Period
to 21 April 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £97,500 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 979 1024 1133
Rank change year-on-year +45 +109 +14
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 184 125 134
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.077% 0.070%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.080% 0.072%
Number of salaries quoted 149 98 103
England median annual salary £97,500 £85,000 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.71% -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £68,500 £60,125 £57,900
90th Percentile £118,750 £130,750 £122,500
UK median annual salary £95,000 £85,000 £90,000
% change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% +5.88%

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 160,321 155,830 185,909
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.47% 96.57% 96.69%
Number of salaries quoted 132,067 130,439 157,602
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 £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 21 April 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 21 April 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 +37 124 £100,000 - 5
South East +1 20 £100,000 +25.00%
North of England -11 20 £72,500 -3.33%
North West -10 15 £73,750 -1.67%
Midlands -7 9 £85,000 +17.24%
West Midlands -5 7 £85,000 +6.25%
South West -4 6 £49,500 -
East of England -16 5 £75,000 +7.14% 1
North East -23 3 £55,000 +4.76%
Yorkshire +21 2 £80,000 +28.00%
East Midlands -1 2 £77,757 +11.08%
Head of Security
UK

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

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 117 (63.59%) Information Security
2 99 (53.80%) Cybersecurity
3 76 (41.30%) CISSP
4 71 (38.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 67 (36.41%) Firewall
5 67 (36.41%) SIEM
6 64 (34.78%) Finance
7 57 (30.98%) CISM
8 51 (27.72%) Management Information System
9 46 (25.00%) CISA
10 41 (22.28%) ITIL
11 40 (21.74%) Analytics
12 39 (21.20%) Security Monitoring
13 38 (20.65%) GDPR
13 38 (20.65%) Security Management
13 38 (20.65%) Intrusion Detection
14 37 (20.11%) Risk Management
15 35 (19.02%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 34 (18.48%) Data Protection
17 31 (16.85%) Security Operations
17 31 (16.85%) Legal
18 29 (15.76%) Penetration Testing
19 27 (14.67%) Network Security
19 27 (14.67%) Continuous Improvement
20 26 (14.13%) COBIT
21 24 (13.04%) Information Security Management
22 23 (12.50%) Change Management
22 23 (12.50%) Business Continuity
22 23 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
22 23 (12.50%) Identity Access Management

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 (1.63%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.17%) IaaS
3 4 (2.17%) SaaS
4 1 (0.54%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (36.41%) Firewall
2 38 (20.65%) Intrusion Detection
3 27 (14.67%) Network Security
4 18 (9.78%) TCP/IP
5 16 (8.70%) VPN
6 15 (8.15%) IPsec
6 15 (8.15%) SSL
7 10 (5.43%) Internet
8 3 (1.63%) DMZ
9 2 (1.09%) LAN
10 1 (0.54%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.54%) DHCP
10 1 (0.54%) VLAN
10 1 (0.54%) WAN
10 1 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.54%) Blockchain
General
1 64 (34.78%) Finance
2 31 (16.85%) Legal
3 17 (9.24%) Games
4 5 (2.72%) Banking
4 5 (2.72%) Publishing
4 5 (2.72%) Retail
5 3 (1.63%) Law
6 2 (1.09%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.09%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Back Office
7 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.54%) Local Government
7 1 (0.54%) Marketing
7 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.54%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 51 (27.72%) Management Information System
2 17 (9.24%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (8.70%) Cyberattack
4 8 (4.35%) Fintech
5 7 (3.80%) Data Protection Act
6 5 (2.72%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (1.63%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (1.09%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.09%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.09%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.54%) CESG
9 1 (0.54%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.54%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.54%) Freedom of Information
9 1 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (2.72%) Linux
1 5 (2.72%) Windows
2 4 (2.17%) Unix
3 3 (1.63%) Ubuntu
3 3 (1.63%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.54%) Android
4 1 (0.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (63.59%) Information Security
2 99 (53.80%) Cybersecurity
3 67 (36.41%) SIEM
4 41 (22.28%) ITIL
5 40 (21.74%) Analytics
6 39 (21.20%) Security Monitoring
7 38 (20.65%) Security Management
8 37 (20.11%) Risk Management
9 35 (19.02%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 34 (18.48%) Data Protection
11 31 (16.85%) Security Operations
12 29 (15.76%) Penetration Testing
13 27 (14.67%) Continuous Improvement
14 24 (13.04%) Information Security Management
15 23 (12.50%) Business Continuity
15 23 (12.50%) Change Management
15 23 (12.50%) Identity Access Management
15 23 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
16 20 (10.87%) Incident Management
16 20 (10.87%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 8 (4.35%) C
2 7 (3.80%) Python
3 5 (2.72%) Java
4 3 (1.63%) Bash Shell
4 3 (1.63%) Perl
Qualifications
1 76 (41.30%) CISSP
2 57 (30.98%) CISM
3 46 (25.00%) CISA
4 15 (8.15%) CRISC
4 15 (8.15%) Degree
5 13 (7.07%) GIAC
6 12 (6.52%) SANS
7 11 (5.98%) CLAS
8 7 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (3.26%) CCNA
9 6 (3.26%) CEH
9 6 (3.26%) OSCP
10 4 (2.17%) IISP
10 4 (2.17%) Security Cleared
11 3 (1.63%) CESG Certified Professional
11 3 (1.63%) QiCA
12 2 (1.09%) CISMP
12 2 (1.09%) DV Cleared
12 2 (1.09%) GWAPT
12 2 (1.09%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (38.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (20.65%) GDPR
3 26 (14.13%) COBIT
4 22 (11.96%) Cyber Essentials
5 20 (10.87%) PCI DSS
6 9 (4.89%) ISO 9001
7 8 (4.35%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 5 (2.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (2.17%) MiFID
9 4 (2.17%) PMO
10 3 (1.63%) GPG13
11 2 (1.09%) COSO
11 2 (1.09%) ISO 14001
11 2 (1.09%) ISO 22301
11 2 (1.09%) SLA
11 2 (1.09%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 1 (0.54%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.54%) ISO 31000
12 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 3 (1.63%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (2.72%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (2.17%) CASB
3 3 (1.63%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (0.54%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 1 (0.54%) CSIRT
4 1 (0.54%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 5 (2.72%) CheckPoint
2 4 (2.17%) CyberArk
2 4 (2.17%) Trend Micro
3 3 (1.63%) Cisco
4 2 (1.09%) Palo Alto
4 2 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.09%) VMware
5 1 (0.54%) Blue Coat
5 1 (0.54%) Juniper
5 1 (0.54%) Microsoft