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FOCUS :

SECURITY

PERFECT
passengers and luggage; watching for
intruders in a hotel; or supervising the
entrances to a large organisation.
What skills do I need? While there are
no set requirements, you'll need the
ability to write short reports and follow
written instructions. You'll also need
the confidence to challenge people
when necessary, use your initiative, make
quick decisions and work with technical
equipment - CCTV, for example.
Experience of working in the police or
armed forces can be helpful. Potential
employers will carry out checks on your
personal and work history, going back
10 years - you'll need to tell them about
any criminal convictions.
You will need a Security Industry
Authority (SIA) licence for agency and
contractor jobs, but not for in-house
security. To qualify for this, you must
be aged 18 or over, pass identity and
criminal record checks, and complete
relevant SIA training.
How much can I earn? Earnings start
at £13,000 to £16,000, rising to around
£22,000. As a supervisor, you can expect
to earn in the region of £26,000.
How can I progress? You can move up

to Senior, or Chief, Security Officer, then
to Supervisor. If you obtain some further
qualifications, you could go into security
management or training. Or you may
want to consider setting up your own
security company.

Security systems designer
Day-to-day duties can include discussing
security plans with customers; carrying
out site surveys; installing security
systems, including video surveillance;
building-access controls, fire and
intruder alarms, and electronic
surveillance equipment; testing systems

Experience of
working in the
police or armed
forces can be
helpful for a job
in security

- and also training customers to
operate them. You may also be
required to check and service existing
systems and to respond
to call-outs to repair faulty systems.
Fire-protection specialists will
design, supply and install fire protection
systems to minimise potential damage
to premises, which involves similar site
visits and client-liaison roles.
What skills do I need? The ability to
follow technical plans and instructions
is essential. You'll also need good
problem-solving skills. There are
no set entry requirements, but some
employers may ask for GCSEs (grades
A* to C) or the equivalent in English,
maths, science or a technical subject.
Experience in electrical or
electronics work and a completed
course in security systems can
be helpful, too. You'll also need to
have colour-normal vision and security
clearance before you can start work.
What could I earn? Starter salaries
are around £18,000 to £22,000,
rising to £25,000 to £30,000 with
more experience. Highly experienced
fire protection and security system
specialists can earn up to £35,000.
How can I progress? You could set
up your own company or progress to
supervising teams of sales, installation
or maintenance staff.
FIND OUT MORE
* Security Industry Authority:
https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
* Association for Specialist Fire
Protection: asfp.org.uk
* gov.uk/door-supervisor-licence

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