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

by Brian Sims

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Milner added: “It’s a far cry from the traditional and outdated image of a shaven-headed ‘bouncer’ whose main weapon was intimidation.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.

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