident Management
5 1 (5.56%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
5 1 (5.56%) Test Scripting
5 1 (5.56%) Validation
5 1 (5.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 1 (5.56%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.56%) Apple Swift
1 1 (5.56%) C
1 1 (5.56%) Java
1 1 (5.56%) Objective-C
1 1 (5.56%) Python
1 1 (5.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) CISSP
2 3 (16.67%) SSCP
3 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) CEH
4 1 (5.56%) CISM
4 1 (5.56%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (5.56%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
1 1 (5.56%) Hyper-V
1 1 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (5.56%) VMware Workstation
1 1 (5.56%) XenApp
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) CyberArk
1 6 (33.33%) Symantec
2 2 (11.11%) CA
2 2 (11.11%) IFS
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.56%) Citrix
3 1 (5.56%) VMware