A common question asked among those who are looking to work in the security is how much does a SIA security licence actually cost?
The cost of an SIA security licence is £220. This is valid for three years.
The cost includes the cost of processing your application and is not refundable.
After 3 years you will be expected to renew your SIA security licence. This can be done online by either the applicant or the employer.
Remember, it is a legal requirement that all security staff hold a valid SIA security licence.
It may seem a nuisance and financial inconvenience to have to renew your SIA security licence every 3 years, but in some situations the burden of paying for the renewal can be giving to your employers. However, employees are always recommended to speak with their employers regarding the payment of their SIA security licence.
There is also tax relief available for those who pay for the SIA security licence themselves.
If you pay your own SIA security licence fee you will be able to claim tax relief against your taxable income – for example, if you pay the basic rate of tax the relief is currently worth £44.
More information about tax reliefs can be found at the HM Revenue and Customs website.
More information about the 50% discount can be found at the Security Industry Authority website.
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.
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