Period
to 23 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £86,250 in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 23 October 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 855 875 960
Rank change year-on-year +20 +85 -47
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 51 78 31
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.053% 0.071% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.054% 0.073% 0.026%
Number of salaries quoted 36 47 27
UK excluding London median annual salary £86,250 £80,000 £77,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.81% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £65,000 £56,000 £55,050
90th Percentile £100,000 £100,250 £96,250
UK median annual salary £100,000 £87,500 £79,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% +10.76% +7.12%

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 93920 106225 121216
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.82% 96.92% 96.93%
Number of salaries quoted 76906 87423 99434
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £25,150 £25,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £63,250
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +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 23 October 2017.

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 23 October 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
South East +58 19 £87,500 +9.38%
Midlands +8 15 £95,000 +40.74%
North of England +2 13 £72,500 +20.83% 1
North West +17 11 £72,500 +20.83% 1
West Midlands -9 9 - -
East Midlands +33 5 £100,000 +56.86%
Wales +6 2 - -
South West +19 1 £80,000 -15.79%
Yorkshire +10 1 £120,000 +91.24%
East of England +4 1 £85,000 +9.68%
North East - 1 £55,000 -
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 23 October 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 UK excluding London region featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 36 (70.59%) Information Security
2 32 (62.75%) CISSP
3 27 (52.94%) CISM
4 26 (50.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (39.22%) Management Information System
6 18 (35.29%) Risk Management
7 17 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
8 16 (31.37%) Finance
9 14 (27.45%) Data Protection
10 13 (25.49%) CISA
11 11 (21.57%) Incident Management
12 10 (19.61%) Security Management
12 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (17.65%) Firewall
13 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS
13 9 (17.65%) CRISC
13 9 (17.65%) GDPR
14 8 (15.69%) OWASP
14 8 (15.69%) CEH
14 8 (15.69%) Information Security Management
15 7 (13.73%) Penetration Testing
15 7 (13.73%) Network Security
15 7 (13.73%) ISMS
15 7 (13.73%) Continuous Improvement
15 7 (13.73%) Security Architecture
16 6 (11.76%) Hadoop
16 6 (11.76%) Data Protection Act
16 6 (11.76%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 6 (11.76%) PRINCE2

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:

Applications
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Project
1 2 (3.92%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.65%) Firewall
2 7 (13.73%) Network Security
3 5 (9.80%) NAS
3 5 (9.80%) SAN
4 3 (5.88%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.76%) Hadoop
2 5 (9.80%) Looker
3 4 (7.84%) GIS
Development Applications
1 5 (9.80%) Fiddler
General
1 16 (31.37%) Finance
2 2 (3.92%) Aerospace
2 2 (3.92%) Banking
2 2 (3.92%) Investment Banking
2 2 (3.92%) Law
2 2 (3.92%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.96%) Front Office
3 1 (1.96%) Marketing
3 1 (1.96%) Retail
3 1 (1.96%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.84%) Middleware
2 1 (1.96%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (39.22%) Management Information System
2 6 (11.76%) Data Protection Act
3 3 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.92%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.92%) Contactless
4 2 (3.92%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.96%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.80%) Linux
1 5 (9.80%) Windows
2 4 (7.84%) Unix
3 3 (5.88%) Kali Linux
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (70.59%) Information Security
2 18 (35.29%) Risk Management
3 17 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
4 14 (27.45%) Data Protection
5 11 (21.57%) Incident Management
6 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (19.61%) Security Management
7 9 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (15.69%) Information Security Management
8 8 (15.69%) OWASP
9 7 (13.73%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (13.73%) ISMS
9 7 (13.73%) Penetration Testing
9 7 (13.73%) Security Architecture
10 6 (11.76%) PRINCE2
10 6 (11.76%) Security Operations
10 6 (11.76%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 5 (9.80%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (9.80%) Risk Assessment
11 5 (9.80%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 6 (11.76%) Python
2 5 (9.80%) Perl
3 3 (5.88%) C
4 2 (3.92%) PowerShell
4 2 (3.92%) SQL
5 1 (1.96%) C#
5 1 (1.96%) C++
5 1 (1.96%) Java
5 1 (1.96%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 32 (62.75%) CISSP
2 27 (52.94%) CISM
3 13 (25.49%) CISA
4 9 (17.65%) CRISC
5 8 (15.69%) CEH
6 5 (9.80%) ISSEP
7 4 (7.84%) Degree
8 3 (5.88%) CompTIA Security+
8 3 (5.88%) SANS
8 3 (5.88%) Security+ Certification
9 2 (3.92%) CISMP
9 2 (3.92%) GIAC
9 2 (3.92%) GWAPT
9 2 (3.92%) MBA
9 2 (3.92%) OSCP
10 1 (1.96%) GISF
10 1 (1.96%) GSEC
10 1 (1.96%) IRCA
10 1 (1.96%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (50.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (17.65%) GDPR
2 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS
3 5 (9.80%) NIST 800
4 4 (7.84%) COBIT
4 4 (7.84%) ISO 9001
5 3 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (5.88%) RMADS
6 2 (3.92%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (3.92%) SLA
6 2 (3.92%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 1 (1.96%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 5 (9.80%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (3.92%) Firmware
3 1 (1.96%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (9.80%) HP Fortify
1 5 (9.80%) Nessus
2 1 (1.96%) Ansible
2 1 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.96%) Puppet
2 1 (1.96%) Salt
Vendors
1 5 (9.80%) HP
1 5 (9.80%) NetApp
1 5 (9.80%) Veracode
2 3 (5.88%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.92%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.96%) F5
4 1 (1.96%) Fortinet
4 1 (1.96%) Juniper