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The steady increase in the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) across many sectors has created a rise in CCTV jobs across the whole of the UK. The role often involves monitoring multiple screens for security reasons. You could be monitoring a variety of sites, including anything from public spaces, museums, construction sites and office buildings. You may be part of a wider security team or working alone, with employers found in both the public and private sectors.

Most CCTV operator jobs do not require previous experience, with many employers providing full on-the-job training. As such, the role can be a great way to start a career in security and related fields. Keep reading to learn more about working as a CCTV operator, including required qualifications and career prospects.

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CCTV operator jobs can be found in various sectors, from building security to public health and crime prevention, meaning duties can vary depending on the specifics of the role you take. However, regardless of the role, working as a CCTV operator does involve some common duties. Most roles will involve sitting in front of a bank of TV monitors, each providing live surveillance links to a particular location.

An increasing number of surveillance cameras can now be moved remotely, meaning you may also be required to move the view of cameras and zoom in on incidents as and when they occur. You may also be monitoring people to ensure their safety, such as cleaning or construction staff, as well as the General Public in town centres, busy roads and cities. Other duties will involve keeping in close communication with team members, keeping a log of all activity and quickly reporting any issues with equipment.

There are often no formal qualification or skills requirements for CCTV operator jobs. This is because most positions are entry-level and therefore employers will provide full on-the-job training. An industry-specific qualification does exist for people working as a CCTV operator. This is the Public Space Surveillance Licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Most employers will help you get this license, whilst others may require you to have it already before applying for a position.

Requirements for this licence include being over the age of 18, passing security and criminal record checks and passing three mandatory modules which take 32 hours to complete. In terms of desirable skill sets, CCTV operator employers will often look for the following:

  • Alert, observant and discreet
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Strong concentration skills
  • Trustworthy and approachable attitude to work

Working as a CCTV operator can provide good career prospects. Firstly, the role remains in demand, helping to create many opportunities and providing good long-term job security. As the role is often entry-level, it can be a great way to enter the security industry. Roles can be found with security agencies, large businesses and the public sector, including local councils and the emergency services. Once you have gained experience you may be given the opportunity to move into more senior-level roles, such as shift leader and head of security. Whilst starting salaries can often be low, wages will rise as you become more experienced, whilst roles with large organisations and more responsibilities can also provide higher salaries.

There are various pros and cons to working as a CCTV operator. You will often not be required to have any previous experience or qualifications for the role, making a great choice for people looking for their first job or wanting to switch careers. Once you have passed your background checks and attained your Public Space Surveillance Licence, you will be able to work in many different sectors, which in turn will open many more opportunities for you.

However, there are some drawbacks to working as a CCTV operator. Starting salaries often follow the UK minimum wage and can be slow to rise. Furthermore, you will likely be working shifts, with 12-hour shifts common in this sector. Shifts can include the needs to work nights, weekends and Bank Holidays. Lack of motivation can also be an issue for some working in this role, as CCTV monitoring can at times become slightly boring and repetitive.