Period
to 19 September 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

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

Head of Security
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1016 1057 1086
Rank change year-on-year +41 +29 +132
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 157 149 173
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.094% 0.084% 0.089%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.087% 0.092%
Number of salaries quoted 111 117 127
UK median annual salary £95,000 £100,000 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% +12.50%
10th Percentile £64,618 £67,500 £64,090
90th Percentile £120,000 £132,500 £113,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £85,000 £80,000 £81,250
% change year-on-year +6.25% -1.54% +1.56%

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 160,829 170,335 187,327
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.05% 96.01% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 129,588 136,552 157,473
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Security over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Security within the UK over the 6 months to 19 September 2018. 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 +31 149 £95,000 -5.00% 5
London +50 87 £95,000 -13.64% 2
UK excluding London +30 70 £85,000 +6.25% 3
South East +21 21 £110,000 +25.71%
North of England +33 19 £72,500 -3.33% 2
East of England +24 13 £54,450 -35.94%
North West +3 13 £72,500 -3.33% 2
Midlands +13 7 £80,000 -13.51% 1
West Midlands +21 6 £83,750 -1.47% 1
Yorkshire +23 5 £78,750 -12.50%
Isle of Man - 5 £55,000 -
Scotland +5 2 - -
South West +2 2 £60,000 -25.00%
East Midlands +3 1 £80,000 -20.00%
Northern Ireland 0 1 - -
North East -18 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2018, Head of Security job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Head of Security in the job title.

1 115 (73.25%) Information Security
2 99 (63.06%) Cybersecurity
3 90 (57.32%) CISSP
4 77 (49.04%) CISM
5 53 (33.76%) GDPR
6 49 (31.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 49 (31.21%) Data Protection
7 46 (29.30%) Risk Management
7 46 (29.30%) SIEM
8 44 (28.03%) CISA
9 41 (26.11%) Firewall
10 34 (21.66%) PCI DSS
10 34 (21.66%) Vulnerability Management
11 33 (21.02%) Finance
12 31 (19.75%) Business Continuity
13 29 (18.47%) Legal
13 29 (18.47%) Management Information System
13 29 (18.47%) Security Management
14 26 (16.56%) Problem-Solving
15 25 (15.92%) Information Security Management
16 24 (15.29%) Incident Management
16 24 (15.29%) Cryptography
17 23 (14.65%) CEH
17 23 (14.65%) Degree
17 23 (14.65%) Stakeholder Management
18 21 (13.38%) Identity Access Management
19 20 (12.74%) Decision-Making
19 20 (12.74%) Continuous Improvement
20 19 (12.10%) Disaster Recovery
20 19 (12.10%) ITIL

Head of 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 3 (1.91%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (3.18%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.10%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (5.10%) SaaS
2 4 (2.55%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.55%) IaaS
3 2 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.64%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 41 (26.11%) Firewall
2 17 (10.83%) Intrusion Detection
3 10 (6.37%) Internet
4 5 (3.18%) Network Security
5 3 (1.91%) VPN
6 2 (1.27%) FTP
6 2 (1.27%) IPsec
7 1 (0.64%) DMZ
7 1 (0.64%) LAN
7 1 (0.64%) SSL
7 1 (0.64%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.64%) VLAN
7 1 (0.64%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.27%) Big Data
1 2 (1.27%) GIS
2 1 (0.64%) Hadoop
General
1 33 (21.02%) Finance
2 29 (18.47%) Legal
3 8 (5.10%) Banking
4 7 (4.46%) Retail
5 5 (3.18%) Publishing
6 4 (2.55%) Games
6 4 (2.55%) Marketing
6 4 (2.55%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.64%) Law
7 1 (0.64%) Local Government
7 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.64%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.64%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 29 (18.47%) Management Information System
2 14 (8.92%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (8.92%) Data Protection Act
3 12 (7.64%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (5.10%) Cyberattack
5 5 (3.18%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (2.55%) Cybercrime
6 4 (2.55%) Fintech
6 4 (2.55%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.55%) Online Banking
7 3 (1.91%) PKI
8 2 (1.27%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.64%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.64%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.64%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.27%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (73.25%) Information Security
2 99 (63.06%) Cybersecurity
3 49 (31.21%) Data Protection
4 46 (29.30%) Risk Management
4 46 (29.30%) SIEM
5 34 (21.66%) Vulnerability Management
6 31 (19.75%) Business Continuity
7 29 (18.47%) Security Management
8 26 (16.56%) Problem-Solving
9 25 (15.92%) Information Security Management
10 24 (15.29%) Cryptography
10 24 (15.29%) Incident Management
11 23 (14.65%) Stakeholder Management
12 21 (13.38%) Identity Access Management
13 20 (12.74%) Continuous Improvement
13 20 (12.74%) Decision-Making
14 19 (12.10%) Disaster Recovery
14 19 (12.10%) ITIL
14 19 (12.10%) Penetration Testing
14 19 (12.10%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 4 (2.55%) Java
1 4 (2.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 90 (57.32%) CISSP
2 77 (49.04%) CISM
3 44 (28.03%) CISA
4 23 (14.65%) CEH
4 23 (14.65%) Degree
5 15 (9.55%) GPEN
5 15 (9.55%) SC Cleared
5 15 (9.55%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.82%) CRISC
7 5 (3.18%) OSCP
8 4 (2.55%) CCNA
8 4 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.91%) CLAS
9 3 (1.91%) IISP
10 2 (1.27%) Check Point Certification
10 2 (1.27%) GIAC
10 2 (1.27%) SANS
11 1 (0.64%) GCIA
11 1 (0.64%) GCIH
11 1 (0.64%) GSLC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (33.76%) GDPR
2 49 (31.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (21.66%) PCI DSS
4 17 (10.83%) COBIT
5 11 (7.01%) ISO 9001
6 7 (4.46%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (3.82%) ISO 14001
8 4 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (2.55%) RMADS
9 2 (1.27%) ISO 22301
9 2 (1.27%) MiFID
9 2 (1.27%) PMO
10 1 (0.64%) GPG13
System Software
1 3 (1.91%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.91%) CASB
2 1 (0.64%) CSIRT
2 1 (0.64%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (0.64%) Nessus
2 1 (0.64%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (0.64%) QRadar
Vendors
1 9 (5.73%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.18%) CheckPoint
3 4 (2.55%) CyberArk
4 3 (1.91%) Juniper
4 3 (1.91%) Qualys
4 3 (1.91%) Splunk
4 3 (1.91%) Symantec
5 2 (1.27%) Cisco
5 2 (1.27%) Forcepoint
5 2 (1.27%) Trend Micro
6 1 (0.64%) Blue Coat
6 1 (0.64%) Citrix
6 1 (0.64%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.64%) Dell
6 1 (0.64%) ForeScout
6 1 (0.64%) IBM
6 1 (0.64%) McAfee
6 1 (0.64%) Varonis