The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £100,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 842 892
Rank change year-on-year +55 +50  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 70 67 59
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.085% 0.072% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.088% 0.075% 0.059%
Number of salaries quoted 51 41 51
Median salary £100,000 £90,000 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50%  
90% offered a salary of more than £71,000 £70,000 £62,500
10% offered a salary of more than £125,000 £100,000 £100,000
UK excluding London median salary £80,000 £90,000 £80,000
% change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
England
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 79382 89280 100510
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England 95.99% 96.54% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 65298 76096 83752
Median salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Head of Security in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +35 38 £120,000 +33.33% 4
North West - 13 £80,000 - 2
West Midlands +8 7 £85,000 -
South East +37 6 £80,000 -11.11% 1
East Midlands +18 2 £100,000 +81.81%
South West +7 2 £80,000 -15.78%
East of England -1 1 £85,000 +9.67%
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 24 June 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 90 (78.95%) Information Security
2 53 (46.49%) CISSP
3 51 (44.74%) CISM
4 43 (37.72%) CISA
5 36 (31.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 34 (29.82%) Finance
7 31 (27.19%) Security Architecture
8 25 (21.93%) Management Information System
9 23 (20.18%) Cybersecurity
10 19 (16.67%) Security Operations
10 19 (16.67%) Risk Management
11 18 (15.79%) Data Protection
12 17 (14.91%) Banking
12 17 (14.91%) Nessus
12 17 (14.91%) SIEM
13 16 (14.04%) Business Continuity
14 15 (13.16%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (13.16%) Firewall
15 14 (12.28%) Disaster Recovery
15 14 (12.28%) GIAC
15 14 (12.28%) Legal
15 14 (12.28%) GSEC
15 14 (12.28%) GISF
15 14 (12.28%) Incident Management
15 14 (12.28%) Degree
15 14 (12.28%) Palo Alto
16 13 (11.40%) CyberArk
16 13 (11.40%) McAfee ePO
16 13 (11.40%) Splunk
16 13 (11.40%) SailPoint

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 (0.88%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (3.51%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (3.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.39%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.16%) Firewall
2 9 (7.89%) Network Security
3 4 (3.51%) NAS
3 4 (3.51%) SAN
4 3 (2.63%) Ethernet
4 3 (2.63%) LAN
4 3 (2.63%) WAN
5 2 (1.75%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.75%) VPN
5 2 (1.75%) Wireless
6 1 (0.88%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.88%) Internet
6 1 (0.88%) MPLS
6 1 (0.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.39%) Hadoop
2 4 (3.51%) Looker
3 1 (0.88%) Big Data
3 1 (0.88%) GIS
Development Applications
1 4 (3.51%) Fiddler
General
1 34 (29.82%) Finance
2 17 (14.91%) Banking
3 14 (12.28%) Legal
4 3 (2.63%) Law
4 3 (2.63%) Marketing
4 3 (2.63%) Retail
4 3 (2.63%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.75%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.75%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.75%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.75%) Publishing
6 1 (0.88%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.88%) iGaming
6 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (11.40%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.88%) .NET
2 1 (0.88%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 25 (21.93%) Management Information System
2 5 (4.39%) Data Protection Act
3 4 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.63%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 3 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (2.63%) Public Cloud
4 3 (2.63%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.75%) Cyber Attack
5 2 (1.75%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (0.88%) CCTV
6 1 (0.88%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.88%) Cybercrime
6 1 (0.88%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.88%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.51%) Linux
2 3 (2.63%) Kali Linux
2 3 (2.63%) Windows
3 2 (1.75%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.88%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (78.95%) Information Security
2 31 (27.19%) Security Architecture
3 23 (20.18%) Cybersecurity
4 19 (16.67%) Risk Management
4 19 (16.67%) Security Operations
5 18 (15.79%) Data Protection
6 17 (14.91%) SIEM
7 16 (14.04%) Business Continuity
8 15 (13.16%) Stakeholder Management
9 14 (12.28%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (12.28%) Incident Management
10 12 (10.53%) IT Governance
10 12 (10.53%) ITIL
10 12 (10.53%) Penetration Testing
11 11 (9.65%) ISMS
11 11 (9.65%) IT Strategy
11 11 (9.65%) Security Management
12 10 (8.77%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (7.89%) Demand Management
13 9 (7.89%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.02%) C
2 4 (3.51%) Perl
2 4 (3.51%) Python
3 1 (0.88%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 53 (46.49%) CISSP
2 51 (44.74%) CISM
3 43 (37.72%) CISA
4 14 (12.28%) Degree
4 14 (12.28%) GIAC
4 14 (12.28%) GISF
4 14 (12.28%) GSEC
5 8 (7.02%) CEH
6 4 (3.51%) ISSEP
7 3 (2.63%) CLAS
7 3 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.63%) CRISC
7 3 (2.63%) IRCA
8 2 (1.75%) CompTIA Security+
8 2 (1.75%) Security Cleared
8 2 (1.75%) Security+ Certification
9 1 (0.88%) CREST Certified
9 1 (0.88%) OSCP
9 1 (0.88%) SANS
9 1 (0.88%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (31.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (8.77%) PCI DSS
3 9 (7.89%) COBIT
4 8 (7.02%) GDPR
4 8 (7.02%) SLA
5 6 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 6 (5.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (3.51%) COSO
6 4 (3.51%) ISO 31000
6 4 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 4 (3.51%) NIST 800
7 3 (2.63%) ISO 14001
7 3 (2.63%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.88%) BS25999
System Software
1 4 (3.51%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.75%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.88%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (14.91%) Nessus
2 13 (11.40%) McAfee ePO
2 13 (11.40%) SCCM
3 4 (3.51%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 14 (12.28%) Palo Alto
2 13 (11.40%) Aveksa
2 13 (11.40%) CyberArk
2 13 (11.40%) McAfee
2 13 (11.40%) Splunk
2 13 (11.40%) Symantec
3 6 (5.26%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.51%) HP
4 4 (3.51%) NetApp
4 4 (3.51%) Veracode
5 2 (1.75%) F5
5 2 (1.75%) Juniper
6 1 (0.88%) Cisco
6 1 (0.88%) Forcepoint
6 1 (0.88%) Fortinet
6 1 (0.88%) SAP
6 1 (0.88%) Stonesoft
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