Period
to 19 September 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £100,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 2017.

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 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1032 1076 1201
Rank change year-on-year +44 +125 +9
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 149 173 110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.084% 0.089% 0.050%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.088% 0.092% 0.052%
Number of salaries quoted 117 127 98
UK median annual salary £100,000 £90,000 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50% +1.59%
10th Percentile £67,500 £64,090 £57,700
90th Percentile £132,500 £113,750 £120,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £80,000 £81,250 £80,000
% change year-on-year -1.54% +1.56% +1.59%

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 169773 187120 211546
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.82% 96.47% 96.45%
Number of salaries quoted 136138 157303 175314
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 2017.

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 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 +40 143 £100,000 +11.11% 6
London +25 87 £110,000 +18.92% 3
UK excluding London +28 61 £80,000 -1.54% 3
North of England -9 24 £75,000 +22.20%
North West +2 20 £75,000 +25.00%
Midlands +18 15 £92,500 +37.04% 1
South East +57 14 £87,500 +2.94% 1
West Midlands +6 10 £85,000 +25.93%
East Midlands +28 5 £100,000 +81.82%
Yorkshire +4 3 £90,000 +26.09%
Wales +1 2 - -
South West 0 2 £80,000 +9.13% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £70,000 -
East of England +11 1 £85,000 +9.68%
Scotland -4 1 - -
North East - 1 £55,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2017, Head of 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 Security in the job title.

1 118 (79.19%) Information Security
2 85 (57.05%) CISSP
2 85 (57.05%) CISM
3 71 (47.65%) Finance
4 63 (42.28%) CISA
5 54 (36.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 47 (31.54%) Cybersecurity
7 46 (30.87%) Risk Management
8 44 (29.53%) Security Architecture
9 41 (27.52%) Security Operations
10 37 (24.83%) Management Information System
11 35 (23.49%) Banking
11 35 (23.49%) SIEM
12 31 (20.81%) Incident Management
13 30 (20.13%) Stakeholder Management
14 25 (16.78%) Nessus
14 25 (16.78%) ITIL
14 25 (16.78%) Data Protection
15 23 (15.44%) CyberArk
15 23 (15.44%) Legal
16 22 (14.77%) GIAC
17 21 (14.09%) GSEC
17 21 (14.09%) GISF
17 21 (14.09%) SCCM
17 21 (14.09%) Symantec
17 21 (14.09%) SailPoint
18 20 (13.42%) Aveksa
18 20 (13.42%) Splunk
18 20 (13.42%) McAfee ePO
18 20 (13.42%) Palo Alto

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 1 (0.67%) IIS
1 1 (0.67%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.67%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (4.03%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (4.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.34%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.34%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 11 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (5.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.68%) SaaS
4 3 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.07%) Firewall
2 10 (6.71%) Internet
3 9 (6.04%) TCP/IP
4 8 (5.37%) Network Security
5 6 (4.03%) SAN
6 5 (3.36%) NAS
7 3 (2.01%) Ethernet
7 3 (2.01%) VPN
8 2 (1.34%) Intrusion Detection
8 2 (1.34%) LAN
8 2 (1.34%) WAN
9 1 (0.67%) Cisco IPT
9 1 (0.67%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.70%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.36%) Looker
3 4 (2.68%) GIS
4 1 (0.67%) Big Data
4 1 (0.67%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.36%) Fiddler
General
1 71 (47.65%) Finance
2 35 (23.49%) Banking
3 23 (15.44%) Legal
4 6 (4.03%) Law
5 4 (2.68%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.68%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.01%) Marketing
6 3 (2.01%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.34%) Aerospace
7 2 (1.34%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.34%) Publishing
7 2 (1.34%) Retail
8 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.67%) iGaming
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.09%) SailPoint
2 4 (2.68%) Middleware
3 3 (2.01%) .NET
4 2 (1.34%) Node.js
5 1 (0.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 37 (24.83%) Management Information System
2 9 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.36%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (3.36%) Public Cloud
4 4 (2.68%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.68%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.68%) Virtual Team
5 3 (2.01%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (1.34%) Contactless
6 2 (1.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.67%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (0.67%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.67%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.67%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.67%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.67%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 7 (4.70%) Windows
2 6 (4.03%) Linux
3 4 (2.68%) Unix
4 3 (2.01%) Kali Linux
4 3 (2.01%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.34%) Android
5 2 (1.34%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (79.19%) Information Security
2 47 (31.54%) Cybersecurity
3 46 (30.87%) Risk Management
4 44 (29.53%) Security Architecture
5 41 (27.52%) Security Operations
6 35 (23.49%) SIEM
7 31 (20.81%) Incident Management
8 30 (20.13%) Stakeholder Management
9 25 (16.78%) Data Protection
9 25 (16.78%) ITIL
10 20 (13.42%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (12.75%) Security Management
12 18 (12.08%) Business Continuity
13 17 (11.41%) Information Security Management
14 16 (10.74%) ISMS
14 16 (10.74%) Penetration Testing
15 12 (8.05%) Threat Intelligence
16 11 (7.38%) Data Loss Prevention
16 11 (7.38%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (7.38%) C
2 6 (4.03%) Python
3 5 (3.36%) Java
3 5 (3.36%) Perl
4 3 (2.01%) C++
5 2 (1.34%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.34%) SQL
6 1 (0.67%) C#
6 1 (0.67%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 85 (57.05%) CISM
1 85 (57.05%) CISSP
2 63 (42.28%) CISA
3 22 (14.77%) GIAC
4 21 (14.09%) GISF
4 21 (14.09%) GSEC
5 18 (12.08%) Degree
6 12 (8.05%) CRISC
7 11 (7.38%) CEH
8 5 (3.36%) ISSEP
9 3 (2.01%) CompTIA Security+
9 3 (2.01%) IRCA
9 3 (2.01%) Security+ Certification
10 2 (1.34%) CISMP
10 2 (1.34%) MBA
10 2 (1.34%) SANS
10 2 (1.34%) SC Cleared
10 2 (1.34%) Security Cleared
11 1 (0.67%) ISEB
11 1 (0.67%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (36.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (12.08%) COBIT
3 11 (7.38%) GDPR
3 11 (7.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 10 (6.71%) PCI DSS
5 8 (5.37%) COSO
5 8 (5.37%) ISO 31000
5 8 (5.37%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 7 (4.70%) SLA
7 5 (3.36%) ISO 9001
7 5 (3.36%) NIST 800
8 4 (2.68%) BS25999
9 3 (2.01%) ISO 14001
10 2 (1.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 5 (3.36%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.34%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.34%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 25 (16.78%) Nessus
2 21 (14.09%) SCCM
3 20 (13.42%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (6.04%) FTK
5 5 (3.36%) HP Fortify
6 2 (1.34%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.67%) Ansible
7 1 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.67%) Puppet
7 1 (0.67%) Salt
7 1 (0.67%) SCOM
7 1 (0.67%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.67%) SCSM
7 1 (0.67%) vMotion
Vendors
1 23 (15.44%) CyberArk
2 21 (14.09%) Symantec
3 20 (13.42%) Aveksa
3 20 (13.42%) McAfee
3 20 (13.42%) Palo Alto
3 20 (13.42%) Splunk
4 7 (4.70%) Microsoft
5 5 (3.36%) HP
5 5 (3.36%) NetApp
5 5 (3.36%) Veracode
6 3 (2.01%) F5
6 3 (2.01%) Fortinet
7 2 (1.34%) Blue Coat
7 2 (1.34%) Juniper
8 1 (0.67%) Barracuda Networks
8 1 (0.67%) Citrix
8 1 (0.67%) SAP
8 1 (0.67%) VMware
8 1 (0.67%) WatchGuard