Get Licensed calls on private security industry to increase door staff pay rates

Security operative licensing expert Get Licensed is calling on private security companies to raise the minimum hourly rate for door supervisors. This follows an announcement by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) that it’s expanding the training package required as part of the licensing process.

The current training course – which also qualifies individuals who pass the test to work in a variety of SIA-approved roles, including retail, corporate and event security – is due to be extended from four to six days in April.

Get Licensed, the dedicated course finder for SIA licence-linked courses, believes the change presents an ideal opportunity for the private security industry, which is worth £6 billion per annum, to review its wage structure and tackle the traditionally high rates of employee turnover.

The organisation also warns that the inevitable increase in the cost of the ‘super-sized’ training course could even put some people off from pursuing a career in the private security industry. On average, door supervisors earn between £10 and £15 per hour which fails to reflect the high level of responsibility, knowledge and skills required by SIA-licensed operatives.

Anthony Milner of Get Licensed said: “We’re calling on the industry to unite and agree a higher minimum wage that will create more job security and promote even greater professionalism. I welcome the SIA’s changes to the training specifications which yet again raise the bar in terms of expertise, skills and knowledge, but this must be reflected in hourly pay rates.”

Four training modules

The current course requires the completion of four training modules involving three multiple choice examinations and an assessment. Areas covered include Health and Safety, communication skills, civil and criminal law, drugs awareness, defusing conflict and physical intervention skills.

Milner added: “It’s a far cry from the traditional and outdated image of a shaven-headed ‘bouncer’ whose main weapon was intimidation. The modern door supervisor is responsible for the safety and security of customers and called upon to deploy a multitude of skills, sometimes in difficult situations. The industry is heavily regulated and has changed beyond all recognition from 20 or 30 years ago. There’s a new generation of highly professional and competent door supervisors who deserve a realistic level of pay.”

Further, Milner has called upon the Government to revise the Private Security Industry Act, which established the SIA and imposes regulatory standards, in order to better reflect the huge and positive changes that have taken place within the industry since the Act was introduced back in 2001.

Milner has urged that ministerial time must be devoted to updating the law to reflect ever-changing Best Practice in such areas as physical intervention.

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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