Period
to 21 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £81,250 in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 21 August 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 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 821 845 887
Rank change year-on-year +24 +42 +98
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 71 58 88
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.074% 0.059% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.061% 0.081%
Number of salaries quoted 46 36 52
UK excluding London median annual salary £81,250 £77,500 £82,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.84% -6.06% +3.13%
10th Percentile £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £120,000 £97,500 £95,000
UK median annual salary £95,000 £95,000 £87,500
% change year-on-year - +8.57% +7.69%

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 92,596 95,583 109,057
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.77% 96.88% 97.00%
Number of salaries quoted 74,589 78,357 90,006
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £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 August 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 August 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 +14 21 £115,000 +27.78%
North of England +26 17 £72,500 -3.33%
East of England +36 13 £64,725 -23.85%
North West +11 13 £72,500 -3.33%
Midlands +3 9 £80,000 -13.51% 1
West Midlands +28 8 £80,000 -5.88% 1
Isle of Man - 5 £55,000 -
Yorkshire +35 3 £110,000 +76.00%
Scotland -9 3 - -
South West +6 2 £60,000 -25.00%
Northern Ireland 0 1 - -
East Midlands -2 1 £55,514 -44.49%
North East -18 1 - -
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 August 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 58 (81.69%) Information Security
2 41 (57.75%) Risk Management
3 40 (56.34%) Cybersecurity
4 39 (54.93%) CISSP
5 36 (50.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 35 (49.30%) GDPR
7 32 (45.07%) SIEM
8 30 (42.25%) Data Protection
8 30 (42.25%) CISM
9 29 (40.85%) Business Continuity
10 28 (39.44%) CISA
11 27 (38.03%) PCI DSS
12 23 (32.39%) Information Security Management
12 23 (32.39%) Security Management
13 22 (30.99%) Legal
14 19 (26.76%) Management Information System
14 19 (26.76%) CEH
15 18 (25.35%) Incident Management
15 18 (25.35%) Degree
16 17 (23.94%) Disaster Recovery
17 16 (22.54%) ITIL
17 16 (22.54%) Continuous Improvement
18 15 (21.13%) Vulnerability Management
18 15 (21.13%) Identity Access Management
19 13 (18.31%) COBIT
20 12 (16.90%) Finance
20 12 (16.90%) ISO 9001
21 11 (15.49%) Data Security
22 10 (14.08%) ISMS
22 10 (14.08%) Project Management

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 (4.23%) IIS
2 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.41%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (7.04%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.63%) IaaS
2 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.82%) SaaS
4 1 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.41%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.27%) Firewall
2 7 (9.86%) Internet
2 7 (9.86%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (5.63%) Network Security
4 1 (1.41%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.41%) DHCP
4 1 (1.41%) DNS
4 1 (1.41%) LAN
4 1 (1.41%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.41%) VoIP
4 1 (1.41%) VPN
4 1 (1.41%) WAN
4 1 (1.41%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.41%) GIS
1 1 (1.41%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 22 (30.99%) Legal
2 12 (16.90%) Finance
3 6 (8.45%) Publishing
3 6 (8.45%) Retail
4 2 (2.82%) Marketing
4 2 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.41%) Back Office
5 1 (1.41%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.41%) .NET
1 1 (1.41%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 19 (26.76%) Management Information System
2 8 (11.27%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (11.27%) Data Protection Act
2 8 (11.27%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (4.23%) Fintech
4 2 (2.82%) Cyberattack
4 2 (2.82%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.41%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.41%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (1.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (1.41%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.41%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.41%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.41%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (81.69%) Information Security
2 41 (57.75%) Risk Management
3 40 (56.34%) Cybersecurity
4 32 (45.07%) SIEM
5 30 (42.25%) Data Protection
6 29 (40.85%) Business Continuity
7 23 (32.39%) Information Security Management
7 23 (32.39%) Security Management
8 18 (25.35%) Incident Management
9 17 (23.94%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (22.54%) Continuous Improvement
10 16 (22.54%) ITIL
11 15 (21.13%) Identity Access Management
11 15 (21.13%) Vulnerability Management
12 11 (15.49%) Data Security
13 10 (14.08%) ISMS
13 10 (14.08%) Project Management
14 9 (12.68%) Security Operations
15 8 (11.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 7 (9.86%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.41%) C#
1 1 (1.41%) SQL
1 1 (1.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (54.93%) CISSP
2 30 (42.25%) CISM
3 28 (39.44%) CISA
4 19 (26.76%) CEH
5 18 (25.35%) Degree
6 7 (9.86%) CRISC
7 5 (7.04%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (5.63%) CCNA
9 3 (4.23%) IISP
9 3 (4.23%) OSCP
10 2 (2.82%) Check Point Certification
11 1 (1.41%) CCIE
11 1 (1.41%) CESG Certified Professional
11 1 (1.41%) GSLC
11 1 (1.41%) ISACA
11 1 (1.41%) ISEB
11 1 (1.41%) SANS
11 1 (1.41%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (50.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 35 (49.30%) GDPR
3 27 (38.03%) PCI DSS
4 13 (18.31%) COBIT
5 12 (16.90%) ISO 9001
6 7 (9.86%) Cyber Essentials
6 7 (9.86%) ISO 14001
7 4 (5.63%) RMADS
8 2 (2.82%) ISO 22301
8 2 (2.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (2.82%) PMO
8 2 (2.82%) SLA
9 1 (1.41%) GPG13
System Software
1 1 (1.41%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.41%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (2.82%) CASB
Vendors
1 8 (11.27%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.45%) CheckPoint
3 5 (7.04%) Cisco
4 4 (5.63%) CyberArk
5 3 (4.23%) Juniper
6 2 (2.82%) Splunk
6 2 (2.82%) Symantec
6 2 (2.82%) Trend Micro
7 1 (1.41%) Blue Coat
7 1 (1.41%) Dell
7 1 (1.41%) ForeScout
7 1 (1.41%) Palo Alto
7 1 (1.41%) Varonis
7 1 (1.41%) VMware