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British Security Industry Association Data Shows Increased Demand for Security Officers 

British Security Industry Association Data Shows Increased Demand for Security Officers 
23 March 2023

Figures from The British Security Industry Association show that businesses have recruited an estimated 65,000 new security specialists over the last six months.

A survey of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members suggests security businesses have increased the size of their workforces by almost a fifth (16 per cent) since July 2022, as the industry gets to grips with new legislation and prepares for the return of major events and festivals in 2023.


"There’s a lot more to the job than wearing a hi-vis vest.”

–Mike Reddington

Chief Executive, BSIA


Mike Reddington, Chief Executive at the BSIA, said: “The recruitment of new security officers is essential for ensuring public safety – and it’s heartening to see security booming amid the economic uncertainty. More and more people are recognising the wide range of opportunities and career progression the sector offers for talent cut loose from elsewhere. 

“As an industry body we’re working hard to improve the perception of the security industry and attract young people and women by highlighting the incredible role security officers play in keeping people and property safe and protected. There’s a lot more to the job than wearing a hi-vis vest.”


Women and Young People Contributing to Industry’s Growth


Contrary to the traditional image of a security officer, data from the industry’s regulator, the Security Industry Authority (SIA), suggests that young people and women are two important groups contributing to the industry’s growth.

In the twelve months to March 2023, the biggest increase in the licensed security officer population was in the 18-25 age bracket with a 14 per cent increase. Over the same period there was a 6 per cent increase in licenced female security officers, double the 3 per cent increase in licenced male officers.


Protect Duty


The increasing demand for private security services follows the government's Protect Duty consultation, launched in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing in 2017, which creates a legal requirement for organisations to provide proportionate security measures. Also known as Martyn’s Law, it includes key requirements for public spaces such as engaging with counterterrorism advice and training and having a plan in place for the threat of terrorism.

Picture: a photograph of a person wearing a jacket with the word "Security" on the back. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 23 March 2023


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