Security Officer or Guard

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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)

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Patrolling Security Officer or Guard

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Cash-in-Transit Security Officer or Guard

You could be:

Prison Custody Officer

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Airport Security Officer

You could be:


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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 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over. This may rise to £10.50 an hour with experience. Supervisors might earn up to £20,000 a year. Pay rates for security managers also vary, but can be £21,000 a year or more.

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.


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Getting In

Jobs are usually advertised in the press, on the Find a Job website (formerly Universal Jobmatch) or in Jobcentre Plus offices.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
Twitter: @SIAuk

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

Security Institute
Tel: 02476 346 464
Twitter: @SyInstitute

Skills for Security (including SITO)
Tel: 01905 744000
Twitter: @Skills4Security

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

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