As a Retail Security Detective, you operate in preventing theft. A Retail Security Officer can also be called a Retail Security Officer Loss Prevention Agent, who typically observes shoppers in an effort to identify any shoplifting activity.
You must have a valid SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence before you can work in the security industry as a Retail Security Officer.
There are two relevant licences you can choose from for this career.
Start a successful career as a Retail Security Officer by following these steps:
This is the first step to become a Retail Security Officer.
Both course consists of multiple choice exams and the Door Supervisor includes a physical assessment.
You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course
Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Retail Security Officer jobs in your area
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The responsibilities of a Retail Security Officer can vary slightly depending on your seniority and the company that you are working for.
However, some of the most common responsibilities include;
Retail Security Officers are expected to act as part of a team, so be prepared to help out your co-workers when necessary.
The average wage of a Retail Security Officer can vary depending on experience, seniority and the company that you are working for.
Just Starting Out
You will typically make anywhere between £7.00 to £9.00, depending on your previous experience and qualifications.
Once you have gained some experience working as a Retail Security Officer, you can usually make anywhere between £9.00 to £12.00. However, this often comes with more responsibility.
If you are working in a location where there is more than one Retail Security Officer and you are assigned to manage your Security Team, you can expect to earn £12.00 +
Behind the Licence
Carl Simpson was launched in to the national spotlight when he saved a child from choking whilst working as a Security Guard in Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland. Hear Carl Simpson's amazing story and how being first aid trained allowed him to have the confidence to act quickly in a terrifying situation.