Period
to 17 July 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £100,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 963 1051 1137
Rank change year-on-year +88 +86 +49
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 219 133 158
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.075% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.078% 0.080%
Number of salaries quoted 166 97 123
UK median annual salary £100,000 £90,000 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £66,250 £61,250 £62,500
90th Percentile £120,000 £132,500 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £80,000 £75,000 £81,250
% change year-on-year +6.67% -7.69% -1.52%

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 169,137 170,894 196,409
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.19% 96.22% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 136,840 139,688 164,923
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 £26,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
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 17 July 2018.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 15 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 17 July 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 +110 210 £100,000 +11.11% 14
London +99 138 £100,000 -13.04% 6
UK excluding London +5 80 £80,000 +6.67% 8
South East +17 27 £105,000 +40.00% 1
North of England -1 20 £72,500 - 1
North West +5 16 £72,500 -3.33% 1
East of England +19 13 £64,725 -23.85%
Midlands +17 8 £80,000 -13.51% 5
West Midlands +19 7 £80,000 +14.29% 4
Isle of Man - 5 £55,000 -
South West +8 4 £58,500 -26.88% 1
Yorkshire +19 3 £110,000 +76.00%
Scotland -38 3 - -
East Midlands +1 1 £55,514 -44.49% 1
North East -22 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 17 July 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.

1 140 (63.93%) Information Security
2 125 (57.08%) Cybersecurity
3 114 (52.05%) CISSP
4 92 (42.01%) CISM
5 76 (34.70%) SIEM
6 73 (33.33%) Firewall
7 66 (30.14%) Finance
7 66 (30.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 61 (27.85%) CISA
9 55 (25.11%) Risk Management
10 53 (24.20%) Management Information System
11 51 (23.29%) GDPR
12 47 (21.46%) Security Management
13 45 (20.55%) Data Protection
14 39 (17.81%) Intrusion Detection
15 38 (17.35%) Legal
15 38 (17.35%) ITIL
16 36 (16.44%) Business Continuity
16 36 (16.44%) Continuous Improvement
17 35 (15.98%) Vulnerability Management
18 34 (15.53%) PCI DSS
18 34 (15.53%) Analytics
18 34 (15.53%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 34 (15.53%) Information Security Management
19 33 (15.07%) Security Monitoring
20 30 (13.70%) Stakeholder Management
21 28 (12.79%) Identity Access Management
21 28 (12.79%) Incident Management
22 27 (12.33%) Degree
22 27 (12.33%) Penetration Testing

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 (1.37%) IIS
2 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.46%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (2.28%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.20%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.83%) IaaS
4 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.46%) Office 365
4 1 (0.46%) SaaS
4 1 (0.46%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 73 (33.33%) Firewall
2 39 (17.81%) Intrusion Detection
3 24 (10.96%) Network Security
4 18 (8.22%) TCP/IP
5 14 (6.39%) Internet
5 14 (6.39%) VPN
6 13 (5.94%) IPsec
6 13 (5.94%) SSL
7 3 (1.37%) DMZ
8 1 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.46%) DHCP
8 1 (0.46%) DNS
8 1 (0.46%) LAN
8 1 (0.46%) VoIP
8 1 (0.46%) WAN
8 1 (0.46%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.91%) Big Data
1 2 (0.91%) GIS
2 1 (0.46%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.46%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.46%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 66 (30.14%) Finance
2 38 (17.35%) Legal
3 13 (5.94%) Games
4 12 (5.48%) Banking
5 7 (3.20%) Publishing
5 7 (3.20%) Retail
6 5 (2.28%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.37%) Law
8 2 (0.91%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.91%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.91%) Local Government
9 1 (0.46%) Back Office
9 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.46%) .NET
1 1 (0.46%) .NET Framework
1 1 (0.46%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 53 (24.20%) Management Information System
2 21 (9.59%) Self-Motivation
3 15 (6.85%) Cyberattack
4 13 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (5.48%) Data Protection Act
6 8 (3.65%) Fintech
7 4 (1.83%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (1.83%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.83%) Online Banking
8 3 (1.37%) Cybercrime
8 3 (1.37%) Security Operations Centre
9 2 (0.91%) Computer Science
9 2 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.46%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.46%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.46%) Freedom of Information
10 1 (0.46%) PKI
10 1 (0.46%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.46%) Taxonomies
10 1 (0.46%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (1.83%) Unix
2 3 (1.37%) Linux
2 3 (1.37%) Ubuntu
2 3 (1.37%) Windows
2 3 (1.37%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (63.93%) Information Security
2 125 (57.08%) Cybersecurity
3 76 (34.70%) SIEM
4 55 (25.11%) Risk Management
5 47 (21.46%) Security Management
6 45 (20.55%) Data Protection
7 38 (17.35%) ITIL
8 36 (16.44%) Business Continuity
8 36 (16.44%) Continuous Improvement
9 35 (15.98%) Vulnerability Management
10 34 (15.53%) Analytics
10 34 (15.53%) Information Security Management
10 34 (15.53%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 33 (15.07%) Security Monitoring
12 30 (13.70%) Stakeholder Management
13 28 (12.79%) Identity Access Management
13 28 (12.79%) Incident Management
14 27 (12.33%) Penetration Testing
15 23 (10.50%) Risk Analysis
16 22 (10.05%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 8 (3.65%) Python
2 5 (2.28%) Java
3 4 (1.83%) C
4 3 (1.37%) Bash Shell
4 3 (1.37%) Perl
5 1 (0.46%) C#
5 1 (0.46%) SQL
5 1 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 114 (52.05%) CISSP
2 92 (42.01%) CISM
3 61 (27.85%) CISA
4 27 (12.33%) Degree
5 19 (8.68%) CEH
6 17 (7.76%) CRISC
7 12 (5.48%) Security Cleared
8 11 (5.02%) GPEN
8 11 (5.02%) SC Cleared
9 8 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (3.65%) OSCP
10 7 (3.20%) CCNA
11 5 (2.28%) GIAC
12 4 (1.83%) SANS
13 3 (1.37%) CLAS
13 3 (1.37%) IISP
13 3 (1.37%) ISACA
13 3 (1.37%) QiCA
14 2 (0.91%) CESG Certified Professional
14 2 (0.91%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (30.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 51 (23.29%) GDPR
3 34 (15.53%) PCI DSS
4 24 (10.96%) COBIT
5 16 (7.31%) Cyber Essentials
6 13 (5.94%) ISO 9001
7 8 (3.65%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 8 (3.65%) ISO 14001
8 4 (1.83%) PMO
9 3 (1.37%) ISO 22301
9 3 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (1.37%) SLA
10 2 (0.91%) MiFID
10 2 (0.91%) RMADS
11 1 (0.46%) COSO
11 1 (0.46%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.46%) GPG13
System Software
1 4 (1.83%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.46%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (1.83%) CASB
2 3 (1.37%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.46%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 1 (0.46%) CSIRT
3 1 (0.46%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.46%) Nessus
Vendors
1 9 (4.11%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.20%) CheckPoint
3 5 (2.28%) Cisco
4 4 (1.83%) CyberArk
4 4 (1.83%) Trend Micro
5 3 (1.37%) Juniper
6 2 (0.91%) Palo Alto
7 1 (0.46%) Blue Coat
7 1 (0.46%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.46%) Qualys
7 1 (0.46%) VMware