The security sector forms a substantial portion of the workforce in the UK, and is rapidly expanding. Today, there are more than 4 million CCTV cameras installed throughout the UK, and security is a rising concern for government and private citizens alike. About half a million people are currently employed in the sector of private and personal security, which contributes about £6 billion to the UK economy each year.
Common positions listed by recruitment agencies involve corporate security, retail loss prevention, and private guarding, but positions are also available in a diversity of specialties ranging from video analysis to software development. It is common for security professionals to have a background in law enforcement or military, but by no means is it a requirement. Academic degrees and qualifications are seen as an advantage for many candidates, but relevant industry experience is typically far more important for employment prospects.
Salaries start at about £15K for entry-level jobs, and can exceed £53K in the highest paying positions. The overall average is about £28K throughout the UK, but about 20% of the workforce earns an annual income of £40K or higher. Salaries tend to be particularly high in the North East and in Northern Ireland.