Period
to 21 January 2018

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 21 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 858 829 947
Rank change year-on-year -29 +118 -3
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 46 83 45
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.047% 0.081% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.048% 0.084% 0.039%
Number of salaries quoted 36 48 36
UK excluding London median annual salary £86,250 £80,000 £70,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.81% +14.29% -3.45%
10th Percentile £53,125 £62,639 £50,438
90th Percentile £100,000 £96,300 £96,250
UK median annual salary £95,000 £85,000 £80,000
% change year-on-year +11.76% +6.25% -

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 95,240 99,003 115,357
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.89% 96.93% 96.94%
Number of salaries quoted 77,866 81,336 95,470
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £63,750
UK 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 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 January 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 January 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 +13 17 £87,500 +7.69% 3
North of England +6 12 £75,000 -
Midlands +6 9 £86,250 +18.97% 2
North West -9 6 £78,750 +5.00%
East Midlands +23 4 £85,000 +17.24%
East of England +13 4 - -
West Midlands -14 4 £85,000 +3.03% 2
Yorkshire +24 3 £100,000 -
North East - 3 £55,000 -
South West - 2 £49,500 - 1
Wales +9 1 - -
Scotland -44 1 £72,500 -3.33%
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 January 2018, 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 38 (82.61%) Information Security
2 31 (67.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (56.52%) CISSP
4 23 (50.00%) Risk Management
5 22 (47.83%) CISM
6 17 (36.96%) Finance
6 17 (36.96%) Cybersecurity
6 17 (36.96%) Data Protection
7 16 (34.78%) Management Information System
7 16 (34.78%) GDPR
8 14 (30.43%) Security Operations
9 12 (26.09%) PCI DSS
9 12 (26.09%) Business Continuity
10 11 (23.91%) Security Management
10 11 (23.91%) CRISC
11 10 (21.74%) Incident Management
12 9 (19.57%) Information Security Management
13 7 (15.22%) CISA
13 7 (15.22%) Change Management
13 7 (15.22%) ITIL
13 7 (15.22%) CEH
13 7 (15.22%) SIEM
13 7 (15.22%) Data Privacy
13 7 (15.22%) IT Strategy
14 6 (13.04%) OWASP
14 6 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
14 6 (13.04%) Retail
14 6 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
15 5 (10.87%) C
15 5 (10.87%) 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 (6.52%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.35%) Firewall
1 2 (4.35%) Network Security
2 1 (2.17%) DHCP
2 1 (2.17%) LAN
2 1 (2.17%) VLAN
2 1 (2.17%) VPN
2 1 (2.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
General
1 17 (36.96%) Finance
2 6 (13.04%) Retail
3 4 (8.70%) Legal
4 2 (4.35%) Law
4 2 (4.35%) Marketing
5 1 (2.17%) Banking
5 1 (2.17%) Front Office
5 1 (2.17%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (34.78%) Management Information System
2 4 (8.70%) Data Protection Act
3 3 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.52%) Security Operations Centre
4 2 (4.35%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (4.35%) Taxonomies
5 1 (2.17%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.35%) Linux
1 2 (4.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (82.61%) Information Security
2 23 (50.00%) Risk Management
3 17 (36.96%) Cybersecurity
3 17 (36.96%) Data Protection
4 14 (30.43%) Security Operations
5 12 (26.09%) Business Continuity
6 11 (23.91%) Security Management
7 10 (21.74%) Incident Management
8 9 (19.57%) Information Security Management
9 7 (15.22%) Change Management
9 7 (15.22%) Data Privacy
9 7 (15.22%) IT Strategy
9 7 (15.22%) ITIL
9 7 (15.22%) SIEM
10 6 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (13.04%) OWASP
11 5 (10.87%) Continuous Improvement
11 5 (10.87%) Risk Assessment
11 5 (10.87%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.87%) C
2 1 (2.17%) C#
2 1 (2.17%) C++
2 1 (2.17%) Java
2 1 (2.17%) Python
2 1 (2.17%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 26 (56.52%) CISSP
2 22 (47.83%) CISM
3 11 (23.91%) CRISC
4 7 (15.22%) CEH
4 7 (15.22%) CISA
5 5 (10.87%) SANS
6 4 (8.70%) CISMP
6 4 (8.70%) Degree
6 4 (8.70%) GIAC
6 4 (8.70%) IISP
7 3 (6.52%) GWAPT
7 3 (6.52%) OSCP
7 3 (6.52%) Security Cleared
8 2 (4.35%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (4.35%) CompTIA Security+
8 2 (4.35%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 1 (2.17%) CCENT
9 1 (2.17%) CREST Certified
9 1 (2.17%) DV Cleared
9 1 (2.17%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (67.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (34.78%) GDPR
3 12 (26.09%) PCI DSS
4 5 (10.87%) COBIT
4 5 (10.87%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (10.87%) ISO 9001
5 4 (8.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 3 (6.52%) RMADS
6 3 (6.52%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 2 (4.35%) GPG13
8 1 (2.17%) ISO 22301
8 1 (2.17%) ISO 31000
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) Ansible
1 1 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (2.17%) Puppet
1 1 (2.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 3 (6.52%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (4.35%) VMware
3 1 (2.17%) Cisco
3 1 (2.17%) Microsoft