Security in the corporate sector is mainly concerned with front of house security, access control, and the protection of physical buildings, particularly in the wake of the international terrorism step-up over the past 15 years.
Security personnel in the corporate sector can have jobs such as manning reception, customer service, and security guard positions. Further up the tree, career-wise, more specialist operations can be utilised, such as access control management, and life safety specialisms. Employers and recruitment agencies involved in this sub-sector tend to rely heavily on the previous employment experience of candidates and their references, as qualifications on paper do not always tell the whole story.
Training for security jobs in general might involve first aid, self defence, physical security and crisis management courses. These are often short courses; no more than a couple of days. To ensure that the courses are as efficacious as possible, staff should ensure they are accredited by well known organisations, e.g. the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or ARC. For planning and more managerial job roles, there are varying degrees and masters degrees in corporate security.
Salaries in the corporate security sub sector range from around £18,500 to £60,000 p.a. depending on levels of danger, seniority and responsibility.