CCTV Operators Jobs Overview
Sometimes employed by local authorities, and sometimes working for private institutions or sub-contracted security firms, those who carry out CCTV operator jobs can have a diverse range of tasks to fulfil each day, each of them with a variable degree of importance to personal or public safety. The role is part of the wider security sector, and it involves monitoring and, in some cases, maintaining security cameras, along with its corresponding display equipment. In numerous cases, the job requires shift work to be undertaken, as well as working many unsocial hours, including nights.
CCTV Operator Jobs Educational Requirements
There are many ways to go about securing a CCTV operator job. According to government data from the National Careers Service, there are often few or no formal qualifications that are required to do CCTV operator jobs, or other kinds of security jobs and surveillance work, for that matter. Nevertheless, it is often expected that applicants will have completed the relevant Security Industry Authority approved training, especially where interaction with the public will be part of the role. Being able to pass identity and criminal record checks is also likely to be a requirement of many employers.
CCTV Operator Jobs Employment Market
According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), there are in the region of 5 million security cameras now installed in the UK, in both private and public settings. Although not all of these are permanently monitored, those that are require CCTV operator jobs to be filled in ever increasing numbers. The prospects for growth in this field of security technology only appears likely to increase as more and more CCTV systems are installed. Most, but by no means all, of the job opportunities in CCTV operation are in urban centres.
CCTV Operator Jobs Salary Information
CCTV operator salaries tend to match those offered in security guard jobs, depending on the location and amount of unsocial hours that are expected. The National Careers Service states that between £12,000 and £15,000 a year can be expected for newcomers to a CCTV operator job. More experienced operators, with a high level of communication, technical and interpersonal skills, can demand salaries of anything up to £20,000 a year, depending on their track record.