The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £100,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 802 877 925
Rank change year-on-year +75 +48  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 72 70 63
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.081% 0.071% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.084% 0.074% 0.059%
Number of salaries quoted 53 44 54
Median salary £100,000 £90,000 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50%  
90% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £64,925 £62,500
10% offered a salary of more than £125,000 £100,000 £98,500
UK excluding London median salary £80,000 £90,000 £80,000
% change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 85218 95218 107157
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.94% 96.54% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 69700 80264 88299
Median salary £46,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.12% +4.44%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £73,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

Head of Security
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Head of Security in the job title.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +55 71 £100,000 +11.11% 6
London +42 38 £120,000 +33.33% 2
North West - 14 £80,000 - 2
Cheshire - 9 £66,250 - 1
West Midlands +13 7 £85,000 -
Warrington - 7 - -
South East +32 5 £80,000 -11.11% 2
Coventry - 5 £85,000 -
Manchester - 5 £80,000 - 1
Buckinghamshire -4 3 £90,000 - 1
East Midlands +25 2 £100,000 +81.81%
South West +7 2 £80,000 +9.12%
Nottinghamshire +7 2 £100,000 +81.81%
Nottingham +3 2 £100,000 +81.81%
Wiltshire - 2 £80,000 -
Berkshire +26 1 - -
City of London +12 1 £140,000 +80.64%
Yorkshire 0 1 £62,500 -20.76%
East of England -1 1 £85,000 +9.67%
Milton Keynes -8 1 £100,000 - 1
Chester - 1 £57,500 -
Newbury - 1 - -
Telford - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 £62,500 -
Gatwick - 1 £70,000 -
Horsham - 1 £70,000 -
Swindon - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £62,500 -
East Sussex - 1 £70,000 - 1
West Sussex - 1 £70,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 105 (80.77%) Information Security
2 65 (50.00%) CISSP
3 55 (42.31%) CISM
4 48 (36.92%) CISA
5 39 (30.00%) Finance
5 39 (30.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 34 (26.15%) Management Information System
7 31 (23.85%) Security Architecture
8 24 (18.46%) Cybersecurity
9 20 (15.38%) CyberArk
9 20 (15.38%) Security Operations
9 20 (15.38%) Risk Management
9 20 (15.38%) Symantec
9 20 (15.38%) Banking
10 19 (14.62%) SIEM
11 18 (13.85%) Business Continuity
11 18 (13.85%) Data Protection
12 17 (13.08%) Nessus
12 17 (13.08%) SailPoint
13 16 (12.31%) ISMS
13 16 (12.31%) Security Management
13 16 (12.31%) Disaster Recovery
14 15 (11.54%) Firewall
14 15 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
15 14 (10.77%) Legal
15 14 (10.77%) GIAC
15 14 (10.77%) GSEC
15 14 (10.77%) GISF
15 14 (10.77%) Incident Management
15 14 (10.77%) 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 1 (0.77%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.77%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (3.08%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.77%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (11.54%) Firewall
2 8 (6.15%) Network Security
3 4 (3.08%) NAS
3 4 (3.08%) SAN
4 3 (2.31%) Ethernet
4 3 (2.31%) LAN
4 3 (2.31%) WAN
5 2 (1.54%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.54%) VPN
5 2 (1.54%) Wireless
6 1 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.77%) Internet
6 1 (0.77%) MPLS
6 1 (0.77%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.85%) Hadoop
2 4 (3.08%) Looker
3 1 (0.77%) Big Data
3 1 (0.77%) GIS
Development Applications
1 4 (3.08%) Fiddler
General
1 39 (30.00%) Finance
2 20 (15.38%) Banking
3 14 (10.77%) Legal
4 3 (2.31%) Law
4 3 (2.31%) Marketing
4 3 (2.31%) Retail
4 3 (2.31%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.54%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.54%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.54%) Publishing
6 1 (0.77%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.77%) iGaming
6 1 (0.77%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (13.08%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.77%) .NET
2 1 (0.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 34 (26.15%) Management Information System
2 5 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.85%) Data Protection Act
3 3 (2.31%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 3 (2.31%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.31%) Public Cloud
3 3 (2.31%) Virtual Team
4 2 (1.54%) Cyber Attack
4 2 (1.54%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (0.77%) CCTV
5 1 (0.77%) CESG
5 1 (0.77%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (0.77%) Cyber Defence
5 1 (0.77%) Cybercrime
5 1 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (0.77%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.77%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.08%) Linux
2 3 (2.31%) Kali Linux
2 3 (2.31%) Windows
3 2 (1.54%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.77%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (80.77%) Information Security
2 31 (23.85%) Security Architecture
3 24 (18.46%) Cybersecurity
4 20 (15.38%) Risk Management
4 20 (15.38%) Security Operations
5 19 (14.62%) SIEM
6 18 (13.85%) Business Continuity
6 18 (13.85%) Data Protection
7 16 (12.31%) Disaster Recovery
7 16 (12.31%) ISMS
7 16 (12.31%) Security Management
8 15 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
9 14 (10.77%) Incident Management
9 14 (10.77%) Information Security Management
9 14 (10.77%) ITIL
10 12 (9.23%) IT Governance
10 12 (9.23%) IT Strategy
10 12 (9.23%) Penetration Testing
11 10 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (6.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 8 (6.15%) C
2 4 (3.08%) Perl
2 4 (3.08%) Python
3 1 (0.77%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.77%) SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (50.00%) CISSP
2 55 (42.31%) CISM
3 48 (36.92%) CISA
4 14 (10.77%) Degree
4 14 (10.77%) GIAC
4 14 (10.77%) GISF
4 14 (10.77%) GSEC
5 8 (6.15%) CEH
6 7 (5.38%) SSCP
7 4 (3.08%) CLAS
7 4 (3.08%) ISSEP
7 4 (3.08%) SANS
8 3 (2.31%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (2.31%) CRISC
8 3 (2.31%) IRCA
8 3 (2.31%) Security Cleared
9 2 (1.54%) CompTIA Security+
9 2 (1.54%) Security+ Certification
10 1 (0.77%) CREST Certified
10 1 (0.77%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (30.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (9.23%) COBIT
3 10 (7.69%) PCI DSS
4 9 (6.92%) SLA
5 8 (6.15%) GDPR
6 6 (4.62%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 6 (4.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (3.85%) ISO 9001
8 4 (3.08%) COSO
8 4 (3.08%) ISO 31000
8 4 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 4 (3.08%) NIST 800
9 3 (2.31%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.77%) BS25999
System Software
1 4 (3.08%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.54%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.77%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (13.08%) Nessus
2 13 (10.00%) McAfee ePO
2 13 (10.00%) SCCM
3 4 (3.08%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 20 (15.38%) CyberArk
1 20 (15.38%) Symantec
2 14 (10.77%) Palo Alto
3 13 (10.00%) Aveksa
3 13 (10.00%) McAfee
3 13 (10.00%) Splunk
4 6 (4.62%) Microsoft
5 4 (3.08%) HP
5 4 (3.08%) NetApp
5 4 (3.08%) Veracode
6 2 (1.54%) F5
6 2 (1.54%) Juniper
7 1 (0.77%) Cisco
7 1 (0.77%) Forcepoint
7 1 (0.77%) Fortinet
7 1 (0.77%) SAP
7 1 (0.77%) Stonesoft
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