Period
to 25 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Chief Information Security Officer was £130,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
UK
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 755 1014 1083
Rank change year-on-year +259 +69 +93
Permanent jobs requiring a Chief Information Security Officer 15 14 38
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.011% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.024% 0.012% 0.026%
Number of salaries quoted 16 10 34
Median annual salary £130,000 £97,500 £115,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +33.33% -15.22% +24.32%
10th Percentile £51,250 £68,188 £67,500
90th Percentile £175,000 £129,000 £122,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £100,000 £77,500
% change year-on-year -42.50% +29.03% -22.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 61,254 119,371 145,594
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.15% 95.56% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 49,680 96,629 117,878
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Chief Information Security Officer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Chief Information Security Officer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Chief Information Security Officer.

Salary trend for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Chief Information Security Officer over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Top 6 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Chief Information Security Officer within the UK over the 6 months to 25 January 2021. 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
England +260 12 £130,000 +30.00% 2
London +214 8 £130,000 +85.05%
Work from Home - 6 £130,000 - 1
UK excluding London +204 2 £57,500 -42.50% 2
Scotland +27 1 £92,500 +42.31%
South West - 1 £57,500 - 1

Chief Information Security Officer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, Chief Information Security Officer 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 featuring Chief Information Security Officer in the job title.

1 15 (100.00%) Information Security
2 12 (80.00%) Cybersecurity
3 9 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (46.67%) Data Protection
4 7 (46.67%) Intrusion Detection
5 6 (40.00%) Network Security
5 6 (40.00%) Security Management
5 6 (40.00%) Management Information System
5 6 (40.00%) Risk Management
6 5 (33.33%) CISSP
6 5 (33.33%) PCI DSS
6 5 (33.33%) Threat Intelligence
6 5 (33.33%) NIST
7 4 (26.67%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 4 (26.67%) Security Operations
7 4 (26.67%) Degree
7 4 (26.67%) Digital Forensics
7 4 (26.67%) AWS
7 4 (26.67%) CISM
7 4 (26.67%) Legal
8 3 (20.00%) MBA
8 3 (20.00%) VMware
8 3 (20.00%) Business Continuity
8 3 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (20.00%) Information Security Management
8 3 (20.00%) Internet
8 3 (20.00%) Cisco
8 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
8 3 (20.00%) Azure
8 3 (20.00%) Office 365

Chief Information Security Officer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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:

Cloud Services
1 4 (26.67%) AWS
2 3 (20.00%) Azure
2 3 (20.00%) Office 365
3 2 (13.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (46.67%) Intrusion Detection
2 6 (40.00%) Network Security
3 3 (20.00%) Internet
4 1 (6.67%) Firewall
4 1 (6.67%) LAN
4 1 (6.67%) VLAN
4 1 (6.67%) VPN
4 1 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
General
1 4 (26.67%) Legal
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 6 (40.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (20.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 3 (20.00%) Internet of Things
2 3 (20.00%) Public Cloud
3 2 (13.33%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (6.67%) PMI
4 1 (6.67%) Security Operations Centre
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (100.00%) Information Security
2 12 (80.00%) Cybersecurity
3 7 (46.67%) Data Protection
4 6 (40.00%) Risk Management
4 6 (40.00%) Security Management
5 5 (33.33%) Threat Intelligence
6 4 (26.67%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 4 (26.67%) Digital Forensics
6 4 (26.67%) Security Operations
7 3 (20.00%) Business Continuity
7 3 (20.00%) Data Loss Prevention
7 3 (20.00%) DevSecOps
7 3 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (20.00%) Information Security Management
7 3 (20.00%) Runbook
7 3 (20.00%) SDLC
8 2 (13.33%) Data Security
8 2 (13.33%) ITIL
8 2 (13.33%) Service Delivery
8 2 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 5 (33.33%) CISSP
2 4 (26.67%) CISM
2 4 (26.67%) Degree
3 3 (20.00%) MBA
4 1 (6.67%) CEH
4 1 (6.67%) CISA
4 1 (6.67%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
4 1 (6.67%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (33.33%) NIST
2 5 (33.33%) PCI DSS
3 3 (20.00%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (13.33%) GDPR
5 1 (6.67%) COBIT
5 1 (6.67%) NCSC
System Software
1 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (6.67%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) Cisco
1 3 (20.00%) Google
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (20.00%) VMware