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33,568 Security Jobs Found

The security sector in the UK remains strong, helping to create many opportunities for people looking to enter this growing sector. Security jobs exist in various sectors, and as such the role can often be dynamic and exciting. For example, you could be working in a retail shop in a busy shopping area, or in an airport or football stadium. Working in security can provide long-term job security, as well create many opportunities to develop your career in security or move into a different role entirely.

Many roles are entry-level, providing an excellent way to enter a growing industry without the need for further education qualifications. There are also many industry-specific qualifications you can work towards which will open even more opportunities for you. Keep reading to learn more about security jobs, including expected salaries and required skills.

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With security employers found in many different industries, what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis can vary significantly. You could be working indoors, outdoors, in a vehicle or even aboard a cruise liner. Roles can be physically demanding or not and may involve wearing a uniform.

Furthermore, you could be working alone or as part of a team, whilst unsociable hours such as nights and weekends can also be common. Some of the most common duties involved in security jobs, include:

  • Patrolling premises and ensuring everywhere is secure
  • Monitoring CCTV cameras and other surveillance equipment
  • Checking and escorting visitors in and out of premises
  • Guarding valuable equipment, money and VIPs
  • Searching luggage and operating scanning equipment

The majority of security jobs do not require you to have any formal qualifications other than perhaps GCSEs in subjects such as math and English. However, some specialist roles, such as prison guard, may require you to have a related qualification, such as those approved by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). These courses can often be taken whilst you are working and will improve your career opportunities.

Many security jobs will provide on-the-job training and apprenticeships. Therefore, companies are often looking for candidates with skill sets well matched to the role, these include:

  • Hard working and honest
  • Patience and ability to stay calm in emergency situations
  • Good decision making and communications skills
  • Good physical condition and concentration abilities

Working in security can provide excellent career opportunities. Security jobs exist in many different sectors, creating good demand across the UK. You will gain valuable skills and experience that will help you develop further in a role or enable you to move to an entirely different position. Once you have gained experience you will be able to move towards more senior-level positions, including supervisor and chief security officer roles. Furthermore, if you gain the relevant qualifications, you could move into security management, training or even start your own business.

More security jobs can often be found in large cities, with London in particular a hub for security-based roles. Salaries can vary a lot. Average UK salaries for security jobs is round £17,500. However, this rises to around £31,000 for jobs based in London. Other factors that affect wages include the size and sector of an employer, as well as what experience, previous experience and qualifications/training you have.

With security employers found in so many different sectors, working in security can provide a dynamic and interesting career choice. There is often good demand for the role, and you will likely receive extensive on-the-job training. There are plenty of opportunities to develop professionally and salaries can be good when you move into more senior-level roles.

However, security jobs can also be demanding. Some roles may have a dangerous element to them, and you can often be working outdoors regardless of the weather. Unsociable hours, including nights, weekends and Bank Holidays are common, whilst starting salaries can be low in some entry-level positions.