The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Head of Security
UK
Rank 806 888 883
Rank change year-on-year +82 -5  
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 61 76 73
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.074% 0.069%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.075% 0.076% 0.071%
Number of salaries quoted 43 61 61
Median salary £75,000 £90,000 £85,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -16.66% +5.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £60,000 £65,000
10% offered a salary of more than £102,000 £115,000 £105,000
UK excluding London median salary £72,500 £85,250 £85,000
% change year-on-year -14.95% +0.29%  

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 81759 99530 102645
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67832 83314 83806
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

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 25 March 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 25 March 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 +64 45 £77,500 -13.88% 6
London +54 21 £90,000 -10.00% 5
Scotland +36 12 £75,000 -
Edinburgh +8 9 £75,000 -
North West -4 8 £80,000 -
South East +73 5 £70,000 -18.12% 1
Manchester -13 5 £87,500 +9.37%
Yorkshire +27 4 £62,500 +4.16%
West Midlands +22 3 £77,500 -13.88%
Cheshire - 3 £75,000 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £62,500 -
County Antrim - 3 £62,500 -
Warrington - 3 £75,000 -
Belfast - 3 £62,500 -
Berkshire +33 2 £75,000 -11.76%
Buckinghamshire +17 2 £75,000 +50.00% 1
East Midlands +6 2 £68,250 +5.00%
North East - 2 £52,500 -
Dundee - 2 - -
Reading - 2 £75,000 -
Sheffield - 2 £62,500 -
Leeds - 2 £72,500 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £62,500 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £72,500 -
Leicestershire - 2 £68,250 -
Durham - 2 £52,500 -
City of London +51 1 £105,000 -4.54%
Milton Keynes +4 1 £95,000 +90.00% 1
Salford - 1 £80,000 -
Coventry - 1 £85,000 -

Head of Security Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 116 (72.96%) Information Security
2 78 (49.06%) CISSP
3 59 (37.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 57 (35.85%) CISM
5 53 (33.33%) Finance
6 46 (28.93%) Management Information System
7 37 (23.27%) CISA
8 29 (18.24%) Security Operations
9 28 (17.61%) Security Architecture
9 28 (17.61%) Risk Management
10 27 (16.98%) Cybersecurity
11 26 (16.35%) Degree
12 24 (15.09%) PCI DSS
13 22 (13.84%) Data Protection
14 21 (13.21%) ISMS
15 20 (12.58%) Firewall
15 20 (12.58%) ITIL
16 19 (11.95%) Security Management
16 19 (11.95%) SIEM
17 18 (11.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 17 (10.69%) Identity Management
19 16 (10.06%) Information Security Management
19 16 (10.06%) GIAC
20 15 (9.43%) Line Management
20 15 (9.43%) Identity Access Management
21 14 (8.81%) Security Operations Centre
22 13 (8.18%) IT Strategy
22 13 (8.18%) Windows
22 13 (8.18%) COBIT
22 13 (8.18%) Banking

Head of Security Skill Set
Top Related 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 (0.63%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (2.52%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.14%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (3.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.89%) Office 365
3 1 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (12.58%) Firewall
2 12 (7.55%) Network Security
3 8 (5.03%) Intrusion Detection
3 8 (5.03%) WAN
4 7 (4.40%) LAN
4 7 (4.40%) Wireless
5 5 (3.14%) DNS
5 5 (3.14%) SMTP
5 5 (3.14%) SSL
6 1 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.63%) Internet
6 1 (0.63%) MPLS
6 1 (0.63%) VoIP
6 1 (0.63%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.14%) Big Data
1 5 (3.14%) Relational Database
General
1 53 (33.33%) Finance
2 13 (8.18%) Banking
3 5 (3.14%) Games
4 4 (2.52%) Legal
5 3 (1.89%) Marketing
5 3 (1.89%) Retail
6 2 (1.26%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.63%) Law
7 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.40%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.63%) .NET
2 1 (0.63%) Middleware
2 1 (0.63%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 46 (28.93%) Management Information System
2 14 (8.81%) Security Operations Centre
3 9 (5.66%) Data Centre
4 6 (3.77%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.77%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (3.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 5 (3.14%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.26%) CESG
6 2 (1.26%) CESG CLAS
6 2 (1.26%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (0.63%) CCTV
7 1 (0.63%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.63%) Cybercrime
7 1 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.63%) PKI
7 1 (0.63%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.63%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 13 (8.18%) Windows
2 6 (3.77%) Linux
3 2 (1.26%) Unix
3 2 (1.26%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.63%) Android
4 1 (0.63%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (72.96%) Information Security
2 29 (18.24%) Security Operations
3 28 (17.61%) Risk Management
3 28 (17.61%) Security Architecture
4 27 (16.98%) Cybersecurity
5 22 (13.84%) Data Protection
6 21 (13.21%) ISMS
7 20 (12.58%) ITIL
8 19 (11.95%) Security Management
8 19 (11.95%) SIEM
9 17 (10.69%) Identity Management
10 16 (10.06%) Information Security Management
11 15 (9.43%) Identity Access Management
11 15 (9.43%) Line Management
12 13 (8.18%) IT Strategy
13 12 (7.55%) Business Continuity
13 12 (7.55%) Risk Assessment
13 12 (7.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 11 (6.92%) Risk Analysis
14 11 (6.92%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (1.89%) C
2 1 (0.63%) Java
Qualifications
1 78 (49.06%) CISSP
2 57 (35.85%) CISM
3 37 (23.27%) CISA
4 26 (16.35%) Degree
5 16 (10.06%) GIAC
6 11 (6.92%) SSCP
7 8 (5.03%) SANS
8 7 (4.40%) CEH
9 6 (3.77%) CRISC
10 4 (2.52%) CLAS
10 4 (2.52%) CompTIA Security+
10 4 (2.52%) CSSLP
10 4 (2.52%) Security Cleared
10 4 (2.52%) Security+ Certification
11 3 (1.89%) GISF
11 3 (1.89%) GSEC
12 2 (1.26%) IRCA
13 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.63%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (37.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (15.09%) PCI DSS
3 18 (11.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 13 (8.18%) COBIT
5 5 (3.14%) BS7799
5 5 (3.14%) ISO 9001
6 4 (2.52%) GDPR
6 4 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 4 (2.52%) SLA
7 2 (1.26%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.63%) ISO22301
System Software
1 2 (1.26%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (1.89%) Nessus
1 3 (1.89%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (6.29%) CyberArk
1 10 (6.29%) Symantec
2 8 (5.03%) Microsoft
3 4 (2.52%) Palo Alto
4 3 (1.89%) Aveksa
4 3 (1.89%) Intel Security
4 3 (1.89%) Splunk
5 2 (1.26%) Cisco
6 1 (0.63%) F5
6 1 (0.63%) Forcepoint
6 1 (0.63%) HP
6 1 (0.63%) Juniper
6 1 (0.63%) SAP
6 1 (0.63%) Stonesoft
6 1 (0.63%) VMware
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