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Security Officer or Guard

Security officer looking at surveillance TV screens

Security officers or guards protect people, property, goods and money from theft and damage. They must be ready to deal with intruders and emergency situations. You could work in a range of organisations, with your role varying depending on the type of industry you work in. All security work has an element of risk.

The Work

Door Supervisor (Bouncer)

You could be:

Reception Security Officer (Concierge)

You could be:

Patrolling Security Officer or Guard

You could be:

Cash-in-Transit Security Officer or Guard

You could be:

Prison Custody Officer

You could be:

Airport Security Officer

You could be:

Bodyguard

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour. This may rise to between £12.00 and £14.00 an hour with experience. Supervisors might earn up to £23,000 a year. Pay rates for security managers also vary, but can be £25,000 a year or more. Security officers working with the civil service can expect to earn between £32,465 and £35,232 a year (March 2024).

Most bodyguards work on a self-employed basis. Pay depends on the client or company, experience and the risk of the job involved. A low risk job can pay anywhere from £100 to £500 a day A high risk job, or one involving the protection of high profile or very wealthy clients, can pay between £500 and £1000 a day. An extremely high risk job can pay up to £1,500 a day or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Jobs are usually advertised in the press, on the Find a Job website, or in Jobcentre Plus offices.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
17320
0.8 %
RISE
2029
17457
  United Kingdom
2024
247724
4.2 %
RISE
2029
258059

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of London City Airport

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/security-industry-authority
Twitter: @SIAuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesiauk/

The website has an online step-by-step guide to applying for a licence.

Security Institute
Tel: 02476 346 464
E-mail: info@security-institute.org
Website: http://www.security-institute.org/
Twitter: @SyInstitute
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syinstitute/

Skills for Security
Tel: 01905 744000
E-mail: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk
Website: https://www.skills4security.com/
Twitter: @Skills4Security
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforsec

Skills for Security is the Sector Skills Council for the security business sector.

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