Period
to 17 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

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

Head of Security
Central London > City of London
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 316 320 373
Rank change year-on-year +4 +53 +59
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 14 14 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.14% 0.13% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.14% 0.081%
Number of salaries quoted 14 14 11
City of London median annual salary £95,000 £105,000 £105,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.52% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £89,125 £96,500 £72,500
90th Percentile £114,375 £115,000 £130,000
Central London median annual salary £95,000 £105,000 £93,750
% change year-on-year -9.52% +12.00% +4.17%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
City of London
Permanent vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 9,824 10,367 13,560
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.89% 96.62% 95.92%
Number of salaries quoted 8,778 9,455 11,974
City of London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.35% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £36,250 £33,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £93,750 £90,000 £88,750
Central London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% -

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in the City of London

Head of Security
Salary Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Head of Security in the City of London.

Salary trend for Head of Security in the City of London

Head of Security
Salary Histogram in the City of London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security in the City of London over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the City of London

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, Head of Security job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the City of London region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 13 (92.86%) Information Security
2 11 (78.57%) CISM
2 11 (78.57%) CISSP
2 11 (78.57%) Cybersecurity
3 9 (64.29%) Finance
3 9 (64.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (57.14%) CISA
4 8 (57.14%) COBIT
5 6 (42.86%) ITIL
6 5 (35.71%) Data Protection
6 5 (35.71%) SIEM
7 4 (28.57%) SANS
7 4 (28.57%) Threat Modelling
7 4 (28.57%) Fintech
7 4 (28.57%) GDPR
7 4 (28.57%) OWASP
7 4 (28.57%) PCI DSS
7 4 (28.57%) MiFID
7 4 (28.57%) Risk Assessment
7 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (28.57%) GIAC
7 4 (28.57%) Management Information System
8 3 (21.43%) Data Security
8 3 (21.43%) Java
8 3 (21.43%) .NET
8 3 (21.43%) Change Management
8 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (21.43%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (21.43%) Android
8 3 (21.43%) Security Architecture

Head of Security Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) Intrusion Detection
General
1 9 (64.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) Fintech
1 4 (28.57%) Management Information System
2 2 (14.29%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (7.14%) Mainframe
3 1 (7.14%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (21.43%) Android
1 3 (21.43%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (92.86%) Information Security
2 11 (78.57%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (42.86%) ITIL
4 5 (35.71%) Data Protection
4 5 (35.71%) SIEM
5 4 (28.57%) OWASP
5 4 (28.57%) Risk Assessment
5 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (28.57%) Threat Modelling
6 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (21.43%) Change Management
6 3 (21.43%) Data Security
6 3 (21.43%) Security Architecture
6 3 (21.43%) Security Operations
7 2 (14.29%) Information Security Governance
7 2 (14.29%) ISMS
7 2 (14.29%) Penetration Testing
8 1 (7.14%) Business Continuity
8 1 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
8 1 (7.14%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (21.43%) Java
Qualifications
1 11 (78.57%) CISM
1 11 (78.57%) CISSP
2 8 (57.14%) CISA
3 4 (28.57%) GIAC
3 4 (28.57%) SANS
4 3 (21.43%) CLAS
4 3 (21.43%) CRISC
5 2 (14.29%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (64.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (57.14%) COBIT
3 4 (28.57%) GDPR
3 4 (28.57%) MiFID
3 4 (28.57%) PCI DSS
4 1 (7.14%) COSO
4 1 (7.14%) ISO 31000
4 1 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft