Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Workers in this unit group inspect goods to ensure compliance with regulations concerning payment of duty, establish that persons entering and leaving the UK have necessary authorisation for crossing national borders, monitor maritime conditions, undertake search and rescue operations, plan and coordinate services of private detection agencies and security measures for individuals, establishments or organisations, and perform other security and protective service occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 331: Protective Service Occupations.


These posts have varying entry requirements. Some posts require no academic qualifications whereas others require GCSEs/S grades and/or relevant practical experience. Entry to some occupations is followed by periods of assessed probationary training and professional examinations.

Typical tasks

  • examines, weighs and counts goods imported by ship or aircraft, ensures that the declared value of goods is satisfactory and that duties and taxes have been paid;
  • examines passports, visas, work permits and other immigration documents, and allows or refuses entry into the UK;
  • maintains revenue control at breweries, tobacco factories and other premises where dutiable goods are manufactured, processed or stored;
  • visits racecourses, greyhound stadiums and betting shops to ensure compliance with legal requirements;
  • broadcasts information on weather and maritime conditions, monitors shipping and provides instruction to navigators;
  • receives distress messages, alerts other appropriate rescue services and participates in search and rescue operations;
  • photographs, fingerprints and undertakes other forms of forensic examination at the scene of a crime;
  • analyses security requirements, advises clients, and develops, monitors and improves security measures;
  • supervises and assigns duties to security and detection staff.

Common job titles

Officer, Customs and Excise
Coordinator, security
Executive, security
Officer, coastguard
Officer, enforcement, law
Analyst, forensic
Officer, watch, coastguard
Owner (security services)
Officer, planning, emergency
Officer, traffic (Highways Agency)
Consultant, security, maritime
Manager (security services)
Officer, security, maritime
Officer, fraud (bank)
Head of security
Guard, coast
Examiner, handwriting, forensic
Expert, print, finger
Officer, defence, civil
Officer, station (coastguard service)
Waterguard (HM Revenue and Customs)
Officer, scenes of crime
Investigator, fraud (insurance)
Investigator, fraud (building society)
Officer, excise (HM Revenue and Customs)
Investigator, scene, crime
Officer, submissions, forensic
Manager, branch (security services)
Specialist, fraud, counter
Manager, operations, CCTV
Manager, prevention, loss
Officer, CCTV
Officer, force, border
Officer, immigration
Manager (private detective agency)
Officer, prevention, crime
Officer, investigating (HM Revenue and Customs)
Officer, investigating, fraud (HM Revenue and Customs)
Steward, route
Analyst, handwriting
Investigator, fraud (bank)
Expert, fingerprint
Superintendent, rescue (coal mine)
Examiner, scene
Officer, fraud (building society)
Owner, agency, detective
Manager, investigations
Owner (detective agency)
Instructor, defence, civil
Supervisor, payback, community (probation service)
Guard, water (HM Revenue and Customs)
Manager, operations (security services)
Assistant, watch (coastguards)
Officer, control, port
Analyst, fraud
Manager, CCTV
Manager, security
Officer, preventive
Officer, customs
Assistant, watch, coastguard
Officer, district (coastguard service)
Officer, investigation (HM Revenue and Customs)
Superintendent, station, rescue
Security, maritime

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.