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Issue 3: Fair charging
SMT and Infologue.com feel the SIA must look at ways to ensure that security officers who have paid for their licenses in good faith prior to 20 March 2006 are not disadvantaged in relation to those licensed on or after the deadline day. On Day One, the challenge for the SIA was how to licence approximately 120,000 officers before 20 March this year. In consultation with the industry, the Regulator then introduced a phased licensing programme over a period of 14 months. With massive support from the BSIA and its chief executive David Dickinson, the SIA managed to reach an agreement with most o...
Issue 2: Equal representation on the SIA Board
At present, the SIA’s Board does not include any representation from the security profession. If the Regulator intends to “do regulation with the industry, and not to it” – words that have been spoken many times by SIA employees, not least its chief executive John Saunders – surely it is only right and proper that the industry be represented in the decision-making process? SMT and Infologue.com believe that John Saunders is steadfast in the belief that total commitment is an essential part of the modern Regulator’s ‘toolkit’. That said, external influences – most notably the ...
Issue 1: Licensing of in-house officers
Post-20 March, it is illegal to work as a contracted security officer in England and Wales without an SIA licence (or an official Licence Dispensation Notice issued in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Approved Contractor Scheme). To obtain a licence, a security officer must – at the very least – take part in a four-day training course culminating in a formal, nationally-recognised qualification, be subjected to a criminal records check via the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and also take part in an identity check (designed to establish that they are who they say they are). As...
4 Issues 1 Voice
Security Management Today (SMT) and Infologue.com – the specialist web site dedicated to the security guarding sector – have joined forces in launching four editorial campaign strands for 2006. Brian Sims and Bobby Logue explain why the licensing of in-house operatives, equal representation (on the SIA Board), fair charging within the Approved Contractor Scheme and the cutting of regulatory red tape must be addressed. Illustrations by James Sanders Not for one moment has the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – or any other security sector professional body or practitioner, for that...
Make The Change
Skills for Security wholeheartedly endorses the views expressed in Stuart Lowden’s ‘Building the Future’ essay and Bill Muskin’s response. Together with the major industry associations we are constantly proclaiming the professionalism of our industry and its increasing contribution to the safety and security of the people and businesses of the UK. But in our heart of hearts we know that whilst that is true, there is very much more that the industry could and should be doing to raise its game. Stuart and Bill make some very pertinent points about working hours, working conditions and th...
Infologue Top 20 2009
Welcome to the Infologue.com Top 20 UK Security Guarding Companies Table providing estimated current annual turnover of each of the UK's twenty largest security guarding companies. The 2009 Provisional Table has been released to cover the acquisition activity up to 1 August 2009 but does not cover contract churn since December 2008. Infologue.com Top 20 UK Security Guarding Companies 2009 Provisional Table 2009 Company Name Estimated Annualised Turnover Estimated Market Share 1 G4S £380,000,000 17.27% 2 Mitie plc £263,000,000 11.95% 3 Reliance Security Serv...
2010 Jǿrgen Philip-Sǿrensen
Jǿrgen Philip-Sǿrensen CBE MA (JPS) is this year’s recipient of the Infologue.com ‘Building the Future’ Award. It was agreed with the majority of the previous recipients to posthumously make this award to JPS because, in reality, Jǿrgen Philip-Sǿrensen was the architect of the modern security industry. His contribution to the development of his own employees as well as that of industry standards entirely changed the landscape of the UK security sector for the better. The award was presented to two of his children Mark Sǿrensen and Louisa Mann at the BSIA Annual Lunch on 14 July 2010...
Axis Invests For The Future With Strategic Acquisition Of Temple Security
Axis Security, one of the UK’s fastest growing security service providers, has entered the Infologue.com Top 20 table of UK’s largest security companies with the acquisition of Temple Security.  Axis is now a national company with a regional infrastructure. The move follows demand from Axis Security’s London and City-based clients to deliver the same quality of service to their regional offices. The merger creates a £26 million business, and gives Axis the opportunity of having a national infrastructure comprising two state-of-the-art NACOSS-approved control centres in the north and s...
2009 Ian Nisbet
The Infologue.com Building the Future Award is awarded to the person or organisation who in the view of majority of previous winners of the Infologue.com Building the Future Award has created the most significant footprints towards a vibrant, professional and mutually profitable guarding industry during each year. This award is presented jointly by the Editors of Infologue.com and SMT and sponsored by Interconnective Limited. From 2004 the winner will write an essay on their take of our industry in transition. The essay provides an insight into the thinking of industry leaders. The 2008 winner...
Industry Analysis 2008
Estimated UK Security Guarding Industry Statistics - November 2008  Estimated UK  Licensable Population - Security Guarding: 150,000 Estimated UK Security Guarding Industry Annual Turnover: £2.2 billion Estimated UK Companies with turnover relating to Security Guarding: 1,650 Estimated UK Security Guarding Industry average annual labour turnover: 23%* Estimated Annual Turnover of Top 20 Companies: £1,92 billion Estimated Percentage of Market Share of Top 20 Companies: 87.27% Note: * estimated number of employees leaving the industry.  Security Industry Authority Licensing Statist...
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