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How has the security industry changed after Brexit?

How has the security industry changed after Brexit?


With what has seemed to take a lifetime to complete, the Brexit deal has finally been agreed. With this, we thought we’d take a look at what the impact of Britain leaving the EU has on the security industry and what could be in store for new and existing SIA licence holders. 

Looking Positively

Taking a very positive approach to the situation and trusting the statements from Boris Johnson, he believes that leaving the EU will bring a wave of investment to the UK, creating a mini boom in our economy. With this potential boom, this will hopefully lead to an increased demand for jobs and thus the increased need for security operatives to man the likes of offices, shops and when this pandemic is over bars and clubs. 

With the deal agreed, this could also lead to less labour coming in from EU countries and with a large portion of security guards and door supervisors with SIA licences belonging to EU nationals, this could lead to more opportunities for people looking to kick start their career within the security sector or for those who have found themselves struggling to work during these difficult times.  

On The Flip Side

Being sensible and looking at the potential consequences of brexit for the security industry is the potential for companies moving their headquarters outside of the UK. This would then lead to big losses in jobs across multiple sectors and could also see global security companies also pulling out the UK. 

However, this could see smaller security companies grow within the security sector which could slightly offset the potential negative impacts. 

How to work in the security sector

If you are interested in working in the security sector, whether it be as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard or CCTV Operative, you will need to obtain a SIA Licence.

To obtain a SIA Licence, you will need to complete the relevant course and apply for your SIA Licence allowing you to work in the security sector.

What documents you need to be able work in the security industry

When you are completing your course and applying for your SIA licence, there are a number of documents you must bring with you to be able to obtain your licence. 

For the full list of acceptable documents you must bring with you for your course, see here

For the full list of acceptable documents you must bring with you for when applying for your SIA licence, see here

Looking for a job after Brexit?

If you are looking for a new job or fancy a change in either sector or company, you can sign up to our Get Working platform here.  

Once you have signed up, you will get notified of any jobs that are of interest to you once the platform is up and running. With the benefits of being able to select the shifts which work best for you as well as same day payment, the Get Working platform will be the future of finding work in the security industry. 


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