Period
to 21 February 2019

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £90,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

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
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 888 1035 1019
Rank change year-on-year +147 -16 +150
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 208 166 179
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.094% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.098% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 151 131 139
UK median annual salary £90,000 £95,000 £82,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +15.15% -5.71%
10th Percentile £67,500 £70,000 £63,583
90th Percentile £115,000 £118,750 £120,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £82,500 £86,250 £75,000
% change year-on-year -4.35% +15.00% +7.14%

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 145,071 169,822 169,826
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.90% 96.31% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 116,020 139,244 141,122
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.75%
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 21 February 2019.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of 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 Security within the UK over the 6 months to 21 February 2019. 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 +125 204 £90,000 -5.26% 9
London +65 135 £97,500 -7.14% 5
UK excluding London +92 73 £82,500 -4.35% 4
North of England +77 36 £75,000 - 2
North West +34 27 £85,000 +13.33% 2
South East +34 24 £82,500 -5.71% 1
Midlands +35 7 £80,000 -8.57%
North East +24 5 £72,500 +31.82%
West Midlands +42 4 £87,000 +2.35%
Yorkshire +36 4 £52,500 -47.50%
Wales +14 4 £85,000 -
East of England +50 1 - -
East Midlands +33 1 £80,000 -20.00%
South West +7 1 £90,000 +81.82% 1

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

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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.

1 186 (89.42%) Information Security
2 109 (52.40%) CISSP
3 106 (50.96%) Cybersecurity
4 103 (49.52%) CISM
5 64 (30.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 60 (28.85%) Management Information System
7 59 (28.37%) Finance
8 53 (25.48%) CISA
9 48 (23.08%) Security Operations
9 48 (23.08%) Risk Management
10 46 (22.12%) Vulnerability Management
11 45 (21.63%) SIEM
11 45 (21.63%) Banking
11 45 (21.63%) Penetration Testing
12 43 (20.67%) Incident Management
12 43 (20.67%) Security Management
13 39 (18.75%) Line Management
14 37 (17.79%) GIAC
15 36 (17.31%) ITIL
15 36 (17.31%) GDPR
16 32 (15.38%) CEH
17 30 (14.42%) Data Protection
17 30 (14.42%) Cisco Certification
17 30 (14.42%) Stakeholder Management
17 30 (14.42%) IPsec
18 29 (13.94%) Cisco
18 29 (13.94%) Identity Access Management
19 27 (12.98%) McAfee
20 26 (12.50%) Symantec
20 26 (12.50%) Juniper

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 (0.48%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 17 (8.17%) SaaS
2 15 (7.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (4.81%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.40%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.44%) Office 365
7 1 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.48%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.48%) PaaS
7 1 (0.48%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 30 (14.42%) IPsec
2 25 (12.02%) BGP
2 25 (12.02%) Cisco Nexus
2 25 (12.02%) EIGRP
3 21 (10.10%) Firewall
4 12 (5.77%) Intrusion Detection
5 9 (4.33%) Wireless
6 8 (3.85%) Network Security
7 6 (2.88%) VPN
8 4 (1.92%) SSL
9 3 (1.44%) FTP
10 2 (0.96%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.48%) DMZ
11 1 (0.48%) Internet
11 1 (0.48%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.48%) Geospatial Data
General
1 59 (28.37%) Finance
2 45 (21.63%) Banking
3 24 (11.54%) Legal
4 7 (3.37%) Law
5 5 (2.40%) Retail Banking
5 5 (2.40%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.92%) Marketing
6 4 (1.92%) Retail
7 3 (1.44%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.44%) Local Government
7 3 (1.44%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.96%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.02%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 60 (28.85%) Management Information System
2 19 (9.13%) Security Operations Centre
3 16 (7.69%) PKI
4 12 (5.77%) Smart Meter
5 10 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (3.37%) Public Cloud
7 6 (2.88%) Cyberattack
7 6 (2.88%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (2.88%) Driving Licence
8 5 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.44%) Cyber Defence
9 3 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
10 2 (0.96%) Cybercrime
10 2 (0.96%) Reinsurance
11 1 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
11 1 (0.48%) Freedom of Information Act
11 1 (0.48%) User Experience
11 1 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.29%) Linux
1 11 (5.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (89.42%) Information Security
2 106 (50.96%) Cybersecurity
3 48 (23.08%) Risk Management
3 48 (23.08%) Security Operations
4 46 (22.12%) Vulnerability Management
5 45 (21.63%) Penetration Testing
5 45 (21.63%) SIEM
6 43 (20.67%) Incident Management
6 43 (20.67%) Security Management
7 39 (18.75%) Line Management
8 36 (17.31%) ITIL
9 30 (14.42%) Data Protection
9 30 (14.42%) Stakeholder Management
10 29 (13.94%) Identity Access Management
11 25 (12.02%) Performance Management
11 25 (12.02%) Security Architecture
12 24 (11.54%) Information Security Management
13 21 (10.10%) Coaching
14 16 (7.69%) Analytics
14 16 (7.69%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 2 (0.96%) C
Qualifications
1 109 (52.40%) CISSP
2 103 (49.52%) CISM
3 53 (25.48%) CISA
4 37 (17.79%) GIAC
5 32 (15.38%) CEH
6 30 (14.42%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (12.02%) CCIE
7 25 (12.02%) CCNA
7 25 (12.02%) CCNP
7 25 (12.02%) GISF
8 22 (10.58%) CRISC
9 19 (9.13%) Degree
10 11 (5.29%) CISMP
11 9 (4.33%) SANS
12 8 (3.85%) Security Cleared
13 7 (3.37%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 6 (2.88%) SC Cleared
15 5 (2.40%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 4 (1.92%) ISACA
16 4 (1.92%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (30.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (17.31%) GDPR
3 25 (12.02%) PCI DSS
4 14 (6.73%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 13 (6.25%) COBIT
6 8 (3.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (2.88%) HIPAA
8 5 (2.40%) QA
9 4 (1.92%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.48%) GPG13
11 1 (0.48%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (3.37%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 26 (12.50%) McAfee ePO
2 25 (12.02%) Nessus
2 25 (12.02%) SCCM
3 2 (0.96%) CASB
3 2 (0.96%) CSIRT
3 2 (0.96%) Kubernetes
3 2 (0.96%) QRadar
4 1 (0.48%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (0.48%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 29 (13.94%) Cisco
2 27 (12.98%) McAfee
3 26 (12.50%) Blue Coat
3 26 (12.50%) Juniper
3 26 (12.50%) Splunk
3 26 (12.50%) Symantec
4 25 (12.02%) Aveksa
4 25 (12.02%) CheckPoint
4 25 (12.02%) Palo Alto
5 24 (11.54%) FireEye
5 24 (11.54%) LogRhythm
6 10 (4.81%) Microsoft
7 4 (1.92%) Qualys
8 3 (1.44%) Forcepoint
9 2 (0.96%) IBM
10 1 (0.48%) Citrix