Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)

Prison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.


New workers
£ 19,789
£ 30,293
£ 39,116

Available jobs

In the past year there were 30,307 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Reports on prisoners’ conduct as necessary.

  • Trains and supervises prison staff.

  • Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self-harm.

  • Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.

  • Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.

  • Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.

  • Guards entrances and perimeter walls.

  • Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.

  • Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Psychology

  • Optometry

  • Data Entry

  • Criminology

  • Numerical Analysis

  • Operations Support Systems

  • OpenSceneGraph

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

  • Settlement

  • Working With Children

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Resilience

  • Written English

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Detail Oriented

  • Decision Making

  • Empathy

  • First Aid

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.