Security guards and related occupations
Average Annual Pay
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017
Average Weekly Hours
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015
Labour Force Survey 2018
Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)
Workers in this unit group protect merchandise, individuals, hotels, offices, factories, public grounds and private estates from injury, theft or damage, and investigate fraud and crime on a non-statutory basis.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic entry requirements. For some vacancies a current and clean driving licence is required and entrants may have to pass a medical examination. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of security guarding are available at Level 2.
- investigates crimes, trading practices and the private affairs of individuals;
- walks or rides near person requiring protection, watches for suspicious occurrences and defends guarded person from attack;
- monitors and patrols hotels, factories, offices and other premises, forests, parks, and public or private estates to prevent theft and unauthorised entry;
- checks persons and vehicles entering and leaving premises, establishes their credentials and arranges for escorts for visitors;
- receives duty sheet, time-clock and keys for premises to be visited, checks locks, doors, windows, etc. and reports any suspicious circumstances to security headquarters;
- calls in civil police and gives evidence in court where necessary.
Common job titles
Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.