Period
to 17 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £105,000 in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 17 November 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
England > London
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 757 745 866
Rank change year-on-year -12 +121 +9
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 83 112 62
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in London 0.11% 0.15% 0.069%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.15% 0.072%
Number of salaries quoted 70 102 58
London median annual salary £105,000 £95,000 £79,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.53% +20.25% -7.06%
10th Percentile £82,500 £75,000 £56,890
90th Percentile £132,625 £120,000 £130,000
England median annual salary £100,000 £88,750 £75,000
% change year-on-year +12.68% +18.33% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Permanent vacancies in London with a recognized job title 71246 73011 85823
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.34% 95.97% 96.01%
Number of salaries quoted 56013 63062 72818
London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% +4.76%
10th Percentile £33,000 £32,500 £31,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in London

Head of Security
Salary Trend in London

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

Salary trend for Head of Security in London

Head of Security
Salary Histogram in London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security in London over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in London

Head of Security
Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 17 November 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
Central London -1 12 £100,000 -2.44% 3
East London +12 10 £105,000 +5.00%
South London +6 5 £97,500 -2.50%
West London +14 3 £91,250 -5.19% 1
Head of Security
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 London region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 65 (78.31%) Information Security
2 53 (63.86%) Finance
3 46 (55.42%) CISM
4 44 (53.01%) CISSP
5 37 (44.58%) CISA
6 34 (40.96%) Cybersecurity
7 30 (36.14%) Security Operations
8 29 (34.94%) Security Architecture
9 26 (31.33%) SIEM
9 26 (31.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 23 (27.71%) Risk Management
11 22 (26.51%) Banking
11 22 (26.51%) ITIL
12 20 (24.10%) Stakeholder Management
13 19 (22.89%) Incident Management
13 19 (22.89%) Data Protection
14 18 (21.69%) Change Management
15 16 (19.28%) Legal
16 14 (16.87%) CyberArk
16 14 (16.87%) Threat Intelligence
17 13 (15.66%) GIAC
17 13 (15.66%) Internet
17 13 (15.66%) SCCM
18 12 (14.46%) McAfee ePO
18 12 (14.46%) Symantec
18 12 (14.46%) McAfee
18 12 (14.46%) Management Information System
18 12 (14.46%) GSEC
18 12 (14.46%) GISF
18 12 (14.46%) Nessus

Head of Security Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 (1.20%) IIS
1 1 (1.20%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (8.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (7.23%) SaaS
4 2 (2.41%) IaaS
4 2 (2.41%) PaaS
5 1 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.20%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (15.66%) Internet
2 11 (13.25%) TCP/IP
3 3 (3.61%) Firewall
3 3 (3.61%) Intrusion Detection
3 3 (3.61%) VPN
4 2 (2.41%) LAN
4 2 (2.41%) WAN
5 1 (1.20%) Cisco IPT
5 1 (1.20%) SAN
5 1 (1.20%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.20%) Big Data
1 1 (1.20%) MongoDB
1 1 (1.20%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
1 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
General
1 53 (63.86%) Finance
2 22 (26.51%) Banking
3 16 (19.28%) Legal
4 3 (3.61%) Law
4 3 (3.61%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (3.61%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.41%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.41%) Marketing
6 1 (1.20%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.20%) Automotive
6 1 (1.20%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.20%) iGaming
6 1 (1.20%) Publishing
6 1 (1.20%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.46%) SailPoint
2 2 (2.41%) .NET
2 2 (2.41%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.46%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.82%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.82%) Data Protection Act
2 4 (4.82%) Public Cloud
3 2 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.41%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (1.20%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.20%) CESG
4 1 (1.20%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.20%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.20%) Internet of Things
4 1 (1.20%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.20%) SWIFT
4 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.41%) Android
1 2 (2.41%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.20%) Linux
2 1 (1.20%) Windows
2 1 (1.20%) Windows Server
2 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (78.31%) Information Security
2 34 (40.96%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (36.14%) Security Operations
4 29 (34.94%) Security Architecture
5 26 (31.33%) SIEM
6 23 (27.71%) Risk Management
7 22 (26.51%) ITIL
8 20 (24.10%) Stakeholder Management
9 19 (22.89%) Data Protection
9 19 (22.89%) Incident Management
10 18 (21.69%) Change Management
11 14 (16.87%) Threat Intelligence
12 11 (13.25%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
13 10 (12.05%) Data Loss Prevention
14 8 (9.64%) Business Continuity
15 7 (8.43%) Disaster Recovery
16 6 (7.23%) Agile Software Development
16 6 (7.23%) Data Security
16 6 (7.23%) Penetration Testing
17 5 (6.02%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.82%) Java
2 3 (3.61%) C
3 2 (2.41%) C++
Qualifications
1 46 (55.42%) CISM
2 44 (53.01%) CISSP
3 37 (44.58%) CISA
4 13 (15.66%) GIAC
5 12 (14.46%) GISF
5 12 (14.46%) GSEC
6 11 (13.25%) Degree
7 4 (4.82%) CEH
7 4 (4.82%) CLAS
7 4 (4.82%) CRISC
8 3 (3.61%) CGEIT
8 3 (3.61%) ISSAP
8 3 (3.61%) Master's Degree
9 2 (2.41%) SC Cleared
9 2 (2.41%) Security Cleared
10 1 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (1.20%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.20%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (31.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (13.25%) COBIT
3 6 (7.23%) GDPR
4 5 (6.02%) COSO
4 5 (6.02%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 5 (6.02%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 4 (4.82%) ISO 31000
6 3 (3.61%) BS25999
7 2 (2.41%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (1.20%) PCI DSS
8 1 (1.20%) PSD2
Systems Management
1 13 (15.66%) SCCM
2 12 (14.46%) McAfee ePO
2 12 (14.46%) Nessus
3 11 (13.25%) FTK
4 2 (2.41%) CSIRT
5 1 (1.20%) SCOM
5 1 (1.20%) SCOrch
5 1 (1.20%) SCSM
5 1 (1.20%) vMotion
Vendors
1 14 (16.87%) CyberArk
2 12 (14.46%) Aveksa
2 12 (14.46%) McAfee
2 12 (14.46%) Palo Alto
2 12 (14.46%) Splunk
2 12 (14.46%) Symantec
3 2 (2.41%) Blue Coat
3 2 (2.41%) F5
3 2 (2.41%) ForeScout
3 2 (2.41%) Fortinet
4 1 (1.20%) Barracuda Networks
4 1 (1.20%) Citrix
4 1 (1.20%) Google
4 1 (1.20%) Juniper
4 1 (1.20%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.20%) VMware
4 1 (1.20%) WatchGuard