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Store Detective

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Store detectives prevent and detect theft in retail stores.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Pay rates for store detectives vary but are often based around the National Minimum Wage. 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 around £11.50 an hour with experience.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs with retail chains and with agencies. Jobs are usually advertised in the press, in Jobcentre Plus offices and on the Find a Job website (formerly Universal Jobmatch). Prospects are good in most areas and particularly good in cities with major retail shopping centres.

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

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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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