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Employment in the Lean YearsPolicy and Prospects for the Next Decade$
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David Marsden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605439.001.0001

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Occupational Licensing in the United Kingdom

Occupational Licensing in the United Kingdom

The Case of the Private Security Industry

(p.102) 8 Occupational Licensing in the United Kingdom
Employment in the Lean Years

Sue Fernie

Oxford University Press

The British private security industry has posed major problems of quality assurance owing to the infiltration by criminal gangs into security provision. Many reputable firms felt that they were being undercut by disreputable ones, and that the poor reputation of the industry as a whole was depressing demand for its services. The Private Security Industry Act (2001) sought to address many of these issues. This chapter examines the impact of this Act on pay, levels of employment, and quality in the private security industry, with particular reference to two sectors: door supervisors and security guards. It recommends licensing the firms providing security instead of individual workers.

Keywords:   occupational licensing, occupational registration, private security industry, security guards, door supervisors, service quality, Private Security Industry Act, wages, employment levels

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