Jobs in the security industry in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland with a population of nearly 800,000 people. It has the strongest economy of any city in the UK outside London. In such a busy and thriving community, jobs in the security industry in Edinburgh are plentiful.

Working in a vibrant and ever-evolving sector, people can find jobs in the security industry in Edinburgh including, security officers, cctv operators and installers, door supervisors, alarm installers and private investigators.

The Security Industry Association is responsible for the compulsory licensing of individuals working in specific sectors of the private security industry.

The activities defined as licensable are, manned guarding, close protection, cctv, door supervision, security guarding, key holding, vehicle immobilisation and private investigation.

A security guard licence will cost 245 pounds and will last for three years. A criminal record check will be carried out on anyone who applies for a licence and you must undergo a structured training programme that results in a recognised qualification.

The role of a CCTV operator is mainly involved with monitoring and tracking the activities of suspicious looking individuals or situations in public places. However unless you are working 'in house' you will need to be granted a CCTV Operators Licence. This is a three day course and being over 18 with a good understanding of English are the only requirements.

If you are seeking work as a private investigator or security consultant it is essential that you are trained properly. This will result in a more competent and professional workforce. It also improves the public image of the security industry and makes it more attractive to potential employees.

With a recession looming we can expect an upturn in crime. There is going to be a greater demand for security which is going to create much more jobs in the security industry in Edinburgh.

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