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Prison Officer

Two prison officers patrolling the outer grounds of a prison

Prison officers supervise people who have been convicted of a crime, or who are 'on remand' and waiting to go on trial, in prisons and young offenders' institutions.

The Work

You could be:

Officers of both genders serve in both male and female prisons. You could work your way up to the post of residential officer within the prison service (see the Getting On section).

Pay

As of April 2024 the starting salary for a newly recruited operations officer working for the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is £28,425 a year rising to £32,200 over a three year period.

The salary for a residential officer starts at £34,789 a year rising to £40,850 within three years.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
3073
4.7 %
RISE
2029
3216
  United Kingdom
2024
30736
3.8 %
RISE
2029
31913

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Prison Service:

In Scotland, all prisons, including privately managed prisons, are part of the SPS estate so all prisoners are in government care.

Video

Courtesy of Ministry of Justice

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Prison Service (SPS)
Tel: 0131 330 3500
E-mail: gaolinfo@prisons.gov.scot
Website: http://www.sps.gov.uk/
Twitter: @scottishprisons
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishPrisonService

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