Period
to 12 June 2021

The median annual salary for a Chief Information Security Officer was £105,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 June 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
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 931 847 1077
Rank change year-on-year -84 +230 +95
Permanent jobs requiring a Chief Information Security Officer 11 32 34
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.011% 0.038% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.012% 0.040% 0.025%
Number of salaries quoted 10 24 27
10th Percentile £52,375 £54,875 £72,500
25th Percentile £55,625 £69,375 £105,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £105,000 £108,750 £120,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.45% -9.38% +17.07%
75th Percentile £135,000 £150,000 £140,000
90th Percentile £136,500 " £154,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,250 £58,250 £140,000
% change year-on-year -3.43% -58.39% +111.32%

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 92,086 80,353 137,903
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.03% 95.16% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 67,086 65,175 110,873
10th Percentile £31,750 £30,750 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £39,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £54,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% -
75th Percentile £73,250 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 12 June 2021.

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 12 June 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 -49 10 £115,000 +5.75% 1
London -46 7 £130,000 +13.04%
Work from Home - 5 £130,000 -
UK excluding London -49 4 £56,250 -3.43% 1
South West - 2 £76,250 -
North of England - 1 £95,000 -
Scotland - 1 £55,000 -
East Midlands - 1 £55,000 -
Midlands - 1 £55,000 -
North West - 1 £95,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 12 June 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 11 (100.00%) Information Security
2 10 (90.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (72.73%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (63.64%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (54.55%) Security Management
6 5 (45.45%) Management Information System
6 5 (45.45%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (45.45%) PCI DSS
6 5 (45.45%) NIST
7 4 (36.36%) Threat Intelligence
7 4 (36.36%) Security Operations
7 4 (36.36%) Network Security
7 4 (36.36%) Public Cloud
7 4 (36.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (36.36%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 4 (36.36%) VMware
7 4 (36.36%) Cisco
8 3 (27.27%) CISSP
8 3 (27.27%) Finance
8 3 (27.27%) Legal
8 3 (27.27%) Azure
9 2 (18.18%) Presales
9 2 (18.18%) Re-Platforming
9 2 (18.18%) DevSecOps
9 2 (18.18%) CISM
9 2 (18.18%) Degree
9 2 (18.18%) Security Testing
10 1 (9.09%) Business Development
10 1 (9.09%) SWOT Analysis

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 3 (27.27%) Azure
2 1 (9.09%) AWS
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (45.45%) Intrusion Detection
2 4 (36.36%) Network Security
General
1 3 (27.27%) Finance
1 3 (27.27%) Legal
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Management Information System
2 4 (36.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 4 (36.36%) Public Cloud
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (100.00%) Information Security
2 7 (63.64%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (54.55%) Security Management
4 4 (36.36%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
4 4 (36.36%) Security Operations
4 4 (36.36%) Threat Intelligence
5 2 (18.18%) DevSecOps
5 2 (18.18%) Presales
5 2 (18.18%) Re-Platforming
5 2 (18.18%) Security Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Business Development
6 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
6 1 (9.09%) Information Security Governance
6 1 (9.09%) Information Security Management
6 1 (9.09%) ISMS
6 1 (9.09%) Physics
6 1 (9.09%) Risk Assessment
6 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
6 1 (9.09%) SIEM
6 1 (9.09%) SWOT Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) Perl
1 1 (9.09%) PHP
1 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
1 1 (9.09%) Python
1 1 (9.09%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (27.27%) CISSP
2 2 (18.18%) CISM
2 2 (18.18%) Degree
3 1 (9.09%) (ISC)2 CCSP
3 1 (9.09%) CEH
3 1 (9.09%) CISA
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (9.09%) CREST Certified
3 1 (9.09%) CRISC
3 1 (9.09%) CSSLP
3 1 (9.09%) DV Cleared
3 1 (9.09%) Master's Degree
3 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 1 (9.09%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (90.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (72.73%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (45.45%) NIST
3 5 (45.45%) PCI DSS
4 1 (9.09%) GDPR
4 1 (9.09%) NCSC
System Software
1 4 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Cisco
1 4 (36.36%) VMware