Period
to 23 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Head of Security was £95,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1059 1032 1200
Rank change year-on-year -27 +168 -30
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Security 130 205 96
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.11% 0.044%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.075% 0.11% 0.046%
Number of salaries quoted 106 160 86
UK median annual salary £95,000 £87,500 £75,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.57% +16.67% -
10th Percentile £66,250 £67,500 £55,000
90th Percentile £132,500 £115,000 £125,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £85,000 £80,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -3.45%

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 172559 183130 209788
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138476 153185 174290
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Head of Security in the UK

Head of Security
Top 14 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 November 2017. 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 -19 128 £95,000 +5.56% 9
London -17 85 £105,000 +10.53% 5
UK excluding London -2 45 £85,000 +6.25% 5
South East +28 16 £87,500 +9.38%
Midlands +5 14 £88,750 +22.41%
North of England +4 11 £70,000 +13.36% 3
West Midlands -2 9 £87,500 +16.67%
North West -15 7 £70,000 +13.36%
East Midlands +29 4 £85,000 +17.24%
North East - 3 £55,000 - 1
Wales +7 2 - -
Yorkshire +20 1 £120,000 +74.55% 2
South West +8 1 £49,500 -47.89% 1
East of England +6 1 £85,000 +15.25%

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 98 (75.38%) Information Security
2 75 (57.69%) CISSP
3 71 (54.62%) Finance
4 69 (53.08%) CISM
5 56 (43.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 52 (40.00%) Cybersecurity
7 46 (35.38%) CISA
8 39 (30.00%) Security Operations
9 37 (28.46%) Risk Management
10 36 (27.69%) Security Architecture
11 33 (25.38%) Data Protection
12 32 (24.62%) Management Information System
13 30 (23.08%) Incident Management
14 29 (22.31%) SIEM
15 27 (20.77%) Stakeholder Management
16 26 (20.00%) ITIL
17 24 (18.46%) Banking
18 20 (15.38%) Change Management
19 17 (13.08%) Nessus
19 17 (13.08%) Legal
19 17 (13.08%) GDPR
20 16 (12.31%) GIAC
20 16 (12.31%) Agile Software Development
20 16 (12.31%) COBIT
21 15 (11.54%) Degree
21 15 (11.54%) Security Management
21 15 (11.54%) Threat Intelligence
22 14 (10.77%) CyberArk
23 13 (10.00%) CRISC
23 13 (10.00%) SCCM

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 2 (1.54%) IIS
2 1 (0.77%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.54%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.23%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (4.62%) SaaS
4 2 (1.54%) IaaS
4 2 (1.54%) PaaS
5 1 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.77%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (10.00%) Internet
2 11 (8.46%) Firewall
2 11 (8.46%) TCP/IP
3 6 (4.62%) SAN
4 5 (3.85%) NAS
4 5 (3.85%) Network Security
5 4 (3.08%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (2.31%) Ethernet
6 3 (2.31%) VPN
7 2 (1.54%) LAN
7 2 (1.54%) WAN
8 1 (0.77%) Cisco IPT
8 1 (0.77%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.62%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.85%) Looker
3 4 (3.08%) GIS
4 1 (0.77%) Big Data
4 1 (0.77%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.85%) Fiddler
General
1 71 (54.62%) Finance
2 24 (18.46%) Banking
3 17 (13.08%) Legal
4 5 (3.85%) Law
5 4 (3.08%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.31%) Aerospace
6 3 (2.31%) Marketing
6 3 (2.31%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.54%) Retail
8 1 (0.77%) Automotive
8 1 (0.77%) Front Office
8 1 (0.77%) iGaming
8 1 (0.77%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (9.23%) SailPoint
2 4 (3.08%) Middleware
3 2 (1.54%) .NET
3 2 (1.54%) Node.js
4 1 (0.77%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 32 (24.62%) Management Information System
2 8 (6.15%) Data Protection Act
3 6 (4.62%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.08%) Public Cloud
6 3 (2.31%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.54%) Contactless
8 1 (0.77%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.77%) CESG
8 1 (0.77%) Cyber Attack
8 1 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.77%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.77%) Internet of Things
8 1 (0.77%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.77%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.77%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.38%) Linux
2 6 (4.62%) Windows
3 4 (3.08%) Unix
4 3 (2.31%) Kali Linux
5 2 (1.54%) Android
5 2 (1.54%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.77%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (75.38%) Information Security
2 52 (40.00%) Cybersecurity
3 39 (30.00%) Security Operations
4 37 (28.46%) Risk Management
5 36 (27.69%) Security Architecture
6 33 (25.38%) Data Protection
7 30 (23.08%) Incident Management
8 29 (22.31%) SIEM
9 27 (20.77%) Stakeholder Management
10 26 (20.00%) ITIL
11 20 (15.38%) Change Management
12 16 (12.31%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (11.54%) Security Management
13 15 (11.54%) Threat Intelligence
14 13 (10.00%) Business Continuity
14 13 (10.00%) Information Security Management
15 12 (9.23%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 12 (9.23%) Disaster Recovery
16 11 (8.46%) OWASP
16 11 (8.46%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.62%) C
1 6 (4.62%) Python
2 5 (3.85%) Java
2 5 (3.85%) Perl
3 3 (2.31%) C++
4 2 (1.54%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.54%) SQL
5 1 (0.77%) C#
5 1 (0.77%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 75 (57.69%) CISSP
2 69 (53.08%) CISM
3 46 (35.38%) CISA
4 16 (12.31%) GIAC
5 15 (11.54%) Degree
6 13 (10.00%) CRISC
6 13 (10.00%) GISF
6 13 (10.00%) GSEC
7 11 (8.46%) CEH
8 6 (4.62%) CLAS
9 5 (3.85%) ISSEP
9 5 (3.85%) SANS
10 3 (2.31%) CGEIT
10 3 (2.31%) GWAPT
10 3 (2.31%) ISSAP
10 3 (2.31%) Master's Degree
10 3 (2.31%) OSCP
10 3 (2.31%) Security Cleared
11 2 (1.54%) CompTIA Security+
11 2 (1.54%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (43.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (13.08%) GDPR
3 16 (12.31%) COBIT
4 10 (7.69%) PCI DSS
5 9 (6.92%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 6 (4.62%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (3.85%) COSO
7 5 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 5 (3.85%) NIST 800
8 4 (3.08%) ISO 31000
8 4 (3.08%) ISO 9001
9 3 (2.31%) BS25999
9 3 (2.31%) RMADS
9 3 (2.31%) Web Application Security Consortium
10 1 (0.77%) GPG13
10 1 (0.77%) PSD2
System Software
1 5 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.54%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (13.08%) Nessus
2 13 (10.00%) SCCM
3 12 (9.23%) McAfee ePO
4 11 (8.46%) FTK
5 5 (3.85%) HP Fortify
6 2 (1.54%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.77%) Ansible
7 1 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.77%) Puppet
7 1 (0.77%) Salt
7 1 (0.77%) SCOM
7 1 (0.77%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.77%) SCSM
7 1 (0.77%) vMotion
Vendors
1 14 (10.77%) CyberArk
2 12 (9.23%) Aveksa
2 12 (9.23%) McAfee
2 12 (9.23%) Palo Alto
2 12 (9.23%) Splunk
2 12 (9.23%) Symantec
3 5 (3.85%) HP
3 5 (3.85%) NetApp
3 5 (3.85%) Veracode
4 4 (3.08%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.31%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.54%) Blue Coat
6 2 (1.54%) F5
6 2 (1.54%) ForeScout
6 2 (1.54%) Fortinet
6 2 (1.54%) VMware
7 1 (0.77%) Barracuda Networks
7 1 (0.77%) Citrix
7 1 (0.77%) Google
7 1 (0.77%) WatchGuard