Period
to 23 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £100,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

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

Head of Security
UK > England
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1020 1056 1172
Rank change year-on-year +36 +116 -18
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 129 168 96
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.078% 0.094% 0.047%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.097% 0.048%
Number of salaries quoted 104 130 87
England median annual salary £100,000 £88,750 £79,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.68% +12.34% +8.97%
10th Percentile £67,500 £64,773 £56,620
90th Percentile £132,500 £113,875 £125,000
UK median annual salary £100,000 £87,500 £79,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% +10.76% +7.12%

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 157591 172612 198565
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.72% 96.47% 96.53%
Number of salaries quoted 127173 145960 166246
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in England

Head of Security
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for Head of Security in England

Head of Security
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in England

Head of 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 Security within the England region over the 6 months to 23 October 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 -19 80 £105,000 +13.51% 1
South East +58 19 £87,500 +9.38%
Midlands +8 15 £95,000 +40.74%
North of England +2 13 £72,500 +20.83% 1
North West +17 11 £72,500 +20.83% 1
West Midlands -9 9 - -
East Midlands +33 5 £100,000 +56.86%
South West +19 1 £80,000 -15.79%
Yorkshire +10 1 £120,000 +91.24%
East of England +4 1 £85,000 +9.68%
North East - 1 £55,000 -
Head of Security
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 2017, 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 England region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 95 (73.64%) Information Security
2 75 (58.14%) CISSP
3 72 (55.81%) CISM
4 67 (51.94%) Finance
5 50 (38.76%) CISA
6 47 (36.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 46 (35.66%) Cybersecurity
8 41 (31.78%) Security Operations
9 39 (30.23%) Risk Management
10 38 (29.46%) Security Architecture
11 34 (26.36%) SIEM
12 30 (23.26%) Incident Management
13 28 (21.71%) Management Information System
14 27 (20.93%) Banking
15 26 (20.16%) Stakeholder Management
15 26 (20.16%) Data Protection
16 21 (16.28%) Nessus
17 19 (14.73%) Legal
17 19 (14.73%) ITIL
18 18 (13.95%) GIAC
18 18 (13.95%) CyberArk
19 17 (13.18%) GSEC
19 17 (13.18%) GISF
19 17 (13.18%) Agile Software Development
19 17 (13.18%) SCCM
20 16 (12.40%) Symantec
20 16 (12.40%) McAfee
20 16 (12.40%) Palo Alto
20 16 (12.40%) McAfee ePO
20 16 (12.40%) Splunk

Head of 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.78%) IIS
1 1 (0.78%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.55%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.30%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (6.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.88%) SaaS
4 2 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.78%) Office 365
5 1 (0.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.30%) Firewall
1 12 (9.30%) Internet
2 11 (8.53%) TCP/IP
3 7 (5.43%) Network Security
4 6 (4.65%) SAN
5 5 (3.88%) NAS
6 3 (2.33%) Ethernet
6 3 (2.33%) VPN
7 2 (1.55%) LAN
7 2 (1.55%) WAN
8 1 (0.78%) Cisco IPT
8 1 (0.78%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (0.78%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.43%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.88%) Looker
3 4 (3.10%) GIS
4 2 (1.55%) Big Data
5 1 (0.78%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.78%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.88%) Fiddler
General
1 67 (51.94%) Finance
2 27 (20.93%) Banking
3 19 (14.73%) Legal
4 4 (3.10%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.10%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.33%) Law
5 3 (2.33%) Marketing
5 3 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.55%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.55%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.55%) Publishing
6 2 (1.55%) Retail
7 1 (0.78%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.78%) Front Office
7 1 (0.78%) iGaming
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (12.40%) SailPoint
2 4 (3.10%) Middleware
3 2 (1.55%) .NET
3 2 (1.55%) Node.js
4 1 (0.78%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 28 (21.71%) Management Information System
2 7 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.65%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (3.88%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.88%) Public Cloud
5 4 (3.10%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.33%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.55%) Contactless
8 1 (0.78%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.78%) Cyber Attack
8 1 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.78%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.78%) Internet of Things
8 1 (0.78%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (4.65%) Linux
1 6 (4.65%) Windows
2 4 (3.10%) Unix
3 3 (2.33%) Kali Linux
4 2 (1.55%) Android
4 2 (1.55%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.55%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (73.64%) Information Security
2 46 (35.66%) Cybersecurity
3 41 (31.78%) Security Operations
4 39 (30.23%) Risk Management
5 38 (29.46%) Security Architecture
6 34 (26.36%) SIEM
7 30 (23.26%) Incident Management
8 26 (20.16%) Data Protection
8 26 (20.16%) Stakeholder Management
9 19 (14.73%) ITIL
10 17 (13.18%) Agile Software Development
11 15 (11.63%) Penetration Testing
12 14 (10.85%) Change Management
12 14 (10.85%) Threat Intelligence
13 13 (10.08%) Security Management
14 12 (9.30%) Business Continuity
14 12 (9.30%) Disaster Recovery
15 11 (8.53%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 11 (8.53%) Data Loss Prevention
15 11 (8.53%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.65%) C
1 6 (4.65%) Python
2 5 (3.88%) Java
2 5 (3.88%) Perl
3 3 (2.33%) C++
4 2 (1.55%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.55%) SQL
5 1 (0.78%) C#
5 1 (0.78%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 75 (58.14%) CISSP
2 72 (55.81%) CISM
3 50 (38.76%) CISA
4 18 (13.95%) GIAC
5 17 (13.18%) GISF
5 17 (13.18%) GSEC
6 14 (10.85%) CEH
7 13 (10.08%) Degree
8 10 (7.75%) CRISC
9 5 (3.88%) ISSEP
10 3 (2.33%) CompTIA Security+
10 3 (2.33%) OSCP
10 3 (2.33%) SANS
10 3 (2.33%) Security+ Certification
11 2 (1.55%) CGEIT
11 2 (1.55%) CISMP
11 2 (1.55%) GWAPT
11 2 (1.55%) IRCA
11 2 (1.55%) Master's Degree
11 2 (1.55%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (36.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (10.08%) GDPR
3 11 (8.53%) PCI DSS
4 9 (6.98%) COBIT
5 7 (5.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 5 (3.88%) ISO 9001
6 5 (3.88%) NIST 800
7 4 (3.10%) COSO
7 4 (3.10%) ISO 31000
7 4 (3.10%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 3 (2.33%) BS25999
8 3 (2.33%) RMADS
9 2 (1.55%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (1.55%) ISO 14001
9 2 (1.55%) SLA
9 2 (1.55%) Web Application Security Consortium
10 1 (0.78%) PSD2
10 1 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (3.88%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.55%) Firmware
3 1 (0.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 21 (16.28%) Nessus
2 17 (13.18%) SCCM
3 16 (12.40%) McAfee ePO
4 11 (8.53%) FTK
5 5 (3.88%) HP Fortify
6 2 (1.55%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.78%) Ansible
7 1 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.78%) Puppet
7 1 (0.78%) Salt
7 1 (0.78%) SCOM
7 1 (0.78%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.78%) SCSM
7 1 (0.78%) vMotion
Vendors
1 18 (13.95%) CyberArk
2 16 (12.40%) Aveksa
2 16 (12.40%) McAfee
2 16 (12.40%) Palo Alto
2 16 (12.40%) Splunk
2 16 (12.40%) Symantec
3 5 (3.88%) HP
3 5 (3.88%) NetApp
3 5 (3.88%) Veracode
4 4 (3.10%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.33%) F5
5 3 (2.33%) Fortinet
6 2 (1.55%) Blue Coat
6 2 (1.55%) ForeScout
6 2 (1.55%) Juniper
6 2 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.78%) Barracuda Networks
7 1 (0.78%) Google
7 1 (0.78%) VMware
7 1 (0.78%) WatchGuard