Period
to 18 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 August 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
UK > England
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 962 1045 1084
Rank change year-on-year +83 +39 +92
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 173 133 153
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.080% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.083% 0.085%
Number of salaries quoted 130 105 107
England median annual salary £95,000 £95,000 £87,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +8.57% +6.06%
10th Percentile £68,625 £65,000 £57,500
90th Percentile £120,000 £132,500 £110,000
UK median annual salary £95,000 £95,000 £87,500
% change year-on-year - +8.57% +9.38%

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 153,015 160,018 179,940
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.25% 96.06% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 124,154 130,190 152,960
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +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 18 August 2018.

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 18 August 2018. 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 +69 108 £95,000 -17.39% 3
South East +11 23 £115,000 +27.78%
North of England +12 17 £72,500 -3.33%
East of England +15 13 £64,725 -23.85%
North West +2 13 £72,500 -3.33%
Midlands +7 9 £80,000 -13.51% 1
West Midlands +29 8 £80,000 -5.88% 1
Yorkshire +35 3 £110,000 +76.00%
South West +13 3 £67,500 -15.63%
East Midlands +4 1 £55,514 -44.49%
North East -18 1 - -
Head of Security
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, Head of Security job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 120 (69.36%) Information Security
2 102 (58.96%) Cybersecurity
3 95 (54.91%) CISSP
4 79 (45.66%) CISM
5 54 (31.21%) SIEM
6 51 (29.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 49 (28.32%) Firewall
8 48 (27.75%) CISA
8 48 (27.75%) Finance
8 48 (27.75%) GDPR
9 46 (26.59%) Risk Management
10 43 (24.86%) Data Protection
11 38 (21.97%) Management Information System
12 37 (21.39%) Vulnerability Management
13 33 (19.08%) PCI DSS
14 32 (18.50%) Security Management
15 29 (16.76%) Legal
16 28 (16.18%) Business Continuity
17 27 (15.61%) Stakeholder Management
17 27 (15.61%) Incident Management
17 27 (15.61%) Continuous Improvement
18 24 (13.87%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 24 (13.87%) Information Security Management
19 23 (13.29%) Risk Analysis
19 23 (13.29%) Identity Access Management
20 22 (12.72%) Security Monitoring
20 22 (12.72%) Penetration Testing
20 22 (12.72%) ITIL
21 20 (11.56%) Cryptography
21 20 (11.56%) Problem-Solving

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 3 (1.73%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.47%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.31%) IaaS
4 2 (1.16%) SaaS
5 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 49 (28.32%) Firewall
2 16 (9.25%) Intrusion Detection
3 14 (8.09%) Internet
4 9 (5.20%) Network Security
5 3 (1.73%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.16%) DMZ
7 1 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (0.58%) LAN
7 1 (0.58%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.16%) Big Data
1 2 (1.16%) GIS
2 1 (0.58%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.58%) Hadoop
General
1 48 (27.75%) Finance
2 29 (16.76%) Legal
3 10 (5.78%) Banking
4 8 (4.62%) Games
5 7 (4.05%) Retail
6 6 (3.47%) Publishing
7 4 (2.31%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.16%) Local Government
9 1 (0.58%) Back Office
9 1 (0.58%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.58%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.58%) Law
9 1 (0.58%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.58%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 38 (21.97%) Management Information System
2 12 (6.94%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (6.36%) Cyberattack
4 8 (4.62%) Data Protection Act
4 8 (4.62%) Fintech
5 7 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.31%) Cybercrime
6 4 (2.31%) Cyberthreat
6 4 (2.31%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.31%) Online Banking
6 4 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.58%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.58%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.58%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.58%) PKI
8 1 (0.58%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (2.89%) Unix
2 2 (1.16%) Linux
2 2 (1.16%) Ubuntu
2 2 (1.16%) Windows
2 2 (1.16%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (69.36%) Information Security
2 102 (58.96%) Cybersecurity
3 54 (31.21%) SIEM
4 46 (26.59%) Risk Management
5 43 (24.86%) Data Protection
6 37 (21.39%) Vulnerability Management
7 32 (18.50%) Security Management
8 28 (16.18%) Business Continuity
9 27 (15.61%) Continuous Improvement
9 27 (15.61%) Incident Management
9 27 (15.61%) Stakeholder Management
10 24 (13.87%) Information Security Management
10 24 (13.87%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 23 (13.29%) Identity Access Management
11 23 (13.29%) Risk Analysis
12 22 (12.72%) ITIL
12 22 (12.72%) Penetration Testing
12 22 (12.72%) Security Monitoring
13 20 (11.56%) Cryptography
13 20 (11.56%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.05%) Python
2 5 (2.89%) Java
3 3 (1.73%) C
4 2 (1.16%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.16%) Perl
Qualifications
1 95 (54.91%) CISSP
2 79 (45.66%) CISM
3 48 (27.75%) CISA
4 19 (10.98%) Degree
5 17 (9.83%) CEH
6 15 (8.67%) GPEN
6 15 (8.67%) SC Cleared
6 15 (8.67%) Security Cleared
7 9 (5.20%) CRISC
8 6 (3.47%) OSCP
9 5 (2.89%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (2.31%) CCNA
11 3 (1.73%) CLAS
11 3 (1.73%) IISP
11 3 (1.73%) ISACA
12 2 (1.16%) Check Point Certification
12 2 (1.16%) GIAC
12 2 (1.16%) SANS
13 1 (0.58%) GCIA
13 1 (0.58%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (29.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 48 (27.75%) GDPR
3 33 (19.08%) PCI DSS
4 18 (10.40%) COBIT
5 10 (5.78%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (4.62%) ISO 9001
7 4 (2.31%) RMADS
8 3 (1.73%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (1.73%) ISO 14001
8 3 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (1.73%) PMO
9 2 (1.16%) ISO 22301
9 2 (1.16%) MiFID
10 1 (0.58%) GPG13
10 1 (0.58%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.16%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.73%) CASB
2 2 (1.16%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.58%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.58%) Nessus
Vendors
1 6 (3.47%) CheckPoint
2 4 (2.31%) Cisco
3 3 (1.73%) CyberArk
3 3 (1.73%) Juniper
3 3 (1.73%) Microsoft
3 3 (1.73%) Trend Micro
4 1 (0.58%) Blue Coat
4 1 (0.58%) Cloudera
4 1 (0.58%) Palo Alto
4 1 (0.58%) Qualys