SIA publishes sector profile on recruitment and retention in the security guarding sector
The Security Industry Authority has published a 'snapshot' profile of the security guarding sector. It draws on findings from recent surveys and past research conducted by the SIA. It also uses data from the SIA's licensing system.
Responses to surveys undertaken by the SIA suggest that some companies within the sector have found it difficult to recruit and retain security guards. Business demand is increasing post-pandemic but pay is not rising at a rate that helps to attract and retain staff.
Responses also suggest that some of the barriers to recruitment and retention are:
work patterns (unsociable hours)
lack of flexibility, which is a barrier to attracting those with caring responsibilities (particularly women) to the industry
overcapacity and saturation of employment within local areas means fewer people are applying for jobs
high levels of verbal and physical violence in the workplace
lack of career pathways and progression opportunities
The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.