Securitas UK introduces higher Minimum Wage of £8.03 for security officers

Working in partnership with the GMB Trade Union, Securitas UK has introduced a Minimum Wage of £8.03 for security officers. This rate of pay is 20 pence higher than the National Minimum Wage (which currently stands at £7.83). The new rate of remuneration came into effect on 1 April 2018. 

In November last year, and as reported by Risk Xtra, Securitas UK was accredited as a Recognised Service Provider by the Living Wage Foundation, and remains the only global security company to be recognised as such.

Securitas has made a commitment to work towards paying all security officers the real Living Wage by the end of 2020. The real Living Wage is currently £8.75 across the UK and £10.20 in London. The company has made a strong start in this regard, with over 43% of employees already being paid at this level.

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources and Securitas Operations Centre director, commented: “Securitas strives to improve the perception of security officers and the industry as a whole, and our commitment to the real Living Wage reflects this. The introduction of the Securitas Minimum Wage, at £8.03, is part of our journey towards the real Living Wage.”

Kelly added: “We are working closely with existing and prospective clients to offer the option of paying the real Living Wage. It’s important that clients see the benefits of our work with the Living Wage Foundation. We believe that all officers should earn a wage that meets the cost of living. With the support of the GMB, we’re working hard to make this a reality.”

Roger Jenkins, national officer at the GMB, informed Risk Xtra: “For far too long, GMB members working in the security sector and responsible for protecting the public and their property have been undervalued. We applaud Securitas in being the first major security employer to give their employees the recognition they deserve and for working towards the real Living Wage. The pay increase in April, raising all employees’ pay to at least 20 pence above the Government’s Minimum Wage, is a major step forward towards this goal.”

Jenkins concluded: “This is a wake-up call to the rest of the security industry and Securitas, working with the GMB, is leading the way.”

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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