Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Head of Security was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 835 857 875
Rank change year-on-year +22 +18 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Security 40 39 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.039% 0.037% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.042% 0.039% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 32 11
UK median daily rate £650 £750 £700
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +7.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £475 £639 £450
90th Percentile £763 £861 £788
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £750 £531
% change year-on-year -30.00% +41.18% -
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 96141 99356 108750
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63392 64835 69190
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.17% +4.41% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2869 3292 4137
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 +23 40 £650 -13.33% 8
London -13 27 £700 -9.68% 5
UK excluding London +11 13 £525 -30.00% 3
South West +10 5 £975 +44.44% 1
East of England - 3 £375 -
North of England +42 2 £513 -31.67% 1
Midlands +28 2 £550 -18.52% 1
West Midlands +28 1 £600 -11.11% 1
North West +8 1 £525 -30.00%
South East +3 1 - -
North East - 1 £500 -
East Midlands - 1 £500 -

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 25 (62.50%) Information Security
2 17 (42.50%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (35.00%) Data Protection
5 13 (32.50%) Security Operations
5 13 (32.50%) Finance
6 11 (27.50%) Risk Management
6 11 (27.50%) CISSP
6 11 (27.50%) Security Architecture
7 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 10 (25.00%) GDPR
7 10 (25.00%) CISM
8 9 (22.50%) Management Information System
9 8 (20.00%) C
9 8 (20.00%) DV Cleared
10 7 (17.50%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (17.50%) Matrix Organization
11 6 (15.00%) Strategic Thinking
11 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (15.00%) SC Cleared
11 6 (15.00%) Line Management
11 6 (15.00%) Cyber Attack
12 5 (12.50%) Service Design
12 5 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
12 5 (12.50%) Risk Assessment
12 5 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
13 4 (10.00%) COBIT
13 4 (10.00%) Business Development
13 4 (10.00%) Penetration Testing

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 (2.50%) SAS
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.00%) IaaS
1 2 (5.00%) SaaS
2 1 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.50%) Firewall
2 2 (5.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.50%) Internet
3 1 (2.50%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (2.50%) LAN
3 1 (2.50%) VPN
3 1 (2.50%) WAN
General
1 13 (32.50%) Finance
2 4 (10.00%) Military
3 2 (5.00%) Banking
3 2 (5.00%) Retail
4 1 (2.50%) Law
4 1 (2.50%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.50%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.50%) COM
1 1 (2.50%) SailPoint
1 1 (2.50%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 9 (22.50%) Management Information System
2 7 (17.50%) Data Protection Act
3 6 (15.00%) Cyber Attack
4 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (7.50%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (5.00%) Fintech
6 2 (5.00%) NHS
7 1 (2.50%) Cyber Kill Chain
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.50%) Windows
2 2 (5.00%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.00%) Linux
2 2 (5.00%) Mac OS X
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (62.50%) Information Security
2 17 (42.50%) Cybersecurity
3 14 (35.00%) Data Protection
4 13 (32.50%) Security Operations
5 11 (27.50%) Risk Management
5 11 (27.50%) Security Architecture
6 7 (17.50%) Matrix Organization
7 6 (15.00%) Line Management
7 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (15.00%) Strategic Thinking
8 5 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
8 5 (12.50%) Risk Assessment
8 5 (12.50%) Service Design
9 4 (10.00%) Business Development
9 4 (10.00%) Knowledge Management
9 4 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
9 4 (10.00%) Performance Management
9 4 (10.00%) Planning and Forecasting
9 4 (10.00%) Requirements Management
9 4 (10.00%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.00%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (27.50%) CISSP
2 10 (25.00%) CISM
2 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 8 (20.00%) DV Cleared
4 6 (15.00%) SC Cleared
5 2 (5.00%) ISEB
6 1 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.50%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (2.50%) CISMP
6 1 (2.50%) CLAS
6 1 (2.50%) Degree
6 1 (2.50%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (25.00%) GDPR
3 5 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 4 (10.00%) COBIT
4 4 (10.00%) GAAP
5 3 (7.50%) PCI DSS
5 3 (7.50%) PMO
6 1 (2.50%) PSD2
6 1 (2.50%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (5.00%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2 (5.00%) Apple
2 1 (2.50%) Cisco
2 1 (2.50%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.50%) Progress