Period
to 17 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Head of Security was £653 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 844 831 831
Rank change year-on-year -13 0 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 52 34 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.052% 0.035% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.055% 0.037% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 26 33
UK median daily rate £653 £750 £630
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.00% +19.05% -4.91%
10th Percentile £464 £625 £564
90th Percentile £813 £838 £934
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £750 £619
% change year-on-year -20.00% +21.21% -31.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 95,102 92,258 100,985
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,208 60,233 64,366
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,777 3,239 3,822
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.76% +12.18%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 11 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 17 January 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 +14 50 £655 -12.67% 15
London +2 33 £700 - 10
UK excluding London +22 19 £600 -20.00% 5
South West - 5 £950 - 1
East of England - 4 £450 -
North of England +34 3 £525 -30.00%
North West +3 3 £525 -30.00%
South East -20 3 £658 -10.85% 3
Midlands +8 2 £500 - 1
East Midlands - 2 £500 -
Scotland - 2 £600 -

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

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 37 (71.15%) Information Security
2 24 (46.15%) Risk Management
3 21 (40.38%) CISSP
4 20 (38.46%) Cybersecurity
5 19 (36.54%) Data Protection
6 18 (34.62%) CISM
6 18 (34.62%) Management Information System
6 18 (34.62%) GDPR
7 17 (32.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 12 (23.08%) Finance
9 11 (21.15%) Security Cleared
9 11 (21.15%) Security Operations
10 10 (19.23%) Security Architecture
11 9 (17.31%) DV Cleared
12 8 (15.38%) C
13 7 (13.46%) Windows
13 7 (13.46%) Active Directory
13 7 (13.46%) CISA
13 7 (13.46%) SC Cleared
13 7 (13.46%) Incident Management
13 7 (13.46%) CRISC
13 7 (13.46%) Vulnerability Management
13 7 (13.46%) Line Management
13 7 (13.46%) Matrix Organization
14 6 (11.54%) Service Design
14 6 (11.54%) Strategic Thinking
14 6 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 6 (11.54%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (11.54%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 6 (11.54%) Firewall

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 (1.92%) SAS
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.77%) IaaS
1 3 (5.77%) SaaS
2 1 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.92%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (11.54%) Firewall
2 2 (3.85%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.92%) Internet
General
1 12 (23.08%) Finance
2 4 (7.69%) Military
3 3 (5.77%) Advertising
3 3 (5.77%) Legal
3 3 (5.77%) Publishing
4 2 (3.85%) Banking
4 2 (3.85%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.92%) Law
5 1 (1.92%) Retail
5 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.69%) SAML
2 1 (1.92%) COM
2 1 (1.92%) SailPoint
2 1 (1.92%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 18 (34.62%) Management Information System
2 6 (11.54%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (7.69%) PKI
5 3 (5.77%) Cyberattack
5 3 (5.77%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.92%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 1 (1.92%) NHS
6 1 (1.92%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 7 (13.46%) Windows
2 2 (3.85%) Apple iOS
2 2 (3.85%) Linux
2 2 (3.85%) Mac OS X
2 2 (3.85%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (71.15%) Information Security
2 24 (46.15%) Risk Management
3 20 (38.46%) Cybersecurity
4 19 (36.54%) Data Protection
5 11 (21.15%) Security Operations
6 10 (19.23%) Security Architecture
7 7 (13.46%) Incident Management
7 7 (13.46%) Line Management
7 7 (13.46%) Matrix Organization
7 7 (13.46%) Vulnerability Management
8 6 (11.54%) Business Continuity
8 6 (11.54%) Risk Assessment
8 6 (11.54%) Service Design
8 6 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (11.54%) Strategic Thinking
8 6 (11.54%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 5 (9.62%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (9.62%) Information Security Management
9 5 (9.62%) ITIL
9 5 (9.62%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (15.38%) C
Qualifications
1 21 (40.38%) CISSP
2 18 (34.62%) CISM
3 11 (21.15%) Security Cleared
4 9 (17.31%) DV Cleared
5 7 (13.46%) CISA
5 7 (13.46%) CRISC
5 7 (13.46%) SC Cleared
6 3 (5.77%) ISEB
6 3 (5.77%) SANS
7 2 (3.85%) CEH
7 2 (3.85%) CISMP
7 2 (3.85%) CREST Certified
7 2 (3.85%) GIAC
8 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.92%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (1.92%) CLAS
8 1 (1.92%) Degree
8 1 (1.92%) GISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (34.62%) GDPR
2 17 (32.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 4 (7.69%) COBIT
4 4 (7.69%) GAAP
4 4 (7.69%) PCI DSS
5 3 (5.77%) PMO
6 2 (3.85%) Basel II
6 2 (3.85%) HIPAA
6 2 (3.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (1.92%) PSD2
7 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 7 (13.46%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (7.69%) CA Single Sign-On
2 2 (3.85%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 5 (9.62%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.69%) CA
3 2 (3.85%) Apple
4 1 (1.92%) Cisco
4 1 (1.92%) Oracle
4 1 (1.92%) Progress