The median annual salary for a Head of Information Security was £115,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 June 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
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 827 874 959
Rank change year-on-year +47 +85  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Information Security 43 39 29
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.048% 0.040% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.050% 0.041% 0.027%
Number of salaries quoted 39 20 25
Median salary £115,000 £90,000 £79,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +27.77% +13.92%  
90% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £80,000 £62,500
10% offered a salary of more than £132,000 £100,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median salary £85,000 £90,000 £62,500
% change year-on-year -5.55% +44.00%  

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 85523 94943 107102
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.54% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 69945 79998 88268
Median salary £46,250 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +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 23 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Information Security in the UK

Head of Information Security
Top 23 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 23 June 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 +55 42 £115,000 +27.77% 4
London +30 30 £125,000 +35.13% 3
North West - 3 £80,000 - 1
Manchester - 3 £80,000 - 1
South East +47 2 £95,000 +5.55%
South West +10 2 £80,000 -
West Midlands +6 2 £85,000 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £95,000 -
Wiltshire - 2 £80,000 -
City of London +17 1 £140,000 +51.35%
Yorkshire +6 1 £62,500 -
East of England -1 1 £85,000 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £55,000 -
North East - 1 £55,000 -
East Anglia - 1 £85,000 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £62,500 -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £85,000 -
Telford - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 £62,500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £55,000 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £100,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 69 (100.00%) Information Security
2 37 (53.62%) CISM
3 36 (52.17%) CISSP
4 31 (44.93%) CISA
5 29 (42.03%) Finance
6 20 (28.99%) Security Architecture
7 19 (27.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 15 (21.74%) Security Operations
8 15 (21.74%) SIEM
8 15 (21.74%) Business Continuity
8 15 (21.74%) Banking
8 15 (21.74%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (20.29%) GIAC
9 14 (20.29%) GSEC
9 14 (20.29%) GISF
10 13 (18.84%) Nessus
10 13 (18.84%) Security Management
10 13 (18.84%) Management Information System
10 13 (18.84%) Symantec
10 13 (18.84%) McAfee
10 13 (18.84%) SailPoint
10 13 (18.84%) Aveksa
10 13 (18.84%) CyberArk
10 13 (18.84%) Palo Alto
10 13 (18.84%) McAfee ePO
10 13 (18.84%) Splunk
10 13 (18.84%) SCCM
11 12 (17.39%) Risk Management
11 12 (17.39%) Information Security Management
11 12 (17.39%) Legal

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 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.80%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.35%) Firewall
2 1 (1.45%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.45%) Network Security
General
1 29 (42.03%) Finance
2 15 (21.74%) Banking
3 12 (17.39%) Legal
4 3 (4.35%) Law
5 2 (2.90%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (2.90%) Publishing
5 2 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.45%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.45%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.45%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (18.84%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 13 (18.84%) Management Information System
2 5 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.35%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (4.35%) Public Cloud
3 3 (4.35%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.90%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.45%) CESG
5 1 (1.45%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (1.45%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.45%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.45%) Windows
1 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (100.00%) Information Security
2 20 (28.99%) Security Architecture
3 15 (21.74%) Business Continuity
3 15 (21.74%) Disaster Recovery
3 15 (21.74%) Security Operations
3 15 (21.74%) SIEM
4 13 (18.84%) Security Management
5 12 (17.39%) Information Security Management
5 12 (17.39%) Risk Management
6 9 (13.04%) ITIL
7 8 (11.59%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (11.59%) Cybersecurity
7 8 (11.59%) Data Protection
8 6 (8.70%) ISMS
8 6 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (7.25%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (7.25%) Data Security
9 5 (7.25%) Incident Management
9 5 (7.25%) Information Assurance
9 5 (7.25%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.25%) C
Qualifications
1 37 (53.62%) CISM
2 36 (52.17%) CISSP
3 31 (44.93%) CISA
4 14 (20.29%) GIAC
4 14 (20.29%) GISF
4 14 (20.29%) GSEC
5 8 (11.59%) Degree
6 3 (4.35%) CEH
6 3 (4.35%) CRISC
7 2 (2.90%) IRCA
8 1 (1.45%) CLAS
8 1 (1.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (27.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (14.49%) COBIT
3 6 (8.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (7.25%) GDPR
4 5 (7.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 5 (7.25%) PCI DSS
5 4 (5.80%) COSO
5 4 (5.80%) ISO 31000
5 4 (5.80%) ISO 9001
5 4 (5.80%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 2 (2.90%) ISO 14001
7 1 (1.45%) BS25999
System Software
1 1 (1.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (18.84%) McAfee ePO
1 13 (18.84%) Nessus
1 13 (18.84%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (18.84%) Aveksa
1 13 (18.84%) CyberArk
1 13 (18.84%) McAfee
1 13 (18.84%) Palo Alto
1 13 (18.84%) Splunk
1 13 (18.84%) Symantec
2 4 (5.80%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.45%) SAP
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