The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £77,500 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Head of Security
UK / England
Rank 790 869 867
Rank change year-on-year +79 -2  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 44 73 75
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.056% 0.075% 0.075%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.058% 0.078% 0.078%
Number of salaries quoted 35 60 62
Median salary £77,500 £90,000 £85,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.88% +5.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £65,000
10% offered a salary of more than £104,000 £115,000 £105,000
UK excluding London median salary £72,500 £85,250 £87,500
% change year-on-year -14.95% -2.57%  

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 75889 93457 96279
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England 96.26% 96.43% 96.65%
Number of salaries quoted 63471 79007 79398
Median salary £46,000 £45,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.09% +1.11%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +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 26 March 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 26 March 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 +59 20 £90,000 -10.00% 5
North West -6 8 £80,000 -
South East +54 5 £70,000 -18.12% 1
Yorkshire +15 4 £62,500 +4.16%
West Midlands +30 3 £77,500 -13.88%
East Midlands +6 2 £68,250 +5.00%
North East - 2 £52,500 -
Head of Security
UK

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 91 (71.65%) Information Security
2 55 (43.31%) CISSP
3 47 (37.01%) CISM
4 44 (34.65%) Finance
5 43 (33.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 29 (22.83%) Management Information System
7 28 (22.05%) CISA
8 27 (21.26%) Security Operations
9 25 (19.69%) Security Architecture
10 22 (17.32%) Degree
10 22 (17.32%) Data Protection
10 22 (17.32%) Cybersecurity
11 20 (15.75%) Firewall
12 17 (13.39%) Identity Management
12 17 (13.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 17 (13.39%) Risk Management
12 17 (13.39%) PCI DSS
12 17 (13.39%) SIEM
13 16 (12.60%) GIAC
14 15 (11.81%) ITIL
14 15 (11.81%) Identity Access Management
15 14 (11.02%) Line Management
16 13 (10.24%) Security Operations Centre
16 13 (10.24%) Windows
17 12 (9.45%) Network Security
18 11 (8.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
18 11 (8.66%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 11 (8.66%) Security Management
18 11 (8.66%) Change Management
19 10 (7.87%) Service Delivery

Head of Security Skill Set
Top Related 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 (0.79%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (3.15%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.94%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.36%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (15.75%) Firewall
2 12 (9.45%) Network Security
3 8 (6.30%) Intrusion Detection
3 8 (6.30%) WAN
4 7 (5.51%) LAN
4 7 (5.51%) Wireless
5 5 (3.94%) DNS
5 5 (3.94%) SMTP
5 5 (3.94%) SSL
6 1 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.79%) Internet
6 1 (0.79%) MPLS
6 1 (0.79%) VoIP
6 1 (0.79%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.94%) Big Data
1 5 (3.94%) Relational Database
General
1 44 (34.65%) Finance
2 10 (7.87%) Banking
3 5 (3.94%) Games
4 4 (3.15%) Legal
5 3 (2.36%) Retail
6 2 (1.57%) Marketing
6 2 (1.57%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.79%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Law
7 1 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.79%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.36%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.79%) .NET
2 1 (0.79%) Middleware
2 1 (0.79%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 29 (22.83%) Management Information System
2 13 (10.24%) Security Operations Centre
3 8 (6.30%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.72%) Computer Science
4 6 (4.72%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (4.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (2.36%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.79%) CCTV
6 1 (0.79%) CESG
6 1 (0.79%) CESG CLAS
6 1 (0.79%) Cyber Attack
6 1 (0.79%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.79%) Cybercrime
6 1 (0.79%) PKI
6 1 (0.79%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.79%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 13 (10.24%) Windows
2 6 (4.72%) Linux
3 2 (1.57%) Unix
3 2 (1.57%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.79%) Android
4 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (71.65%) Information Security
2 27 (21.26%) Security Operations
3 25 (19.69%) Security Architecture
4 22 (17.32%) Cybersecurity
4 22 (17.32%) Data Protection
5 17 (13.39%) Identity Management
5 17 (13.39%) Risk Management
5 17 (13.39%) SIEM
6 15 (11.81%) Identity Access Management
6 15 (11.81%) ITIL
7 14 (11.02%) Line Management
8 11 (8.66%) Change Management
8 11 (8.66%) Security Management
8 11 (8.66%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 11 (8.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 10 (7.87%) Data Loss Prevention
9 10 (7.87%) Database Security
9 10 (7.87%) Risk Analysis
9 10 (7.87%) Service Delivery
9 10 (7.87%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.36%) C
2 1 (0.79%) Java
Qualifications
1 55 (43.31%) CISSP
2 47 (37.01%) CISM
3 28 (22.05%) CISA
4 22 (17.32%) Degree
5 16 (12.60%) GIAC
6 7 (5.51%) CEH
7 5 (3.94%) SANS
8 4 (3.15%) CompTIA Security+
8 4 (3.15%) CRISC
8 4 (3.15%) CSSLP
8 4 (3.15%) Security+ Certification
8 4 (3.15%) SSCP
9 3 (2.36%) CLAS
9 3 (2.36%) GISF
9 3 (2.36%) GSEC
10 2 (1.57%) IRCA
10 2 (1.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (33.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (13.39%) PCI DSS
2 17 (13.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 10 (7.87%) COBIT
4 5 (3.94%) BS7799
5 4 (3.15%) GDPR
5 4 (3.15%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 3 (2.36%) SLA
7 2 (1.57%) ISO 14001
7 2 (1.57%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (1.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.36%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (2.36%) Nessus
1 3 (2.36%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (5.51%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.15%) Palo Alto
3 3 (2.36%) Aveksa
3 3 (2.36%) CyberArk
3 3 (2.36%) Intel Security
3 3 (2.36%) Splunk
3 3 (2.36%) Symantec
4 2 (1.57%) Cisco
5 1 (0.79%) F5
5 1 (0.79%) Forcepoint
5 1 (0.79%) Juniper
5 1 (0.79%) Stonesoft
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