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Prison Officer

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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 November 2019 the starting salary for an newly recruited operations officer working for the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is £20,004 a year rising to £26,903 (£22,700 rising to £23,312 after 12 months for HMP Addiewell).

The salary for a residential officer starts at £24,978 a year rising to £34,998 over a four year period.

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
2019
1976
6.5 %
RISE
2024
2105
  United Kingdom
2019
23114
0.3 %
FALL
2024
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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.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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

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