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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)

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:

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 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
16431
1.8 %
RISE
2024
16734
  United Kingdom
2019
206206
1.3 %
RISE
2024
208974

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
Website: http://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
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 (including SITO)
Tel: 01905 744000
E-mail: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk
Twitter: @Skills4Security

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

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