Security Manager

Becoming a Security Manager is rewarding for those who love this sector. As a Security Manager, you will have the responsibility to ensure that your team or the members of the team under your supervision are always at their best. This position will challenge your people management skills as you will have to learn human resource skills. In addition to this, it will also be your responsibility to ensure that the property or person you are providing security to is always protected by a team that is performing optimally. Knowledge and experience in the security field will be your greatest asset as you may also be asked at times to help with the implementation of new security techniques and protocols. You may also be asked to enforce these new methods to ensure that the staff under you is following the rules of a particular assignment. In some instances, you may be required to help with budget allocation when it comes to hiring new personnel and also when determining how much a client should be charged for a particular assignment. Your leadership qualities will be tested if you decide to pursue this role.

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 Security Manager

Having experience in the security industry will be a great asset if you are thinking about becoming a Security Manager. That being said, you will also need the correct license for the role.

 Two licenses are suggested for this position. They are the SIA Door Supervisor License or the Security Guard License. Both of these licenses will equip you with the skills that you need to properly carry out the duties of Security Manager. They will help you learn how to manage your staff and teach you the latest techniques in security management. You can choose one out of the licenses. Even though the better qualified you are the more you stand to make a better wage.


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. Some companies 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 Security Manager

Start a successful career as a Security Manager by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course or Security Guard

This is the first step to become a Security Manager

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 Security Manager jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

As a Security Manager, you will be expected to always be efficient when carrying out your duties. Depending on the responsibilities that you have been given you will be expected to guide team members as well. This can be challenging as you may be called upon to instruct officers that are more senior than you.


Security Manager Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with other managers when it comes to the smooth running of the team
  • Contribute to budget allocation and you also be asked to manage a budget for your department
  • Have in-depth knowledge of security strategies and be up-to-date with the latest innovation in alarm monitoring and control room operations
  • You may also be responsible for new recruitment drives and the training of new officers joining your company or team
  • You should also prepare to help with the development of work schedules and the designation of duties


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

  • Lead the team to deliver security services
  • Develop and monitor the Security Incident Register
  • Oversee operational management of security systems
  • Conduct investigations into any breach of security
  • Communicate clearly and positively with staff at all levels of the organization


Security Managers are also responsible for:  

  • Detailing the responses to emergencies and alarms
  • Writing incident reports
  • Ensuring that surveillance equipment is up-to-date
  • Making sure that company procedures are followed


Working Conditions

Security management can be a demanding role because of the many departments that you may be responsible for within your company. You can expect long hours with many of them on your feet as you will have to liaise with many different departments during a shift. In some companies, you will also have to conduct on-site inspections and check up on officers under your command in the field. 

In addition to your regular duties, you will also have to liaise with the management of the business that you have been assigned to. Your work is considered extremely important and even though it pays well you will have an enormous amount of responsibility.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Security Manager needs to be:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Physically fit
  • A quick problem solver
  • Able to communicate with the rest of the team and coordinate accordingly
  • Able to implement 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 jobs:

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


Life skills they would acquire:

The job will test your leadership skills which may help to serve you when you are off the job. Also, because the role includes constant learning of the security field you may be able to learn about various sectors that can bring you even more money as you navigate your way through the ranks.


 You can also expect to:

  • Learn about heading up a team
  • Learn about management skills
  • Learn about Conflict Management
  • Test your leadership abilities

How much does a Security Manager actually earn

Wage rate and hours

This job has a wide range when it comes to salary. That’s because you can start in a more junior position such as a Junior Security Manager. In this case, you may not have as many duties as your more senior counterparts. You may be assigned to one specific role within the security team as you learn more about security management. For those with experience, the job is financially rewarding and at the top end of the security range of salaries. You can expect to work between 28 to 40 hours a week. The role of the Security Manager is extremely important for the efficient running of the team and you can expect to work weekends and public holidays.


How much does a Venue Security Officers earn?

If you are starting in a more junior role you may be offered £15 an hour which is a bit more than the average security guard. Those with mid-level experience can get as much as £25 an hour. For those who are well experienced in the field and with a proven track record you can probably earn as much as £30 an hour.


 The table below shows how much you could earn: 



Typical weekly (40 hours) 

Typical annually (40 hours per week) 


£15 to £20

£600 to £800

£31,200 - £41,600


£20 to £25 

£800 to £1000

£41,600 - £52,000






Even though junior managers make less when starting off the job offers a constant learning curve. That will help you to get better with your management skills and can eventually lead to a very rewarding financial career. The job is demanding as you will always be held accountable for those under your responsibility. When starting most junior managers make at least £15.00 an hour so you can expect an annual salary of at least £31,200. For those who are more experienced or who work their way up through the ranks, you can get your hourly wage up to £25.00 an hour and an annual salary of about £52,000.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Leadership
  • Multitasker
  • Organisational skills
  • Trustworthy
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategic Thinking

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