Period
to 23 May 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 966 1037 1129
Rank change year-on-year +71 +92 +36
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 217 129 142
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.076% 0.071%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.079% 0.073%
Number of salaries quoted 167 98 105
UK median annual salary £95,000 £86,250 £90,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.14% -4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £66,250 £57,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £118,750 £132,500 £121,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £75,000 £75,000 £85,250
% change year-on-year - -12.02% +0.29%

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 165,679 163,174 193,910
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.40% 96.46% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 134,885 135,060 162,836
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 £26,525
90th Percentile £80,000 £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 23 May 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 23 May 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 +92 204 £96,250 +6.94% 7
London +70 134 £102,500 -1.20% 4
UK excluding London -23 79 £75,000 - 5
South East -5 21 £100,000 +25.00% 1
North of England -8 21 £73,750 -1.67%
North West 0 18 £73,750 -7.81%
East of England - 13 £64,725 - 2
Midlands +17 10 £82,500 +13.79%
West Midlands +17 8 £82,500 +6.45%
South West -16 5 £49,500 -38.13%
Isle of Man - 5 £55,000 -
Scotland -41 4 £72,500 -3.33% 2
Yorkshire +28 2 £80,000 +28.00%
East Midlands +8 2 £77,757 +11.08%
North East -20 1 £55,000 +4.76%

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

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 142 (65.44%) Information Security
2 121 (55.76%) Cybersecurity
3 104 (47.93%) CISSP
4 85 (39.17%) CISM
5 83 (38.25%) SIEM
6 80 (36.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 76 (35.02%) Firewall
8 70 (32.26%) Finance
9 60 (27.65%) Management Information System
10 57 (26.27%) CISA
11 53 (24.42%) Security Management
12 52 (23.96%) Risk Management
12 52 (23.96%) GDPR
13 45 (20.74%) Intrusion Detection
14 44 (20.28%) Legal
14 44 (20.28%) ITIL
15 41 (18.89%) Data Protection
16 39 (17.97%) Analytics
16 39 (17.97%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 39 (17.97%) Security Monitoring
17 36 (16.59%) Information Security Management
18 34 (15.67%) Penetration Testing
19 33 (15.21%) Business Continuity
20 32 (14.75%) Continuous Improvement
20 32 (14.75%) Security Operations
21 28 (12.90%) PCI DSS
22 27 (12.44%) Network Security
22 27 (12.44%) COBIT
23 26 (11.98%) Stakeholder Management
24 25 (11.52%) Degree

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 4 (1.84%) IIS
2 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.46%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (2.30%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.84%) IaaS
4 2 (0.92%) SaaS
5 1 (0.46%) Office 365
5 1 (0.46%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 76 (35.02%) Firewall
2 45 (20.74%) Intrusion Detection
3 27 (12.44%) Network Security
4 20 (9.22%) TCP/IP
5 17 (7.83%) VPN
6 15 (6.91%) IPsec
6 15 (6.91%) SSL
7 10 (4.61%) Internet
8 3 (1.38%) DMZ
9 2 (0.92%) DHCP
9 2 (0.92%) LAN
10 1 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.46%) DNS
10 1 (0.46%) VLAN
10 1 (0.46%) VoIP
10 1 (0.46%) WAN
10 1 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.46%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.46%) Blockchain
1 1 (0.46%) GIS
1 1 (0.46%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 70 (32.26%) Finance
2 44 (20.28%) Legal
3 17 (7.83%) Games
4 10 (4.61%) Retail
5 9 (4.15%) Banking
6 7 (3.23%) Publishing
7 6 (2.76%) Law
8 5 (2.30%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.38%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.92%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.46%) Back Office
11 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.46%) Local Government
11 1 (0.46%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.92%) .NET
2 1 (0.46%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.46%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 60 (27.65%) Management Information System
2 24 (11.06%) Self-Motivation
3 19 (8.76%) Cyberattack
4 15 (6.91%) Data Protection Act
5 10 (4.61%) Fintech
6 9 (4.15%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.30%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (1.38%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (0.92%) Computer Science
9 2 (0.92%) Cybercrime
9 2 (0.92%) 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%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.46%) Taxonomies
10 1 (0.46%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (3.23%) Linux
1 7 (3.23%) Windows
2 4 (1.84%) Unix
3 3 (1.38%) Ubuntu
3 3 (1.38%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.46%) Android
4 1 (0.46%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (65.44%) Information Security
2 121 (55.76%) Cybersecurity
3 83 (38.25%) SIEM
4 53 (24.42%) Security Management
5 52 (23.96%) Risk Management
6 44 (20.28%) ITIL
7 41 (18.89%) Data Protection
8 39 (17.97%) Analytics
8 39 (17.97%) Security Monitoring
8 39 (17.97%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 36 (16.59%) Information Security Management
10 34 (15.67%) Penetration Testing
11 33 (15.21%) Business Continuity
12 32 (14.75%) Continuous Improvement
12 32 (14.75%) Security Operations
13 26 (11.98%) Stakeholder Management
14 25 (11.52%) Change Management
14 25 (11.52%) Identity Access Management
14 25 (11.52%) Risk Analysis
15 22 (10.14%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (3.23%) Python
2 6 (2.76%) C
3 5 (2.30%) Java
4 3 (1.38%) Bash Shell
4 3 (1.38%) Perl
5 1 (0.46%) C#
5 1 (0.46%) SQL
5 1 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 104 (47.93%) CISSP
2 85 (39.17%) CISM
3 57 (26.27%) CISA
4 25 (11.52%) Degree
5 19 (8.76%) CRISC
6 12 (5.53%) CEH
7 11 (5.07%) GIAC
8 9 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (4.15%) SANS
9 8 (3.69%) CCNA
9 8 (3.69%) CLAS
10 7 (3.23%) Security Cleared
11 6 (2.76%) OSCP
12 5 (2.30%) IISP
13 4 (1.84%) GPEN
13 4 (1.84%) SC Cleared
14 3 (1.38%) CESG Certified Professional
14 3 (1.38%) QiCA
15 2 (0.92%) CISMP
15 2 (0.92%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (36.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (23.96%) GDPR
3 28 (12.90%) PCI DSS
4 27 (12.44%) COBIT
5 20 (9.22%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (6.45%) ISO 9001
7 8 (3.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 8 (3.69%) ISO 14001
8 6 (2.76%) MiFID
9 5 (2.30%) GPG13
10 4 (1.84%) ISO 22301
10 4 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (1.84%) PMO
11 3 (1.38%) SLA
12 2 (0.92%) RMADS
13 1 (0.46%) COSO
13 1 (0.46%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.46%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 4 (1.84%) Active Directory
1 4 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.46%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (2.30%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (1.84%) CASB
3 3 (1.38%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (0.46%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 1 (0.46%) CSIRT
4 1 (0.46%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.46%) Nessus
Vendors
1 8 (3.69%) Microsoft
2 5 (2.30%) CheckPoint
2 5 (2.30%) VMware
3 4 (1.84%) Cisco
3 4 (1.84%) CyberArk
3 4 (1.84%) Trend Micro
4 2 (0.92%) Palo Alto
5 1 (0.46%) Blue Coat
5 1 (0.46%) Juniper
5 1 (0.46%) Qualys