£21,320 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
43 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


There 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.

What Security guards and related occupations studied in higher education

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What Security guards and related occupations studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy3
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology8
(C1) Biology2
(Q9) Others in linguistics, classics & related subjects1
(H3) Mechanical engineering3
(C8) Psychology3
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic2
(W3) Music2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(V4) Archaeology1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies2
(L2) Politics1
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(H1) General engineering1
(H2) Civil engineering2
(L9) Others in social studies1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic5
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences4
(N1) Business studies7
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting3
(C6) Sport & exercise science7
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering2
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science4

UK Prospects

148100 Workforce Size
0.25% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
23123 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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