I’ve been specialising in recruitment for the Fire & Security sectors for the last few years and it is no understatement that Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on the sector in the UK. As lockdown measures begin to be relaxed in line with the Government’s plan, I wanted to take a look at what this means for skills in the sector moving forward.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?
In my conversations with sector leaders and clients during the pandemic, security services have seen an unprecedented spike in demand, with both guards and technology playing a significant part in ensuring safe occupancy of businesses, screening, and protecting empty premises.
In a recent insights report on the future of work post Covid by McKinsey, a survey of 278 executives in 2020 found that on average, they planned to reduce office space by 30 percent. This would suggest that digital technology will increasingly come to the fore in security, with many businesses switching their focus from physical security to cyber protection.
This is happening in tandem with a relaxation in lockdown which will see people returning to large events where Covid security is set to be a critical consideration for the foreseeable future. The logistical challenges that Covid presents has led to a rise in demand for skilled security professionals with expertise in crowd circulation flow, direction of travel and revised Fire Evacuation Plan drills and exercises in line with best practice regarding Covid-19 measures ahead.
If anything, the demand for security skills is growing, particularly for those with complex and varied experience that can be applied to the challenges of safe movement post-pandemic.
WHICH SKILLS ARE IN DEMAND?
Big Data – with increasing remote inputs and monitoring, data collection, data security, data analysis and data-led decision making is on the rise and competition for skills in this area is fierce with many industries outside of fire & security looking for similar people.
Automation – with some level of physical restrictions set to be the new norm, automation is essential to making new work processes and procedures as effective and efficient as possible.
Access Control – camera systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated to help with access control and security. Artificial intelligence, software and modelling skills are in increasing demand.
Field Service & Installation – with systems requiring updates to technology and more remote and diverse workplaces, skilled technicians are in demand to ensure these networks are operating optimally.
I’m always keen to engage with both companies who may need my support when looking to bolster their fire & security teams but also with talented and experienced individuals from the sector who would like to develop their careers.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a discussion.