Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of IT Security was £88,750 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 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 IT Security
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1185 1184 1273
Rank change year-on-year -1 +89 +27
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of IT Security 21 59 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.012% 0.031% 0.013%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.012% 0.032% 0.013%
Number of salaries quoted 20 55 28
UK median annual salary £88,750 £85,000 £77,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.41% +9.68% -3.13%
10th Percentile £57,125 £72,500 £57,700
90th Percentile £101,000 £118,000 £123,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £80,000 £85,000
% change year-on-year -12.50% -5.88% +6.25%

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 173309 182267 209632
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 139088 152628 174119
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 IT Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of IT Security in the UK

Head of IT Security
Top 11 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 6 months to 21 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 -11 21 £88,750 +4.41% 2
London -3 11 £95,000 -7.32%
UK excluding London +13 10 £70,000 -12.50% 2
South East +41 4 £70,000 -12.50%
North of England +15 4 £61,250 -18.33% 2
North East - 2 £56,250 - 1
Midlands +34 1 £87,500 +20.69%
Yorkshire +21 1 £120,000 - 1
West Midlands +15 1 £87,500 +2.94%
East of England +4 1 £85,000 +15.25%
North West +2 1 £65,000 -13.33%

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 13 (61.90%) Information Security
2 9 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (42.86%) Data Protection
2 9 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (38.10%) COBIT
3 8 (38.10%) Finance
4 7 (33.33%) ITIL
4 7 (33.33%) CISSP
5 6 (28.57%) CISA
5 6 (28.57%) CISM
6 5 (23.81%) Incident Management
6 5 (23.81%) Security Operations
7 4 (19.05%) Degree
7 4 (19.05%) GDPR
7 4 (19.05%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (14.29%) Change Management
8 3 (14.29%) Security Management
8 3 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (14.29%) IT Strategy
8 3 (14.29%) CLAS
9 2 (9.52%) Data Privacy
9 2 (9.52%) Identity Access Management
9 2 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
9 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
9 2 (9.52%) Compliance Audit
9 2 (9.52%) Data Security
9 2 (9.52%) Investment Banking
9 2 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (9.52%) Banking

Head of IT 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (9.52%) IIS
2 1 (4.76%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 3 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (9.52%) Firewall
2 2 (9.52%) Network Security
2 2 (9.52%) VPN
3 1 (4.76%) Internet
3 1 (4.76%) LAN
3 1 (4.76%) SAN
3 1 (4.76%) SSL
3 1 (4.76%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2014
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2016
General
1 8 (38.10%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.76%) Aerospace
3 1 (4.76%) Automotive
3 1 (4.76%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (9.52%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.76%) CESG
3 1 (4.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (4.76%) Hedge funds
3 1 (4.76%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Linux
1 2 (9.52%) Windows
2 1 (4.76%) Windows Server
2 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (61.90%) Information Security
2 9 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
2 9 (42.86%) Data Protection
3 7 (33.33%) ITIL
4 5 (23.81%) Incident Management
4 5 (23.81%) Security Operations
5 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (14.29%) Change Management
6 3 (14.29%) IT Strategy
6 3 (14.29%) Security Management
7 2 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (9.52%) Business Continuity
7 2 (9.52%) Compliance Audit
7 2 (9.52%) Data Privacy
7 2 (9.52%) Data Security
7 2 (9.52%) Identity Access Management
7 2 (9.52%) OWASP
7 2 (9.52%) Project Management
7 2 (9.52%) Risk Management
7 2 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.52%) C
Qualifications
1 7 (33.33%) CISSP
2 6 (28.57%) CISA
2 6 (28.57%) CISM
3 4 (19.05%) Degree
4 3 (14.29%) CLAS
5 2 (9.52%) GIAC
5 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
6 1 (4.76%) CEH
6 1 (4.76%) CISMP
6 1 (4.76%) CRISC
6 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared
6 1 (4.76%) GISF
6 1 (4.76%) GSEC
6 1 (4.76%) IISP
6 1 (4.76%) SANS
6 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (38.10%) COBIT
3 4 (19.05%) GDPR
4 1 (4.76%) GPG13
4 1 (4.76%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) SCCM
1 1 (4.76%) SCOM
1 1 (4.76%) SCOrch
1 1 (4.76%) SCSM
1 1 (4.76%) vMotion
Vendors
1 2 (9.52%) VMware
2 1 (4.76%) Barracuda Networks
2 1 (4.76%) Citrix
2 1 (4.76%) Juniper
2 1 (4.76%) WatchGuard