Period
to 21 April 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 859 816 902
Rank change year-on-year -43 +86 +62
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 64 77 83
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.062% 0.078% 0.071%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.064% 0.080% 0.074%
Number of salaries quoted 44 51 58
UK excluding London median annual salary £75,000 £75,000 £82,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -9.09% -1.49%
10th Percentile £52,500 £53,750 £53,000
90th Percentile £107,500 £95,000 £95,000
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 the UK excluding 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
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 100,148 96,263 112,651
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 97.02% 96.97% 96.90%
Number of salaries quoted 81,696 79,370 93,142
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £64,750 £65,000
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 the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in the UK excluding London

Head of Security
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Salary trend for Head of Security in the UK excluding London

Head of Security
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 21 April 2018.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK excluding London

Head of Security
Job Locations in the UK excluding 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 UK excluding London 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
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
Scotland -51 4 £72,500 -3.33% 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 the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 51 (79.69%) Information Security
2 35 (54.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (53.13%) CISSP
4 31 (48.44%) Cybersecurity
5 29 (45.31%) Risk Management
6 24 (37.50%) GDPR
7 23 (35.94%) ITIL
8 22 (34.38%) Security Management
9 21 (32.81%) CISM
9 21 (32.81%) Data Protection
9 21 (32.81%) SIEM
9 21 (32.81%) Security Operations
10 20 (31.25%) Business Continuity
11 18 (28.13%) Management Information System
11 18 (28.13%) CISA
12 17 (26.56%) Finance
12 17 (26.56%) PCI DSS
13 16 (25.00%) Information Security Management
14 15 (23.44%) Incident Management
15 14 (21.88%) COBIT
16 12 (18.75%) Legal
16 12 (18.75%) Change Management
17 11 (17.19%) CRISC
18 10 (15.63%) Service Management
19 9 (14.06%) Disaster Recovery
19 9 (14.06%) Firewall
19 9 (14.06%) Cyber Essentials
20 8 (12.50%) IT Strategy
20 8 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
20 8 (12.50%) ISO 9001

Head of Security Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding 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 3 (4.69%) IIS
2 1 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.56%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.56%) IaaS
2 1 (1.56%) Office 365
2 1 (1.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (14.06%) Firewall
2 7 (10.94%) Network Security
3 6 (9.38%) Internet
4 2 (3.13%) DHCP
4 2 (3.13%) LAN
4 2 (3.13%) VPN
5 1 (1.56%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.56%) DNS
5 1 (1.56%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.56%) VLAN
5 1 (1.56%) VoIP
5 1 (1.56%) WAN
5 1 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.56%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 17 (26.56%) Finance
2 12 (18.75%) Legal
3 6 (9.38%) Publishing
4 5 (7.81%) Retail
5 3 (4.69%) Law
6 2 (3.13%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.56%) Back Office
7 1 (1.56%) Banking
7 1 (1.56%) Financial Institution
7 1 (1.56%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.56%) Local Government
7 1 (1.56%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.56%) .NET
1 1 (1.56%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 18 (28.13%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.69%) Security Operations Centre
3 2 (3.13%) Taxonomies
4 1 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.56%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.56%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.56%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (1.56%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.13%) Linux
1 2 (3.13%) Windows
2 1 (1.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (79.69%) Information Security
2 31 (48.44%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (45.31%) Risk Management
4 23 (35.94%) ITIL
5 22 (34.38%) Security Management
6 21 (32.81%) Data Protection
6 21 (32.81%) Security Operations
6 21 (32.81%) SIEM
7 20 (31.25%) Business Continuity
8 16 (25.00%) Information Security Management
9 15 (23.44%) Incident Management
10 12 (18.75%) Change Management
11 10 (15.63%) Service Management
12 9 (14.06%) Disaster Recovery
13 8 (12.50%) IT Strategy
13 8 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
14 7 (10.94%) Data Privacy
14 7 (10.94%) Regulatory Compliance
15 6 (9.38%) Analytics
15 6 (9.38%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.81%) C
2 1 (1.56%) C#
2 1 (1.56%) SQL
2 1 (1.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (53.13%) CISSP
2 21 (32.81%) CISM
3 18 (28.13%) CISA
4 11 (17.19%) CRISC
5 7 (10.94%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (10.94%) Degree
6 6 (9.38%) CCNA
7 4 (6.25%) CEH
7 4 (6.25%) GIAC
7 4 (6.25%) IISP
7 4 (6.25%) SANS
7 4 (6.25%) Security Cleared
8 3 (4.69%) CESG Certified Professional
8 3 (4.69%) OSCP
9 2 (3.13%) CISMP
9 2 (3.13%) DV Cleared
9 2 (3.13%) GWAPT
9 2 (3.13%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 1 (1.56%) CCENT
10 1 (1.56%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (54.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (37.50%) GDPR
3 17 (26.56%) PCI DSS
4 14 (21.88%) COBIT
5 9 (14.06%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (12.50%) ISO 9001
7 4 (6.25%) PMO
8 3 (4.69%) GPG13
8 3 (4.69%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (4.69%) SLA
9 2 (3.13%) ISO 22301
9 2 (3.13%) Web Application Security Consortium
10 1 (1.56%) ISO 14001
10 1 (1.56%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 1 (1.56%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.56%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (6.25%) CASB
2 1 (1.56%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 1 (1.56%) CSIRT
Vendors
1 5 (7.81%) CheckPoint
2 4 (6.25%) Cisco
2 4 (6.25%) CyberArk
2 4 (6.25%) Trend Micro
3 3 (4.69%) VMware
4 2 (3.13%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.13%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.56%) Blue Coat
5 1 (1.56%) Juniper
5 1 (1.56%) Palo Alto