Corporate Security Officer

A Corporate Security Officer has the responsibility of ensuring that specific commercial properties such as banks and other corporations and all those who use them are safe and secure. Your typical duties will require you to engage with the people that work at your corporation and make sure that visitors follow the right protocol to enter the building. This is an important role as you are essentially the first line of defense against those who may be trying to steal or cause harm to those who work at the corporation. It’s a job that demands that you are always alert and can detect suspicious behavior and activity quickly. It also calls for a constant level of professionalism and constant training to make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest requirements that your corporation chooses to enforce to ensure security.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


Door Supervisor Licence

Total cost

Between £350 and £440 including your licence fee

How to become a Corporate Security Officer

Becoming a Corporate Security Officer is a great way to open the door to the world of security. Before you can be considered for employment you will have to obtain the relevant license. The license required for this position is the SIA Door Supervisor License. This license will equip you with the skills that you need to properly carry out the duties of a Corporate Security Officer. They will help you learn about the essentials of security and how to efficiently carry out your role and maintain a level of professionalism at all times.

Course cost

The SIA door supervisor license is a six-day course that also features multiple-choice exams as well as practical assessments. The training for the license starts at £199.99. For only an extra £20 and two days, we think it’s best to cover your bases and be licensed for venues and positions which involve the sale of alcohol. This way you can be posted to a wider variety of assignments which could mean more cash for you.

There is also a license fee to pay after training of £190.00 and it is valid for three years.

You can apply and pay for your license, at a local post office or online. The total cost of the course and the license is £439.99. Some companies may also require that you have a CCTV License.


Legal Requirements

The SIA license requires you to: 

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have proof that you are allowed to work in the UK ( such as a visa) 
  • A criminal background check
  • A mental health check 
  • Have passed your SIA course

You can find out more about the mental health requirements as well as the criminal background check in other blogs on the site.

Become a Corporate Security Officer

Start a successful career as a Corporate Security Officer by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course

This is the first step to become a Corporate Security Officer

Pass the course

Consist of multiple choice exams and includes a physical assessment.

Apply for your SIA Licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Corporate Security Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

The most important aspect of your job will be providing protection for the financial institution or corporation that you are assigned to. As such you can expect to have varying roles depending on the type of organization that you are placed in.

Corporate Security Officer Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that visitors entering the building are properly searched to ensure they pose no threat to personnel at your assignment. 
  • Log the names of those entering the building and recording the time that they leave. 
  • Respond to alarms and ensure that you can assist with emergencies.


 As you will be dealing with many people in a corporate setting during the day you should be prepared to be professional and courteous but assertive when the need arises. You will also be a part of a team that should communicate well to ensure that all access points of the building that you are guarding are safe. Part of the job also includes patrols, especially when you are working at night and stopping any thefts from happening. It is a role that can vary quite a lot depending on where you are assigned.


Following training for this role, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Conduct regular area patrols
  • Complete security documentation
  • Supervise and control access to your assigned location
  • Communicate clearly with staff at all levels of organization


Corporate Security Officers are also responsible for:  

  • Monitoring alarms
  • Writing incident reports
  • Ensuring that surveillance equipment is up-to-date
  • Making sure that company procedures are followed


Working Conditions

This position, like many others in security, demands that you maintain your physical fitness. That’s because you will be expected to conduct many different tasks during a normal shift. You can expect to be kept quite busy. However, since you will be working with a team you will still get adequate rest as needed but you can expect long hours in one location.

Some companies will keep you at a location for long periods as some clients don’t like too many personnel changes. This is especially true at corporations. Your observation skills should be impeccable. The corporation that you are assigned to will depend on your team for safety so that they can conduct their business without fear.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Corporate Security Officer needs to be:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Physically fit
  • A quick problem solver
  • Able to quickly communicate with the rest of the team and coordinate accordingly
  • Able to implement and follow the correct security systems
  • Knowledgeable of licensing laws and health and safety regulations
  • Able to write incident reports


Education required:

There are no specific qualifications such as GCSEs required to take your SIA course. However, because all you need is your SIA qualification you will be competing with a lot of people from countries around the world who have the right to work in the UK. You should have at least a strong command of English as you will be required to listen and understand situations as well as write reports and communicate with your team.


Benefits of the job:

There are many benefits to becoming an Area Relief Security Officer. Some of them include:

  • Increased earnings as you learn more about the security industry
  • Developing real investigative skills
  • Learning more about the corporate world
  • Learning how to respond to emergencies


 Life skills they would acquire

Since you will be expected to be physically fit, maintaining your health both on and off the job can become an advantage to your overall well-being. You will also learn how to work as a member of a team. Sometimes you may be positioned at one site for long periods so you may develop new skills that apply to your level of concentration and focus.


You can also expect to:

  • Develop observational skills
  • Learn about property management skills
  • Learn how to be more patient

How much does a Corporate Security Officer actually earn

Wage rate and hours

If you’re starting as a Corporate Security Officer you can expect to make around the same as other security professionals in the field make. It’s a job that rewards experience and most times if you are assigned to one corporation over a long period of time it’s not uncommon that your wages will increase as they become more confident in your skills. Most new officers can hope to make around £9.50 an hour. This is also an aspect of security where you can also expect to work weekends and public holidays as in many cases the corporation that you are assigned to protect will need that protection around the clock. Typically you can expect to work between 28 to 40 hours a week. 


How much does a Corporate Security Officer earn?

When just starting it’s perfectly normal if you aren’t paid as much as those more senior in the position. That being said there are many opportunities for growth and if you stay dedicated to the role you could soon start making more. As you gain the necessary experience on the job you could see that increase to about £13.00 an hour.

The table below shows how much you could earn: 



Typical weekly (40 hours) 

Typical annually (40 hours per week) 


£9.50 to £11

 £380 to £440

£19, 760- £22, 880


£11 to £13 

£440 to £520

£22, 880 - £27, 040




£27, 000+


 While the salary for this position may not seem great it can allow you the opportunity to learn a different aspect of security. There is also a great chance that if you stick with it opportunities to move up the ranks will present themselves. You may also be able to acquire new skills when it comes to dealing with people in the corporate world. It’s also a great place to start your journey in the security industry. It can help you with the skills to become a good security officer. When starting you can expect to make about £9.50 an hour so you can expect an annual salary of at least £19,760. If you stick with it and keep taking advantage of the opportunity to learn it’s very possible to advance quickly. This could help you get to the point where you receive about £13.00 an hour and an annual salary of about £27,000.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Friendly and Approachable
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Strategic Thinking

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