Security Guards and Related Occupations

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.


New workers
£ 12,031
£ 24,405
£ 37,331

Available jobs

In the past year there were 226,327 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?

  • Calls in civil police and gives evidence in court where necessary.

  • 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.

  • Checks persons and vehicles entering and leaving premises, establishes their credentials and arranges for escorts for visitors.

  • Monitors and patrols hotels, factories, offices and other premises, forests, parks, and public or private estates to prevent theft and unauthorised entry.

  • Walks or rides near person requiring protection, watches for suspicious occurrences and defends guarded person from attack.

  • Investigates crimes, trading practices and the private affairs of individuals.

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.

  • Patrolling

  • Guarding

  • Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)

  • Loss Prevention

  • Access Controls

  • Alarm Devices

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Site Security

  • Warehousing

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

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.

  • Communications

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Professionalism

  • Incident Reporting

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Enthusiasm

  • Operations

  • Investigation

  • English Language

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.