The Security Industry Authority has issued some statistics on its licensing operations, intelligence gathering, enforcement actions and for the Approved Contractor Scheme.
As of 21 January 2014 there are 382,777 active Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences held by 339,940 individuals.
The breakdown of the licence holders in the licensable sectors is as follows:
• Door Supervision: 221,926 (58%)
• Security Guarding: 93,664 (24%)
• Public Space Surveillance CCTV: 43,149 (11%)
• Close Protection: 13,412 (4%)
• Cash and Valuables in Transit: 9,873 (3%)
• Key Holding: 259 (0.07%)
• Vehicle Immobilisation: 94 (0.02%)
Since the first SIA licence was issued in April 2004, the Regulator has issued over 1,000,000 licences.
Year-on-year, the number of licences issued has increased. In 2012, there was an exceptional demand as 163,000 licences were issued. This spike was most likely a result of security relating to the Olympic Games.
Licence processing times
As a result of improved licensing systems, the SIA is able to process licence applications well above its target. In 2013, 87% of all licence applications were processed within 25 working days against a target of 85%.
Processing times have exceeded this target for the past four years.
Licence regions and demographic
The regions where the most SIA licences are issued are as follows1:
• London: 27%
• North West: 13%
• South East: 11%
• North East: 11%
Male licensees make up 92% of the holders2, and the majority of licensees are aged between 26 and 453. UK nationals make up (77%) of licence holders4.
Information is important for the SIA to be successful in maintaining compliance with the law.
Between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013 the SIA received 10,578 intelligence logs.
The most common source of intelligence received was via the SIA website (38%), with other common sources being intelligence received from our enforcement partners (15%) and Crimestoppers (14%).
These statistics exemplify the close working relationship the SIA has developed with the public, the industry, charities and other Government enforcement agencies.
Since March 2013 there have been 17 successful SIA prosecutions against companies and individuals. The Regulator has issued 337 written warnings and 59 improvement notices to security companies.
Between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2013, 22,722 licence applications were refused and 33,945 licences revoked.
Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS)
The SIA currently lists 770 approved contractors that deploy 133,000 operatives (in turn accounting for approximately 66% of the licensable operatives within the private security sector).
The first ACS Forums were held back in November 2006. Since then, the SIA has run over 100 regional events across the UK.
At the last round of ACS Forums in November 2013, the SIA took 350 delegate bookings and had 161 Approved Contractors represented.
Since March 2013, the Regulator’s digital community has grown by over 18%. The SIA welcomes 6,070 followers on Facebook and 4,164 on Twitter.
he Since March, the Facebook page has been ‘reached’ over 205,000 times.
Tmonthly SIA Update news e-mails are received by over 16,000 subscribers and the ACS Update by 1,500 ACS contacts.
1Based on licence applicant’s postcode aggregated into geographic regions, and based on data from 1 April 2004 to 20 November 2013
2Based on data from 1 April 2004 to 20 November 2013
3Based on data from 1 April 2004 to 20 November 2013
4Based on nationality as stated on licence application form then aggregated into UK and non-UK groupings, and based on data from 1 April 2004 to 20 November 2013