Period
to 12 November 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £92,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 984 1085 1021
Rank change year-on-year +101 -64 +195
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 164 125 204
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.070% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.073% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 106 100 159
UK median annual salary £92,500 £100,000 £87,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.50% +14.29% +13.64%
10th Percentile £64,314 £67,500 £67,250
90th Percentile £120,000 £132,500 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £85,000 £87,500 £80,000
% change year-on-year -2.86% +9.38% +14.29%

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 155,089 170,836 183,479
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.89% 95.96% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 124,962 136,969 153,579
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +5.59%

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 +91 159 £93,250 -6.75% 24
London +70 96 £95,000 -9.52% 16
UK excluding London +51 68 £85,000 -2.86% 8
South East +33 26 £90,000 +2.86% 2
North of England +38 21 £75,000 +7.14% 6
North West +12 13 £80,000 +14.29% 6
East of England +45 10 - -
Yorkshire +37 7 £52,500 -56.25%
Midlands +17 6 £92,500 -2.63%
West Midlands +29 5 £93,250 -
Isle of Man - 2 £55,000 -
Scotland - 2 - -
East Midlands +5 1 £80,000 -20.00%
North East -5 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 12 November 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.

1 134 (81.71%) Information Security
2 94 (57.32%) Cybersecurity
3 87 (53.05%) CISSP
4 85 (51.83%) CISM
5 58 (35.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 52 (31.71%) GDPR
7 46 (28.05%) Risk Management
8 43 (26.22%) Data Protection
9 42 (25.61%) Management Information System
10 38 (23.17%) CISA
11 37 (22.56%) PCI DSS
12 34 (20.73%) Incident Management
13 33 (20.12%) Finance
14 31 (18.90%) SIEM
15 30 (18.29%) Firewall
16 29 (17.68%) Vulnerability Management
17 28 (17.07%) Security Management
18 25 (15.24%) Security Operations
19 23 (14.02%) Continuous Improvement
19 23 (14.02%) Stakeholder Management
20 22 (13.41%) Business Continuity
20 22 (13.41%) Information Security Management
21 21 (12.80%) CEH
22 20 (12.20%) ITIL
22 20 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
23 19 (11.59%) Disaster Recovery
23 19 (11.59%) Legal
24 18 (10.98%) Degree
25 17 (10.37%) Penetration Testing
25 17 (10.37%) Security Architecture

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 (2.44%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (1.22%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
1 12 (7.32%) SaaS
2 5 (3.05%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.83%) IaaS
4 2 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.61%) Office 365
5 1 (0.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (18.29%) Firewall
2 11 (6.71%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (3.05%) Internet
3 5 (3.05%) Wireless
4 4 (2.44%) VPN
5 3 (1.83%) FTP
5 3 (1.83%) IPsec
6 2 (1.22%) Network Security
6 2 (1.22%) SSL
7 1 (0.61%) DMZ
7 1 (0.61%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.61%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.22%) Big Data
2 1 (0.61%) Geospatial Data
2 1 (0.61%) GIS
2 1 (0.61%) Hadoop
General
1 33 (20.12%) Finance
2 19 (11.59%) Legal
3 14 (8.54%) Banking
4 6 (3.66%) Retail
5 4 (2.44%) Local Government
5 4 (2.44%) Marketing
6 3 (1.83%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.22%) Military
8 1 (0.61%) Law
Miscellaneous
1 42 (25.61%) Management Information System
2 13 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (7.32%) Security Operations Centre
4 10 (6.10%) Data Protection Act
5 6 (3.66%) PKI
5 6 (3.66%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (3.05%) Cybercrime
7 4 (2.44%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.44%) Online Banking
7 4 (2.44%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.83%) Fintech
8 3 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.22%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.22%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (1.22%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.61%) Cyberattack
10 1 (0.61%) Cyberthreat
10 1 (0.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.61%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.61%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.05%) Linux
1 5 (3.05%) Windows
2 2 (1.22%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (81.71%) Information Security
2 94 (57.32%) Cybersecurity
3 46 (28.05%) Risk Management
4 43 (26.22%) Data Protection
5 34 (20.73%) Incident Management
6 31 (18.90%) SIEM
7 29 (17.68%) Vulnerability Management
8 28 (17.07%) Security Management
9 25 (15.24%) Security Operations
10 23 (14.02%) Continuous Improvement
10 23 (14.02%) Stakeholder Management
11 22 (13.41%) Business Continuity
11 22 (13.41%) Information Security Management
12 20 (12.20%) ITIL
12 20 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
13 19 (11.59%) Disaster Recovery
14 17 (10.37%) Penetration Testing
14 17 (10.37%) Security Architecture
15 15 (9.15%) Cryptography
15 15 (9.15%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.61%) C
1 1 (0.61%) Java
1 1 (0.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 87 (53.05%) CISSP
2 85 (51.83%) CISM
3 38 (23.17%) CISA
4 21 (12.80%) CEH
5 18 (10.98%) Degree
6 14 (8.54%) Security Cleared
7 13 (7.93%) SC Cleared
8 12 (7.32%) CRISC
8 12 (7.32%) GPEN
9 7 (4.27%) CISMP
10 6 (3.66%) GIAC
11 5 (3.05%) ISACA
11 5 (3.05%) OSCP
11 5 (3.05%) SANS
12 4 (2.44%) IISP
13 3 (1.83%) CREST Certified
13 3 (1.83%) Tigerscheme
14 2 (1.22%) Check Point Certification
15 1 (0.61%) ISEB
15 1 (0.61%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (35.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (31.71%) GDPR
3 37 (22.56%) PCI DSS
4 15 (9.15%) COBIT
5 4 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 3 (1.83%) ISO 14001
6 3 (1.83%) ISO 9001
6 3 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 3 (1.83%) RMADS
7 2 (1.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (1.22%) QA
7 2 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.61%) GPG13
8 1 (0.61%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.61%) MiFID
8 1 (0.61%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (2.44%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (1.22%) CASB
1 2 (1.22%) CSIRT
1 2 (1.22%) QRadar
2 1 (0.61%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (0.61%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (0.61%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 11 (6.71%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.44%) Cisco
2 4 (2.44%) Qualys
2 4 (2.44%) Symantec
3 3 (1.83%) CheckPoint
3 3 (1.83%) Forcepoint
3 3 (1.83%) Juniper
3 3 (1.83%) Splunk
4 2 (1.22%) CyberArk
5 1 (0.61%) Blue Coat
5 1 (0.61%) Citrix
5 1 (0.61%) Cloudera
5 1 (0.61%) Dell
5 1 (0.61%) ForeScout
5 1 (0.61%) IBM
5 1 (0.61%) McAfee
5 1 (0.61%) Varonis