Period
to 24 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Information Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

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

Head of Information Security
UK > England
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1101 1127 1237
Rank change year-on-year +26 +110 +12
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 62 80 54
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.037% 0.045% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.038% 0.046% 0.027%
Number of salaries quoted 51 65 51
England median annual salary £95,000 £90,000 £70,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +28.57% -12.50%
10th Percentile £68,750 £62,550 £55,000
90th Percentile £132,500 £113,250 £110,000
UK median annual salary £95,000 £90,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% +28.57% -11.11%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Permanent vacancies in England with a recognized job title 161568 172325 198595
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.73% 96.50% 96.51%
Number of salaries quoted 130662 145385 166655
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,375
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

Head of Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Information Security in England

Head of Information Security
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for Head of Information Security in England

Head of Information Security
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Information Security in England over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Information Security in England

Head of Information Security
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Information Security within the England region over the 6 months to 24 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -11 42 £106,250 +13.33% 1
South East +57 8 £87,500 +2.94%
Midlands +34 6 £70,000 -17.65%
North of England +10 5 £57,500 -4.17% 1
East Midlands +31 3 £70,000 -17.65%
West Midlands +18 3 - -
North East - 3 £55,000 - 1
North West -21 2 £76,250 +27.08%
East of England - 1 £85,000 -
Head of Information Security
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, Head of Information 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 England region featuring Head of Information Security in the job title.

1 62 (100.00%) Information Security
2 46 (74.19%) CISM
3 41 (66.13%) CISSP
4 39 (62.90%) Finance
5 32 (51.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 29 (46.77%) CISA
7 21 (33.87%) Security Architecture
8 18 (29.03%) Risk Management
9 17 (27.42%) Data Protection
9 17 (27.42%) Security Operations
9 17 (27.42%) GDPR
10 16 (25.81%) Management Information System
10 16 (25.81%) Legal
10 16 (25.81%) Banking
11 14 (22.58%) GIAC
11 14 (22.58%) SIEM
11 14 (22.58%) Cybersecurity
12 13 (20.97%) GSEC
12 13 (20.97%) GISF
13 12 (19.35%) Nessus
13 12 (19.35%) Disaster Recovery
13 12 (19.35%) Symantec
13 12 (19.35%) McAfee
13 12 (19.35%) Splunk
13 12 (19.35%) SailPoint
13 12 (19.35%) Aveksa
13 12 (19.35%) McAfee ePO
13 12 (19.35%) SCCM
13 12 (19.35%) CyberArk
13 12 (19.35%) Palo Alto

Head of Information Security Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.68%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (6.45%) SaaS
3 3 (4.84%) IaaS
4 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.61%) Office 365
5 1 (1.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.61%) Cisco IPT
General
1 39 (62.90%) Finance
2 16 (25.81%) Banking
2 16 (25.81%) Legal
3 3 (4.84%) Law
3 3 (4.84%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (4.84%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.61%) Front Office
4 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Marketing
4 1 (1.61%) Publishing
4 1 (1.61%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (19.35%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 16 (25.81%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.45%) Data Protection Act
2 4 (6.45%) Public Cloud
3 2 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.23%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.61%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.61%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (1.61%) SWIFT
4 1 (1.61%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (100.00%) Information Security
2 21 (33.87%) Security Architecture
3 18 (29.03%) Risk Management
4 17 (27.42%) Data Protection
4 17 (27.42%) Security Operations
5 14 (22.58%) Cybersecurity
5 14 (22.58%) SIEM
6 12 (19.35%) Disaster Recovery
7 11 (17.74%) Information Security Management
7 11 (17.74%) Security Management
8 9 (14.52%) Business Continuity
9 8 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (12.90%) Data Security
9 8 (12.90%) ITIL
10 7 (11.29%) Incident Management
11 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (9.68%) Change Management
11 6 (9.68%) Risk Assessment
11 6 (9.68%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (8.06%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.45%) C
Qualifications
1 46 (74.19%) CISM
2 41 (66.13%) CISSP
3 29 (46.77%) CISA
4 14 (22.58%) GIAC
5 13 (20.97%) GISF
5 13 (20.97%) GSEC
6 8 (12.90%) CRISC
6 8 (12.90%) Degree
7 6 (9.68%) CLAS
8 4 (6.45%) CEH
9 1 (1.61%) CISMP
9 1 (1.61%) CompTIA Security+
9 1 (1.61%) ISEB
9 1 (1.61%) Master's Degree
9 1 (1.61%) SANS
9 1 (1.61%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (51.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (27.42%) GDPR
3 11 (17.74%) COBIT
4 9 (14.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 7 (11.29%) PCI DSS
6 6 (9.68%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (8.06%) COSO
7 5 (8.06%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 4 (6.45%) ISO 31000
9 3 (4.84%) BS25999
9 3 (4.84%) RMADS
10 1 (1.61%) ISO 9001
10 1 (1.61%) PSD2
Systems Management
1 12 (19.35%) McAfee ePO
1 12 (19.35%) Nessus
1 12 (19.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (19.35%) Aveksa
1 12 (19.35%) CyberArk
1 12 (19.35%) McAfee
1 12 (19.35%) Palo Alto
1 12 (19.35%) Splunk
1 12 (19.35%) Symantec
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft