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Security guards have the job of keeping people and places safe.

They can work in all sorts of locations, including:

  • Corporate buildings
  • Hotels
  • Events
  • Shops
  • Airports

Other name for security guards are:

  • Security officers

This type of job might involve:

  • Watching CCTV
  • Protecting against theft
  • Managing crowd control
  • Signing visitors and workers in and out of a building
  • Monitoring entrances and exits
  • Patrolling the building
  • Responding to security alarms
  • Searching luggage and bags
  • Using scanning equipment

You may need to work night shifts, over weekends and on bank holidays.

If you want to apply for a security guard job, you might need the following:

To find out more, read our guide to the best security companies to work for.

Where are the best security guards jobs?

  1. 1 Heathrow Airport
    8.6
  2. 2 Gatwick Airport
    8.5
  3. 3 Wilson James
    7.4
  4. 4 MAG Airport Group
    7.1
  5. 5 Mitie
    6.4
  6. 6 NHS
    6.3
  7. 7= OCS
    6.2
  8. 7= Interserve
    6.2
  9. 9= Total Security Services
    6.0
  10. 9= Asda
    6.0

Handy to know about security guards

How much do security guards earn per hour?

Β£8.72–12.13

From 204 security guards

What contracts are people on?

14% report having zero hours contracts
3% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
10% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
74% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 199 security guards

How often do people get paid?

4% of people report they get paid weekly
3% of people report they get paid every two weeks
13% of people report they get paid every four weeks
79% of people report they get paid monthly

Based on 243 security guards

How are people paid?

82%
by the hour
18%
an annual salary

Based on 248 security guards

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

22% report getting one week notice or less
9% report getting two weeks notice
7% report getting three weeks notice
47% report getting four weeks notice or more
15% report having a fixed rota

Based on 243 security guards

Who’s hiring security guards?

  1. G4S

    56 recent jobs

  2. 28 recent jobs

  3. 14 recent jobs

  4. 10 recent jobs

  5. OCS

    4 recent jobs

  6. 3 recent jobs

  7. 3 recent jobs

  8. NHS

    3 recent jobs

  9. 3 recent jobs

  10. 1 recent jobs