Static Security Officer

A Static Security Officer is usually responsible for one place at an assigned location. That could be an entry point of a building, or guarding valuable equipment like the machinery on a construction site. The role is very versatile, and officers can be at large events or provide crowd control at sports events. Your duties will also include ensuring that you prevent theft and making sure that wherever you have been assigned is secure.

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 Static Security Officer

Becoming a Static Security Officer is a great way to open the door to security work opportunities. Before you can be considered for any jobs like this though, you have to obtain the relevant license. The good news is, two licenses are suggested for this position. Those 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 carry out the duties of a Static Security Officer. They’ll help you learn about the essentials of security and how to best meet the needs of this role. Remember also that the better qualified you are, the more you stand to make a better wage over time.


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, covering more skills than a Security Guard License gives you. The training for that 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, which the Door Supervisor License covers. This means you can be posted to a wider variety of venues, which means more cash for you.

There is also an SIA license fee to pay after training. It’s £190.00, but your license is valid for three years. You can apply for and pay for your license, either 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
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Complete a mental health check 
  • Have passed your SIA course

Become a Static Security Officer

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

Book your Door Supervisor course or Security Guard Course

This is the first step to become a Static Security Officer

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 Static Security Officer jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

Static Security Officer Duties and Responsibilities:

A Static Security Officer job means different job specifications, depending on the assignment. The difference is that you’ll be assigned to one location, but in that one location, you will be very active. You’re expected to make frequent patrols to ensure the premises are safe. If you’re placed at the entry point of the building, you’re responsible for searching visitors, logging the names of whoever enters the building and recording the time that they leave. In some cases, you’ll be posted at a specific spot to assist with crowd control instead.

You’ll spend a lot of time on your feet, and it would be best to be physically fit for this role. Some companies require static officers to conduct vehicle searches and join dog patrols for the safety of a building.

You should also become familiar with control room duties, which is another aspect of being a Static Security Officer. In cases of emergencies, such as a breach of the premises, you and your team will be expected to respond effectively and efficiently. That means taking the right actions quickly and intelligently.

You’ll also be expected to conduct site checks and stop any thefts from happening. Altogether, this is a role that can vary a lot depending on where you’re 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 the organization


Static Security Managers 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

There are many duties expected of you during a shift, which keeps you very busy. Since you usually work with a team, you still get a good amount of rest between your shifts, but keep in mind you often work long hours in one location.

Some companies will keep you at a location for long periods, because some clients of theirs don’t like too many personnel changes. Seeing the same faces in charge of security often has a very reassuring effect on the public, which will give you plenty of pride on the job too.

This job also requires a lot of attention to detail. Your observation skills need to be high.


Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Static 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 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 required to take your SIA course. You should have a strong command of English, as you need to listen to and understand situations, as well as write reports and coordinate 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


The job can be very active at times and may challenge you to maintain your level of physical fitness. It gives a great opportunity to learn about the security industry and how to ensure success at a job site. 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 about being patient

How much does a Static Security Officer actually earn

Wage rate and hours

Static Security Officers make money based on their experience. For example, an officer just starting gets about £9.50 an hour. You can get more income if you keep learning about your security techniques.

You can expect to work weekends and public holidays, as usually whatever you’re assigned to protect will need security around the clock. Typically, you can expect to work between 28 to 40 hours a week. 


How much does a Static Security Officer earn?

As with many jobs in the security sector, when starting off you should expect to make less than those who are more experienced. However, there’s a lot of growth awaiting you as you learn more about security techniques and show dedication to the role. As you gain the necessary experience on the job, you could see the money you take home increase to £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 £10

 £380 to £400

£19, 760- £20,800


£10 to £15 

£400 to £600

£20,800 - £31,200






This work can help you develop the skills to become a great security officer. Remember that this is an industry with massive demand. If you stick with the work and keep learning, it’s very possible to advance quickly. This could help you get to the point where you make £10.00 an hour, and a full-time annual salary of over £20,000.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Detail Orientated
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategic Thinking

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