Period
to 19 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Information Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1140 1135 1253
Rank change year-on-year -5 +118 +15
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 58 83 55
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.044% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.034% 0.046% 0.026%
Number of salaries quoted 45 64 52
UK median annual salary £95,000 £90,000 £70,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +28.57% -9.68%
10th Percentile £68,000 £60,225 £55,000
90th Percentile £132,500 £112,500 £110,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £85,000 £77,500 £70,000
% change year-on-year +9.68% +10.71% -9.68%

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 170720 182020 210826
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.48% 96.45%
Number of salaries quoted 136880 152336 175085
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Head of Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Head of Information Security in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Information Security in the UK

Head of Information Security
Top 12 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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 +19 56 £95,000 +5.56% 4
London -12 36 £108,750 +14.47% 3
UK excluding London +33 22 £85,000 +9.68% 1
South East +57 8 £87,500 +2.94%
Midlands +35 6 £70,000 -17.65%
North of England -4 5 £57,500 -4.17% 1
East Midlands +33 3 £70,000 -17.65%
West Midlands +17 3 - -
North East - 3 £55,000 -
Wales +19 2 - -
North West -5 2 £76,250 +27.08%
East of England - 1 £85,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 58 (100.00%) Information Security
2 45 (77.59%) CISM
3 40 (68.97%) CISSP
4 34 (58.62%) Finance
5 26 (44.83%) CISA
5 26 (44.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 21 (36.21%) Security Architecture
7 20 (34.48%) Risk Management
8 18 (31.03%) Management Information System
9 17 (29.31%) Security Operations
10 16 (27.59%) Banking
11 15 (25.86%) Legal
11 15 (25.86%) Data Protection
12 14 (24.14%) GDPR
12 14 (24.14%) SIEM
12 14 (24.14%) GIAC
13 13 (22.41%) GSEC
13 13 (22.41%) GISF
13 13 (22.41%) Information Security Management
13 13 (22.41%) Security Management
13 13 (22.41%) Cybersecurity
14 12 (20.69%) CyberArk
14 12 (20.69%) Palo Alto
14 12 (20.69%) SCCM
14 12 (20.69%) McAfee ePO
14 12 (20.69%) Splunk
14 12 (20.69%) SailPoint
14 12 (20.69%) Aveksa
14 12 (20.69%) Disaster Recovery
14 12 (20.69%) Symantec

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 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.17%) SaaS
3 2 (3.45%) IaaS
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.72%) Office 365
4 1 (1.72%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) Cisco IPT
1 1 (1.72%) Intrusion Detection
General
1 34 (58.62%) Finance
2 16 (27.59%) Banking
3 15 (25.86%) Legal
4 5 (8.62%) Law
5 3 (5.17%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (5.17%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.72%) Front Office
6 1 (1.72%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.72%) Marketing
6 1 (1.72%) Publishing
6 1 (1.72%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.69%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 18 (31.03%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.90%) Data Protection Act
2 4 (6.90%) Public Cloud
3 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.72%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.72%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (1.72%) SWIFT
4 1 (1.72%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (100.00%) Information Security
2 21 (36.21%) Security Architecture
3 20 (34.48%) Risk Management
4 17 (29.31%) Security Operations
5 15 (25.86%) Data Protection
6 14 (24.14%) SIEM
7 13 (22.41%) Cybersecurity
7 13 (22.41%) Information Security Management
7 13 (22.41%) Security Management
8 12 (20.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (15.52%) Business Continuity
10 7 (12.07%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (12.07%) Data Security
10 7 (12.07%) Incident Management
10 7 (12.07%) ITIL
11 6 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (10.34%) ISMS
11 6 (10.34%) Risk Assessment
11 6 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (8.62%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.90%) C
Qualifications
1 45 (77.59%) CISM
2 40 (68.97%) CISSP
3 26 (44.83%) CISA
4 14 (24.14%) GIAC
5 13 (22.41%) GISF
5 13 (22.41%) GSEC
6 10 (17.24%) CRISC
7 8 (13.79%) Degree
8 4 (6.90%) CEH
9 3 (5.17%) CLAS
10 2 (3.45%) MBA
11 1 (1.72%) CISMP
11 1 (1.72%) CompTIA Security+
11 1 (1.72%) ISEB
11 1 (1.72%) Master's Degree
11 1 (1.72%) SANS
11 1 (1.72%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (44.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (24.14%) GDPR
3 10 (17.24%) COBIT
4 8 (13.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 7 (12.07%) PCI DSS
6 5 (8.62%) COSO
6 5 (8.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 4 (6.90%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (6.90%) ISO 31000
8 3 (5.17%) BS25999
8 3 (5.17%) RMADS
9 1 (1.72%) ISO 9001
9 1 (1.72%) PSD2
Systems Management
1 12 (20.69%) McAfee ePO
1 12 (20.69%) Nessus
1 12 (20.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (20.69%) Aveksa
1 12 (20.69%) CyberArk
1 12 (20.69%) McAfee
1 12 (20.69%) Palo Alto
1 12 (20.69%) Splunk
1 12 (20.69%) Symantec
2 2 (3.45%) Microsoft