Period
to 7 August 2020

The median annual salary for a CIO was £136,250 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 August 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 752 1039 1125
Rank change year-on-year +287 +86 +48
Permanent jobs requiring a CIO 23 59 63
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.041% 0.037%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.043% 0.038%
Number of salaries quoted 8 42 39
Median annual salary £136,250 £120,000 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.54% +33.33% -18.18%
10th Percentile £86,725 £71,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £200,000 £179,250 £138,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £88,250 £115,000 £100,000
% change year-on-year -23.26% +15.00% -11.11%

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 61,746 137,043 164,701
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.92% 95.87% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 49,743 109,491 132,955
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £81,250
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 7 August 2020.

Salary histogram for CIO in the UK

CIO
Top 8 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 7 August 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 +311 22 £150,000 +25.00%
London +202 14 £150,000 +25.00%
UK excluding London +242 9 £88,250 -23.26%
South West +111 4 - -
South East +178 3 - -
North of England +162 1 £84,000 -32.80%
Yorkshire +122 1 £84,000 -
Scotland +96 1 £92,500 -28.85%

CIO Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 August 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 16 (69.57%) Finance
2 14 (60.87%) Information Security
3 10 (43.48%) Management Information System
4 8 (34.78%) Security Architecture
5 7 (30.43%) BS7799
5 7 (30.43%) ISMS
5 7 (30.43%) PCI DSS
5 7 (30.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (26.09%) Business Continuity
6 6 (26.09%) Cybersecurity
6 6 (26.09%) Identity Access Management
6 6 (26.09%) Cloud Native
6 6 (26.09%) Threat Intelligence
7 5 (21.74%) GLBA
7 5 (21.74%) Threat Modelling
7 5 (21.74%) Secure Coding
7 5 (21.74%) Migration
7 5 (21.74%) Risk Management
7 5 (21.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (21.74%) E-Commerce
7 5 (21.74%) Intel
7 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 5 (21.74%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (21.74%) COBIT
8 4 (17.39%) CISSP
8 4 (17.39%) Project Management
8 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (17.39%) ITSM
8 4 (17.39%) Service Management
8 4 (17.39%) Information Assurance

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 16 (69.57%) Finance
Miscellaneous
1 10 (43.48%) Management Information System
2 6 (26.09%) Cloud Native
3 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.35%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (4.35%) Reinsurance
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (60.87%) Information Security
2 8 (34.78%) Security Architecture
3 7 (30.43%) ISMS
4 6 (26.09%) Business Continuity
4 6 (26.09%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (26.09%) Identity Access Management
4 6 (26.09%) Threat Intelligence
5 5 (21.74%) E-Commerce
5 5 (21.74%) Migration
5 5 (21.74%) Penetration Testing
5 5 (21.74%) Risk Management
5 5 (21.74%) Secure Coding
5 5 (21.74%) Threat Modelling
5 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (17.39%) Information Assurance
6 4 (17.39%) Internal Audit
6 4 (17.39%) ITSM
6 4 (17.39%) Project Management
6 4 (17.39%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) CISSP
2 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
3 2 (8.70%) Degree
4 1 (4.35%) CISMP
4 1 (4.35%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (30.43%) BS7799
1 7 (30.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 7 (30.43%) PCI DSS
2 5 (21.74%) COBIT
2 5 (21.74%) GLBA
2 5 (21.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Intel