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Bodyguard

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Bodyguards, also known as close protection operatives (CPOs), protect clients (individuals or groups) from the risk of possible violence, kidnapping or terrorist threat, or from unwanted attention of stalkers or fans. They usually specialise in low risk or high risk environments.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most bodyguards work for private security firms. You will find a list of accredited firms on the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) website.

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 be:

You must have:

Training

Once you are working as a bodyguard you may do other courses to keep your skills up to date.

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Security Industry Association
Tel: 01905 342 020
Website: http://www.bsia.co.uk
Twitter: @thebsia

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.

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