CCTV Operator

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A CCTV (closed circuit television) operator works in a central control room, monitoring and controlling a bank of screens. These are linked to surveillance cameras placed in public places, buildings and places such as construction sites, to detect and prevent crime, and protect people.

The Work

You could be:


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 £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £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.

With experience, you could earn up to £11.00 an hour. You may get a shift allowance.


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Getting In

Jobs are often with local authorities which will be advertised on myjobscotland website. There are also jobs with Police Scotland in some areas. See their website for current vacancies.

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Training is usually on the job. Your employer may put you through the qualifications necessary to obtain the Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) Licence.

Getting On

Working in a large organisation may give you better potential for promotion to supervisor or manager.


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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.

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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