Here are the top 3 news stories in manned security guarding in the UK in November 2023:

  1. A security guard was stabbed in the neck outside a nightclub in London on 12 November 2023. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating the incident.
  2. Manned security guarding firm wins contract to provide security for new London office block. A manned security guarding firm has won a contract to provide security for a new office block in London. The firm will be responsible for providing 24-hour security for the building, which is due to open in 2024.
  3. Security guards strike at Heathrow Airport over pay. Security guards at Heathrow Airport have gone on strike over pay. The strike is causing disruption to flights at the airport. The union representing the security guards has said that its members are striking because they are being paid “poverty wages.”

Here are three examples of how much is going on in the manned security industry today.

It can still be a  dangerous job and as the number of operational police diminishes in the UK, industry and the public sector are having to pick up the missing police presence.  There are currently over 380,000 licence holders in the UK with over 68,000 in active security guarding positions. These guards are more likely to sustain an injury during lone working shifts and owners of security businesses are looking at ways to protect these lone workers.

It is important when employing security guards at your premises, they have been through the rigorous checks needed and their licences have been checked.

Security guards have defined rules of engagement and under their SIA training are restricted to the activities they can carry out. Always make sure you are using a recruitment team that understands the role you are filling and what is expected of the guard so the right licences are in place.

Contact our security desk to find out we can help you fill those temporary and permanent vacancies.