The median annual salary for a Head of IT Security was £78,750 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Head of IT Security
UK
Rank 849 943 950
Rank change year-on-year +94 +7  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of IT Security 11 13 16
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.013% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.014% 0.013% 0.016%
Number of salaries quoted 8 10 15
Median salary £78,750 £85,000 £85,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.35% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £65,500 £79,000 £73,000
10% offered a salary of more than £94,500 £102,000 £102,500
UK excluding London median salary £71,250 £85,000 £88,750
% change year-on-year -16.17% -4.22%  

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 80799 99610 102835
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.25% 96.36% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 67025 83372 83971
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 IT Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of IT Security in the UK

Head of IT Security
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Head of IT Security in the UK

Head of IT Security
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of IT Security over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of IT Security in the UK

Head of IT Security
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of IT Security within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 +104 9 £85,000 -
London +76 5 £85,000 -
Leeds - 2 £72,500 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £72,500 -
Yorkshire - 2 £72,500 -
Scotland - 2 £72,500 -
South East +58 1 £70,000 -17.64%
Berkshire +33 1 £70,000 -17.64%
North West -13 1 - -
Manchester -17 1 - -
Reading - 1 £70,000 -
Dundee - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £72,500 -
City of London - 1 £105,000 -

Head of IT Security Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, Head of IT 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 IT Security in the job title.

1 26 (68.42%) Information Security
2 24 (63.16%) CISSP
3 18 (47.37%) CISM
4 14 (36.84%) Management Information System
4 14 (36.84%) Finance
5 11 (28.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (26.32%) Security Architecture
7 9 (23.68%) Identity Management
7 9 (23.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 9 (23.68%) Database Security
7 9 (23.68%) Identity Access Management
8 8 (21.05%) CISA
9 7 (18.42%) Vulnerability Management
10 5 (13.16%) Security Operations
10 5 (13.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (13.16%) Risk Management
10 5 (13.16%) SIEM
10 5 (13.16%) Data Protection
10 5 (13.16%) PCI DSS
10 5 (13.16%) COBIT
11 4 (10.53%) Data Protection Act
11 4 (10.53%) Risk Analysis
11 4 (10.53%) Network Security
11 4 (10.53%) Penetration Testing
11 4 (10.53%) Firewall
11 4 (10.53%) ITIL
11 4 (10.53%) Internal Audit
11 4 (10.53%) Data Loss Prevention
11 4 (10.53%) IT Strategy
12 3 (7.89%) GDPR

Head of IT Security Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.63%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.26%) Office 365
2 1 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.53%) Firewall
1 4 (10.53%) Network Security
General
1 14 (36.84%) Finance
2 2 (5.26%) Legal
3 1 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.63%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.63%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 14 (36.84%) Management Information System
2 4 (10.53%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.63%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (2.63%) Cyberthreat
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (68.42%) Information Security
2 10 (26.32%) Security Architecture
3 9 (23.68%) Database Security
3 9 (23.68%) Identity Access Management
3 9 (23.68%) Identity Management
3 9 (23.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 7 (18.42%) Vulnerability Management
5 5 (13.16%) Data Protection
5 5 (13.16%) Risk Management
5 5 (13.16%) Security Operations
5 5 (13.16%) SIEM
6 4 (10.53%) Data Loss Prevention
6 4 (10.53%) Internal Audit
6 4 (10.53%) IT Strategy
6 4 (10.53%) ITIL
6 4 (10.53%) Penetration Testing
6 4 (10.53%) Risk Analysis
7 3 (7.89%) Change Management
7 3 (7.89%) Project Management
7 3 (7.89%) Security Management
Qualifications
1 24 (63.16%) CISSP
2 18 (47.37%) CISM
3 8 (21.05%) CISA
4 2 (5.26%) CRISC
4 2 (5.26%) Degree
5 1 (2.63%) CEH
5 1 (2.63%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (28.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (13.16%) COBIT
2 5 (13.16%) PCI DSS
2 5 (13.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (7.89%) GDPR
4 1 (2.63%) BS7799
4 1 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 1 (2.63%) SLA
Vendors
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft