The median annual salary for a Head of Information Security was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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

Head of Information Security
UK
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 831 916 911
Rank change year-on-year +85 -5  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 33 33 40
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.039% 0.032% 0.037%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.041% 0.033% 0.038%
Number of salaries quoted 31 25 33
Median salary £85,000 £85,500 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -0.58% +6.87%  
90% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £53,370 £62,500
10% offered a salary of more than £130,000 £106,000 £104,000
UK excluding London median salary £70,000 £85,500 £85,000
% change year-on-year -18.12% +0.58%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 81427 99650 104367
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67614 83405 85224
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Head of Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Head of Information Security in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Head of Information Security in the UK

Head of Information Security
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Head of Information Security in the UK

Head of Information Security
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Information Security over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Information Security in the UK

Head of Information Security
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Information Security within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +89 30 £90,000 +5.26% 1
London +91 21 £95,000 +11.76% 1
South East +67 3 £70,000 -18.12%
Northern Ireland - 3 £62,500 -
County Antrim - 3 £62,500 -
Belfast - 3 £62,500 -
Buckinghamshire +19 2 £75,000 +50.00%
Yorkshire +19 2 £62,500 +4.16%
East Midlands +5 2 £68,250 +5.00%
Sheffield - 2 £62,500 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £62,500 -
Leicestershire - 2 £68,250 -
West Midlands +23 1 £85,000 -5.55%
Milton Keynes +6 1 £95,000 +90.00%
Leicester - 1 £64,000 -
Coventry - 1 £85,000 -
North West - 1 £90,000 -
Manchester - 1 £90,000 -
Surrey - 1 £70,000 -

Head of Information Security Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Head of Information Security job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Head of Information Security in the job title.

1 70 (100.00%) Information Security
2 33 (47.14%) CISSP
3 32 (45.71%) CISM
3 32 (45.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 27 (38.57%) Finance
5 22 (31.43%) CISA
6 19 (27.14%) Degree
7 16 (22.86%) Security Management
8 15 (21.43%) Risk Management
8 15 (21.43%) GIAC
9 14 (20.00%) Information Security Management
9 14 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (18.57%) Data Protection
10 13 (18.57%) Management Information System
11 12 (17.14%) Business Continuity
11 12 (17.14%) Disaster Recovery
12 10 (14.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 10 (14.29%) Banking
12 10 (14.29%) PCI DSS
12 10 (14.29%) ISMS
13 9 (12.86%) COBIT
13 9 (12.86%) SIEM
13 9 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (12.86%) Firewall
13 9 (12.86%) Identity Management
13 9 (12.86%) Windows
13 9 (12.86%) Security Operations
14 8 (11.43%) ITIL
14 8 (11.43%) Stakeholder Management
14 8 (11.43%) Security Architecture

Head of Information Security 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 6 (8.57%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.86%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.29%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (12.86%) Firewall
2 5 (7.14%) Network Security
3 4 (5.71%) WAN
4 3 (4.29%) DNS
4 3 (4.29%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (4.29%) LAN
4 3 (4.29%) SMTP
4 3 (4.29%) SSL
4 3 (4.29%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.71%) Big Data
2 3 (4.29%) Relational Database
General
1 27 (38.57%) Finance
2 10 (14.29%) Banking
3 4 (5.71%) Games
4 2 (2.86%) Legal
4 2 (2.86%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.43%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.43%) Law
5 1 (1.43%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.71%) SailPoint
2 1 (1.43%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 13 (18.57%) Management Information System
2 5 (7.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 3 (4.29%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.86%) CESG
4 2 (2.86%) CESG CLAS
4 2 (2.86%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (2.86%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.43%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.43%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.43%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 9 (12.86%) Windows
2 4 (5.71%) Linux
3 1 (1.43%) Unix
3 1 (1.43%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (100.00%) Information Security
2 16 (22.86%) Security Management
3 15 (21.43%) Risk Management
4 14 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
4 14 (20.00%) Information Security Management
5 13 (18.57%) Data Protection
6 12 (17.14%) Business Continuity
6 12 (17.14%) Disaster Recovery
7 10 (14.29%) ISMS
8 9 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (12.86%) Identity Management
8 9 (12.86%) Security Operations
8 9 (12.86%) SIEM
9 8 (11.43%) ITIL
9 8 (11.43%) Security Architecture
9 8 (11.43%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (10.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 6 (8.57%) Data Loss Prevention
11 6 (8.57%) Identity Access Management
11 6 (8.57%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.14%) C
Qualifications
1 33 (47.14%) CISSP
2 32 (45.71%) CISM
3 22 (31.43%) CISA
4 19 (27.14%) Degree
5 15 (21.43%) GIAC
6 5 (7.14%) CEH
7 4 (5.71%) CompTIA Security+
7 4 (5.71%) CSSLP
7 4 (5.71%) GISF
7 4 (5.71%) GSEC
7 4 (5.71%) SANS
7 4 (5.71%) Security+ Certification
7 4 (5.71%) SSCP
8 2 (2.86%) CLAS
8 2 (2.86%) CRISC
9 1 (1.43%) IRCA
9 1 (1.43%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (45.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (14.29%) PCI DSS
2 10 (14.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 9 (12.86%) COBIT
4 3 (4.29%) COSO
4 3 (4.29%) ISO 9001
4 3 (4.29%) ISO27002
4 3 (4.29%) ISO27005
5 2 (2.86%) BS7799
5 2 (2.86%) GDPR
6 1 (1.43%) BS25999
6 1 (1.43%) ISO 14001
6 1 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
1 4 (5.71%) Nessus
1 4 (5.71%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.71%) Aveksa
2 4 (5.71%) CyberArk
2 4 (5.71%) Intel Security
2 4 (5.71%) Palo Alto
2 4 (5.71%) Splunk
2 4 (5.71%) Symantec
3 1 (1.43%) Cisco
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Lawrence Harvey
Salary: £70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago