Period
to 30 September 2020

The median annual salary for a Head of Finance was £135,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 September 2020.

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

Head of Finance
UK
6 months to
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 646 1079 1142
Rank change year-on-year +433 +63 +18
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Finance 27 11 32
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.056% 0.008% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.059% 0.008% 0.020%
Number of salaries quoted 26 10 14
Median annual salary £135,000 £85,000 £115,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +58.82% -26.09% +15.00%
10th Percentile £106,250 £68,750 £71,625
90th Percentile £167,500 £113,500 £142,500
UK excluding London median annual salary - £85,000 -

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 45,697 133,420 157,725
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 95.74% 95.99%
Number of salaries quoted 37,461 106,252 127,124
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Head of Finance
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Finance in the UK

Head of Finance
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Head of Finance.

Salary trend for Head of Finance in the UK

Head of Finance
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Head of Finance over the 6 months to 30 September 2020.

Salary histogram for Head of Finance in the UK

Head of Finance
Top 5 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Finance within the UK over the 6 months to 30 September 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 +414 27 £135,000 +58.82%
London +297 26 £135,000 +28.57%
UK excluding London +327 1 - - 5
North of England +188 1 - -
North West +120 1 - -

Head of Finance Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2020, Head of Finance 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 Head of Finance in the job title.

1 27 (100.00%) Finance
2 26 (96.30%) Migration
2 26 (96.30%) Scrum
2 26 (96.30%) Fixed Income
2 26 (96.30%) SQL
2 26 (96.30%) Python
2 26 (96.30%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (96.30%) Asset Management
2 26 (96.30%) Front Office
2 26 (96.30%) Derivative
2 26 (96.30%) Investment Management
2 26 (96.30%) Hedge funds
2 26 (96.30%) R
2 26 (96.30%) Analytics
3 20 (74.07%) OTC Derivatives
3 20 (74.07%) Performance Attribution
3 20 (74.07%) Risk Analysis
3 20 (74.07%) Fund Management
3 20 (74.07%) Business Analysis
3 20 (74.07%) Data Analysis
3 20 (74.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (74.07%) Microsoft
3 20 (74.07%) VBA
3 20 (74.07%) Bloomberg
3 20 (74.07%) MATLAB
4 11 (40.74%) Performance Management
4 11 (40.74%) Mentoring
5 6 (22.22%) Microservices
5 6 (22.22%) GCP
5 6 (22.22%) Kubernetes

Head of Finance 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 20 (74.07%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (22.22%) AWS
1 6 (22.22%) Azure
1 6 (22.22%) GCP
1 6 (22.22%) OpenShift
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (22.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (22.22%) Artifactory
General
1 27 (100.00%) Finance
2 26 (96.30%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (22.22%) .NET
1 6 (22.22%) AngularJS
1 6 (22.22%) Node.js
1 6 (22.22%) React
1 6 (22.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (96.30%) Derivative
1 26 (96.30%) Fixed Income
1 26 (96.30%) Hedge funds
2 20 (74.07%) OTC Derivatives
3 6 (22.22%) Blog
3 6 (22.22%) Equities
3 6 (22.22%) Equity Derivative
3 6 (22.22%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (22.22%) Public Cloud
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (96.30%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (96.30%) Analytics
1 26 (96.30%) Asset Management
1 26 (96.30%) Investment Management
1 26 (96.30%) Migration
1 26 (96.30%) Scrum
2 20 (74.07%) Business Analysis
2 20 (74.07%) Data Analysis
2 20 (74.07%) Fund Management
2 20 (74.07%) Performance Attribution
2 20 (74.07%) Risk Analysis
3 11 (40.74%) Mentoring
3 11 (40.74%) Performance Management
4 6 (22.22%) Data Analytics
4 6 (22.22%) Decision-Making
4 6 (22.22%) Microservices
4 6 (22.22%) Open Source
4 6 (22.22%) Portfolio Management
4 6 (22.22%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (96.30%) Python
1 26 (96.30%) R
1 26 (96.30%) SQL
2 20 (74.07%) MATLAB
2 20 (74.07%) VBA
3 6 (22.22%) C++
3 6 (22.22%) Java
3 6 (22.22%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (3.70%) Degree
System Software
1 6 (22.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (22.22%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 20 (74.07%) Bloomberg
1 20 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.70%) Sage