Prison service officer (below principal officer)
- 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
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for prison service officer (below principal officer) is £22,172
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 384. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
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 £16,723, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,306
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, 384 people are employed in the region.