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How to get a job in retail security

How to get a job in retail security


Retail security is one of the most popular sectors in the security industry. Starting a career in retail can be easy if you know the basic requirements. Well, to help guide you through the process, we created this article to inform you of the process involved. 

Main requirements

First and foremost, you need to complete an SIA training course to get your licence. This is a legal requirement for working in security. To work in retail security, you need either a Security Guard or Door supervisor licence. We always recommend starting with a DS licence over SG as it does give you more career options. 


The responsibilities of a Retail Security Officer can vary slightly depending on your seniority and the company that you are working for. The primary responsibility of a Retail Security Officer is to prevent theft by identifying any shoplifting activity as well as offering good customer service. Retail Security Officers are expected to act as part of a team, so be prepared to help out your co-workers when necessary. In this role, you can expect an hourly rate of up to £15 an hour.


Licence Cost 

Both licences cost £190 and are valid for 3 years. 

Once you have received your licence, you can start applying for jobs in your local area. To do this, simply, download the Get Licensed app available on Apple App Store and Google Play store or use our online jobs board to find security jobs in your area.

We wish you all the best for your future career as a retail security officer

Latest security jobs 

If you have an SIA Door Supervisor licence, and you are looking for work, here are a few of the latest job opportunities available on the Get Licensed app that you can explore:

Job roleLocationPay per hourJob Details
Retail Security Officer Dalkeith £9.50RSO Dalkeith  
Retail Security Officer London£10.50RSO London 
SIA Door Supervisor Oxford£12SIA DS Oxford 
SIA Door Supervisor Thetford£15DS Thetford  
Festival SIA Door Supervisor London£15Festival DS  
Security Services Manager Dartford£20SSM Dartford 
Mobile Patrol Officer Edinburgh£23MPO Edinburgh  


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