Period
to 28 May 2020

The median annual salary for a CIO was £70,250 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 May 2020.

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

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
UK
6 months to
28 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 846 1028 1130
Rank change year-on-year +182 +102 +22
Permanent jobs requiring a CIO 39 61 59
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.043% 0.042% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.045% 0.044% 0.036%
Number of salaries quoted 22 46 37
Median annual salary £70,250 £110,000 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -36.14% +22.22% -18.18%
10th Percentile £69,375 £71,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £199,000 £181,250 £142,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £100,750 £80,000 £90,000
% change year-on-year +25.94% -11.11% -25.00%

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 85,997 138,133 166,070
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.23% 96.03% 96.36%
Number of salaries quoted 69,013 109,772 134,978
Median annual salary £53,053 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.11% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,464 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

CIO
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured CIO in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CIO in the UK

CIO
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing CIO.

Salary trend for CIO in the UK

CIO
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing CIO over the 6 months to 28 May 2020.

Salary histogram for CIO in the UK

CIO
Top 7 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing CIO within the UK over the 6 months to 28 May 2020. 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 +176 38 £70,250 -36.14% 1
London +152 28 £70,250 -38.91% 1
UK excluding London +172 10 £100,750 +25.94%
South East +109 4 - -
South West +68 4 - -
North of England +116 2 £100,750 -19.40%
Yorkshire +94 2 £100,750 -

CIO Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 May 2020, CIO 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 CIO in the job title.

1 22 (56.41%) Information Security
1 22 (56.41%) Cybersecurity
2 17 (43.59%) Finance
3 16 (41.03%) Management Information System
4 13 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (28.21%) CISSP
6 10 (25.64%) COBIT
7 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 9 (23.08%) Security Architecture
8 8 (20.51%) ISMS
9 7 (17.95%) PCI DSS
9 7 (17.95%) BS7799
9 7 (17.95%) Risk Management
9 7 (17.95%) Military
9 7 (17.95%) Business Continuity
10 6 (15.38%) CISM
10 6 (15.38%) Mentoring
10 6 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (15.38%) Cloud Native
11 5 (12.82%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (12.82%) IISP
11 5 (12.82%) Threat Intelligence
11 5 (12.82%) GLBA
11 5 (12.82%) NCSC
11 5 (12.82%) DV Cleared
11 5 (12.82%) Identity Access Management
11 5 (12.82%) Threat Modelling
11 5 (12.82%) Secure Coding
11 5 (12.82%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (12.82%) Migration

CIO 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:

General
1 17 (43.59%) Finance
2 7 (17.95%) Military
Miscellaneous
1 16 (41.03%) Management Information System
2 6 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (15.38%) Cloud Native
3 1 (2.56%) CESG
3 1 (2.56%) Fixed Income
3 1 (2.56%) Reinsurance
3 1 (2.56%) Smart Energy
3 1 (2.56%) Smart Meter
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (56.41%) Cybersecurity
1 22 (56.41%) Information Security
2 9 (23.08%) Security Architecture
3 8 (20.51%) ISMS
4 7 (17.95%) Business Continuity
4 7 (17.95%) Risk Management
5 6 (15.38%) Mentoring
6 5 (12.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (12.82%) E-Commerce
6 5 (12.82%) Identity Access Management
6 5 (12.82%) Migration
6 5 (12.82%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (12.82%) Project Management
6 5 (12.82%) Secure Coding
6 5 (12.82%) Threat Intelligence
6 5 (12.82%) Threat Modelling
6 5 (12.82%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 4 (10.26%) Internal Audit
7 4 (10.26%) ITSM
7 4 (10.26%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.69%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (28.21%) CISSP
2 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 6 (15.38%) CISM
4 5 (12.82%) CISA
4 5 (12.82%) DV Cleared
4 5 (12.82%) IISP
5 2 (5.13%) Degree
6 1 (2.56%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (2.56%) CISMP
6 1 (2.56%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (25.64%) COBIT
3 7 (17.95%) BS7799
3 7 (17.95%) PCI DSS
4 5 (12.82%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (12.82%) GLBA
4 5 (12.82%) NCSC
4 5 (12.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (2.56%) NIST
Vendors
1 5 (12.82%) Intel