Period
to 23 September 2019

The median annual salary for a Chief Information Security Officer was £110,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1059 1124 1179
Rank change year-on-year +65 +55 +55
Permanent jobs requiring a Chief Information Security Officer 18 47 37
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.028% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.030% 0.022%
Number of salaries quoted 10 43 35
UK median annual salary £110,000 £115,000 £125,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.35% -8.00% +19.05%
10th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £82,500
90th Percentile £142,500 £122,500 £139,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £110,000 £115,000 £110,000
% change year-on-year -4.35% +4.55% +17.33%

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 134,078 158,754 168,682
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.03% 96.01%
Number of salaries quoted 106,768 127,893 135,219
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Chief Information Security Officer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Chief Information Security Officer.

Salary trend for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Chief Information Security Officer over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Salary histogram for Chief Information Security Officer in the UK

Chief Information Security Officer
Top 10 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 23 September 2019. 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 +44 16 £115,000 - 4
London +61 9 £120,000 +4.35% 1
UK excluding London +34 8 £110,000 -4.35% 3
North West +25 3 - -
North of England +14 3 - -
Midlands - 2 £105,000 -
West Midlands - 2 £105,000 -
South East +26 1 £115,000 -4.17%
Scotland +21 1 - -
South West +12 1 - - 3

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, 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 18 (100.00%) Information Security
2 10 (55.56%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (55.56%) CISSP
3 9 (50.00%) CISM
4 8 (44.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (27.78%) Management Information System
5 5 (27.78%) Risk Management
5 5 (27.78%) Cyberattack
6 4 (22.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 4 (22.22%) Cyber Resilience
6 4 (22.22%) RMADS
6 4 (22.22%) Information Assurance
6 4 (22.22%) Change Management
7 3 (16.67%) Information Security Management
7 3 (16.67%) Degree
7 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (16.67%) Banking
7 3 (16.67%) Azure
7 3 (16.67%) Security Management
8 2 (11.11%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (11.11%) GDPR
8 2 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (11.11%) SaaS
8 2 (11.11%) Security Architecture
8 2 (11.11%) PCI DSS
8 2 (11.11%) OWASP
8 2 (11.11%) DevOps
8 2 (11.11%) Data Privacy
8 2 (11.11%) Data Governance

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:

Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (16.67%) Azure
2 2 (11.11%) SaaS
General
1 3 (16.67%) Banking
2 2 (11.11%) Finance
3 1 (5.56%) Fire and Rescue
3 1 (5.56%) Local Government
3 1 (5.56%) Military
3 1 (5.56%) Police
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) Cyberattack
1 5 (27.78%) Management Information System
2 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (11.11%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (5.56%) Cloud Native
3 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
3 1 (5.56%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (5.56%) NHS
3 1 (5.56%) Online Banking
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (100.00%) Information Security
2 10 (55.56%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (27.78%) Risk Management
4 4 (22.22%) Change Management
4 4 (22.22%) Cyber Resilience
4 4 (22.22%) Information Assurance
5 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (16.67%) Information Security Management
5 3 (16.67%) Security Management
6 2 (11.11%) Artificial Intelligence
6 2 (11.11%) B2C
6 2 (11.11%) Data Governance
6 2 (11.11%) Data Security
6 2 (11.11%) Incident Management
6 2 (11.11%) ISMS
6 2 (11.11%) OWASP
6 2 (11.11%) Project Management
6 2 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
6 2 (11.11%) Security Architecture
6 2 (11.11%) Software Engineering
Qualifications
1 10 (55.56%) CISSP
2 9 (50.00%) CISM
3 3 (16.67%) Degree
4 1 (5.56%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (44.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (22.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 4 (22.22%) RMADS
3 2 (11.11%) GDPR
3 2 (11.11%) NIST
3 2 (11.11%) PCI DSS
4 1 (5.56%) COBIT
4 1 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
Vendors
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft