UKCMA report focuses on reduction in number of security and stewarding personnel

A significant report detailing the results of a survey concerning an industry-wide reduction in the numbers of security and stewarding personnel has now been published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA).

The finalised report delivered by the University of Derby has been agreed with the Football Safety Officers Association and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Supporting data was provided by the SIA regarding the number of licence renewals, which have seen a reduction of nearly 40% since 2013, but the overriding aim of the survey was to gather more detailed factual evidence to explain this trend.

Both buyers and suppliers in the security industry were invited to take part in the inaugural survey in order to share their views and provide the necessary data required to benchmark the current state of the industry. The survey attracted a phenomenal response from industry experts, and the findings will now be used to catalyse discussions and identify ways in which positive action can be taken.

As a result of the report’s key findings, some suggested actions include:

*Diverting monies from the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy – which is unsuitable in terms of supporting the night-time economy – into training funds

*Creating qualifications beyond the restrictions of the NVQ to improve opportunities for people to work in the industry, including upfront, flexible training which is relevant to a multitude of venues and environments

*Ensuring the private security sector has the necessary resources to play a key role in counter-terrorism, meet increased demand and enhance public safety in the wake of several terrorist attacks on the UK earlier this year

UKCMA members have agreed that, in many cases – and especially so over the busy summer period – security providers have been working at maximum capacity and more resources will be required to meet future demand. This presents an opportunity for more licence holders to enter the industry, and particularly so if Government funding can be secured to assist with this process.

Mark Harding, chair of the UKCMA and managing director at crowd and event security management specialist Showsec, commented: “It’s really encouraging that the industry has recognised there’s a problem, as this acquisition of evidence is all in the interests of public safety. The next stage is to engage stakeholders to find solutions. The Government needs to collaborate with industry authorities on an action plan designed to address the deficiencies in the skills and number of security personnel. The private security industry must have the capability and capacity to meet not only ongoing business, but any upsurge in demand caused by one-off incidents.”

 

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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