The median contractor rate for a Head of Security was £700 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Head of Security
UK
Rank 587 587 617
Rank change year-on-year 0 +30  
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 9 55 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.020% 0.10% 0.008%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.11% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 42 0
Median daily rate £700 £620 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.90% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £800 £738 -
% change year-on-year +8.47% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £82.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £82.50 -

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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 8 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 24 March 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 -15 5 £675 +9.75% 6
Scotland +23 4 £900 +20.00%
Edinburgh - 4 £900 -
London -14 3 £688 +12.24% 5
East of England - 2 £350 -
Hatfield - 1 £350 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £350 -

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 19 (55.88%) Cybersecurity
2 18 (52.94%) Security Operations
3 13 (38.24%) SC Cleared
3 13 (38.24%) Security Cleared
3 13 (38.24%) Information Security
3 13 (38.24%) Risk Management
4 12 (35.29%) CISSP
4 12 (35.29%) People Management
5 11 (32.35%) Service Management
6 9 (26.47%) Degree
7 6 (17.65%) Finance
7 6 (17.65%) Microsoft
8 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
8 5 (14.71%) Apple
8 5 (14.71%) Operations Management
9 4 (11.76%) Security Management
9 4 (11.76%) Security Architecture
9 4 (11.76%) ServiceNow
10 3 (8.82%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (5.88%) Identity Access Management
11 2 (5.88%) Open Source
11 2 (5.88%) Information Assurance
11 2 (5.88%) Vulnerability Management
11 2 (5.88%) CyberArk
11 2 (5.88%) Analytics
11 2 (5.88%) Big Data
11 2 (5.88%) User Experience
11 2 (5.88%) Data Security
11 2 (5.88%) Firewall
11 2 (5.88%) SAN

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 1 (2.94%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.94%) MS Office
1 1 (2.94%) MS Project
1 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
1 1 (2.94%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) Firewall
1 2 (5.88%) Network Security
1 2 (5.88%) SAN
2 1 (2.94%) NAS
2 1 (2.94%) NetScaler
2 1 (2.94%) Software-Defined Networking
2 1 (2.94%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) Big Data
General
1 6 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Banking
2 1 (2.94%) Financial Institution
2 1 (2.94%) Legal
2 1 (2.94%) Retail
2 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.94%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (2.94%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
2 3 (8.82%) Security Operations Centre
3 2 (5.88%) CESG
3 2 (5.88%) User Experience
4 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.94%) Contactless
4 1 (2.94%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (2.94%) EMV
4 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.94%) Mobile Payment
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (55.88%) Cybersecurity
2 18 (52.94%) Security Operations
3 13 (38.24%) Information Security
3 13 (38.24%) Risk Management
4 12 (35.29%) People Management
5 11 (32.35%) Service Management
6 5 (14.71%) Operations Management
7 4 (11.76%) Security Architecture
7 4 (11.76%) Security Management
8 2 (5.88%) Analytics
8 2 (5.88%) Data Security
8 2 (5.88%) Identity Access Management
8 2 (5.88%) Information Assurance
8 2 (5.88%) Open Source
8 2 (5.88%) Risk Assessment
8 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (5.88%) Vulnerability Management
9 1 (2.94%) Penetration Testing
9 1 (2.94%) Validation
9 1 (2.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.88%) C
2 1 (2.94%) Apple Swift
2 1 (2.94%) Java
2 1 (2.94%) Objective-C
2 1 (2.94%) Python
2 1 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (38.24%) SC Cleared
1 13 (38.24%) Security Cleared
2 12 (35.29%) CISSP
3 9 (26.47%) Degree
4 2 (5.88%) SSCP
5 1 (2.94%) CEH
5 1 (2.94%) CISA
5 1 (2.94%) CISM
5 1 (2.94%) GIAC
5 1 (2.94%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.94%) ISO27002
1 1 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.94%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (2.94%) VMware Workstation
1 1 (2.94%) XenApp
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) Microsoft
2 5 (14.71%) Apple
3 4 (11.76%) ServiceNow
4 2 (5.88%) CyberArk
4 2 (5.88%) Symantec
5 1 (2.94%) CA
5 1 (2.94%) Citrix
5 1 (2.94%) IFS
5 1 (2.94%) Splunk
5 1 (2.94%) TOWER Software
5 1 (2.94%) VMware