Prison service officer (below principal officer)

Prison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.

Tasks

  • Reports on prisoners.
  • Trains and supervises prison staff.
  • Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm.
  • Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.
  • Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.
  • Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.
  • Guards entrances and perimeter walls.
  • Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.
  • Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 15% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£22,172

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for prison service officer (below principal officer) is £22,172

354 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 354. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for prison service officer (below principal officer) roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £22,172 per year. That is about £1,848 per month or £11.37 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,114, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,880

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 354 people are employed in the region.

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