Mobile Security Supervisor

As a Mobile Security Supervisor, you will be assigned to a specific location to ensure the safety and security of that place. A large part of your role also involves training junior security officers. As a supervisor, you may also be responsible for the team’s development ensuring that they are up to date on the latest training techniques. The responsibility of ensuring that a team is a well-oiled machine, ready to respond and make sure that their assignment is secure will fall on your shoulders. However, you will not be expected to be solely responsible for the members’ growth and development as in most instances you will work as part of a larger team of Mobile Security Supervisors.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


Door Supervisor Licence or Security Guard Licence

Total cost

Between £350 and £440 including your licence fee

How to become a Mobile Security Supervisor

While experience in security is highly regarded in this role you must also complete the required licenses to be able to get the job. 

Two licenses are required for this position. They are the SIA Door Supervisor License or Security Guard License. Both of these licenses will equip you with the skills that you need to properly carry out the duties of a Mobile Security Officer. They will help you learn how to manage your staff and teach you the latest techniques in security management.



Course cost

The general security guard course is a four-day course and costs £179.99. 

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. 


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 visa)
  • A criminal background check
  • A mental health check
  • Have passed you 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 Mobile Security Supervisor

Start a successful career as a Mobile Security Supervisor by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course or Security Guard

This is the first step to become a Mobile Security Supervisor

Pass the course

Can 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 Mobile Security Supervisor jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

Mobile Security Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the training, growth and development of the team that you have been assigned to
  • Implement training schedules and deal with conflicts as they arise between members of the team
  • As a team leader, you will sort out any problems that may arise on the job and answer for officers who may not follow directives as given by the client
  • Handle logistics such as shift replacements when team members or have emergencies


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

  • Implement the systems that aid and the development of all personnel
  • Conduct on-site investigations  
  • Provide detailed information and reports
  • Complete security survey and risk assessments
  • Investigate matters of concern as they pertain to your team members  


Mobile Security Supervisors are also responsible for:  

  • Develop the right relationships with all security department personnel
  • Communicating with management as the need arises in the event there is an incident
  • Being able to respond to medical emergencies if required
  • Making sure equipment needed for securing the compound remains up-to-date
  • Help with surveillance techniques


Working conditions:

Even though you will more than likely be assigned to one location to oversee a team you can still expect long hours. That’s because wherever you are stationed you will have to always ensure that the proper protocol is being followed. This could mean periodic patrols to ensure that officers are alert at their various posts.

You can expect to write various reports on activities that your team undertakes while on the job. At times you may also have to figure out how to get a shift running smoothly when someone does not show up for duty because they are sick or had an emergency. You may also need to fill in for a team member from time to time. You should try to always remain alert and up-to-date with how your team is functioning. You’ll also be expected to thoroughly investigate any complaints that come from management, your client or other members of your team.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Mobile Security Officer needs to be:

  • Dedicated to observing the behavior of individuals
  • Detail-oriented
  • Physically fit  
  • Quick problem solver
  • Able to quickly communicate with the rest of the team and coordinate logistics to ensure the smooth operations of the security team
  • Able to detect suspicious movements and behavior
  • Familiar with security systems like CCTV and alarms
  • Knowledgeable of licensing laws and health and safety regulations
  • Able to write basic reports and detail events accurately


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:

  • Increased earnings as you learn more about the security industry
  • Developing real investigative skills
  • Learning more about alarm systems
  • Learning how to respond to emergencies
  • Developing teamwork skills
  • Learning how to become an effective leader


Life skills they would acquire

Being in a supervisory role will definitely give you the skills you need to become a leader in your field. You will also learn how to deal with individuals while maintaining a team spirit. This can help you deal with problematic situations that may arise in your career or your life later on. 

In addition to this, you will have to remain up-to-date with all the latest training techniques in the field which will help you shine out in the industry.

There are many additional benefits to becoming a Mobile Security Supervisor. Some of them include:

  • Managerial skills
  • Confidence
  • Learning how to motivate staff
  • Learning conflict management skills

How much does a Mobile Security Supervisor actually earn

Wage rate and hours

A lot of security companies that hire for this role usually work four days on, four days off shifts. This helps to ensure that the supervisor is not too tired to carry out his/her duties and can ensure that the staff he/she is assigned to will complete their duties as required. 

Since you should have some security experience before you are given these responsibilities you may find, in some cases that you will be paid more for this role.


How much does a Mobile Security Officer earn?

When starting in this position you may earn around £10 at some companies but more often than not you can expect to start with around £12 an hour. That’s because you will be expected to have a certain level of expertise. Since your work will also be demanding some companies compensate for this. Those who stick with it and gain even more experience can hope to earn up to £17 an hour. The range depends on your expertise in the field.


 The table below shows how much you could earn:



Typical weekly (40 hours) 

Typical annually (40 hours per week) 


£10 to £14

£400 to £560

£20,800 - £29,120


£14 to £18 

£600 to £720

£29,120 - £37,440




£40, 000+


Since this job requires some experience the pay ranges can vary greatly. For most of you who are just getting started, they can hope to earn about £10.00 an hour which could bring in an annual salary of about £20,800. With more experience, a company might be willing to increase the wage. Most mid-level Mobile Security Officers get up to about £38,000 a year. The amount you end up earning largely depends on your experience in the field.  With a dedication to the role and ensuring that your team always shines, you can increase your earnings as time passes.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Team Leader
  • Multitasker
  • Attention to Detail
  • Trustworthy
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategical Thinking

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