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Close Protection Jobs Overview

Close protection jobs offer a rewarding opportunity for individuals with high fitness levels, ability to remain calm under pressure, capacity to make fast decisions and to work extremely efficiently as part of a team. The work is varied and can involve travel and long hours, making it ideal for those who are free to dedicate themselves to the job. The main aspects of the job involve protecting an individual from physical threat, nuisance and harassment, and also other risks such as potential for blackmail or embarrassment.

Close Protection Jobs Education Requirements

To work as a close protection operative in the UK, or for a British company overseas, an operative must be in possession of a licence from the Security Industry Authority. It is the worker's responsibility to obtain this licence and to keep it up to date - it is a criminal offence to operate without one. Licences are awarded according to various criteria with any past criminal records taken into account. Operatives will also be expected to take ongoing development training to ensure that skills and knowledge remain up to date.

Close Protection Jobs Market

Qualified and experienced Close Protection Operatives are in great demand both in the UK and abroad, as security for high profile or affluent figures is as important in these uncertain times as any. However, the British Bodyguard Association estimates that around 80% of close protection jobs are gained through experience and connections, especially by word of mouth. It is, therefore, important to a get a foot on the ladder with an entry level or trainee position to make a career as a protection operative, and any contacts and experience from SIA security jobs or the personnel security job field can be useful.

Close Protection Jobs Salary Information

Rates for CPO jobs will vary, from around £150 to £500 a day and upwards depending on experience, the client or company, and the level of risk involved.

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