Demand for security workers has soared by 400 per cent in the past three months, according to job vacancy data from worker tech firm Orka.
The figures come amid growing concerns about staff shortages across the UK, particularly in the hospitality and nightlife sectors, as they prepare to open back up fully on 19 July.
The job vacancy data was taken from Orka’s temporary work platform, Orka Works, used by 60,000 workers in the security and FM sector, and by some of the world’s biggest employers including G4S and ISS.
Orka’s data follows recent estimates from the Night Time Industries Association that 60 per cent of security roles for pubs, nightclubs and festivals risk being unfilled when these business finally reopen.
As well as highlighting potential staff shortages in the security sector, the data also indicates that large employers are increasingly opting to hire temporary workers over permanent staff, allowing for more flexibility in case of further restrictions or lockdowns.
Tom Pickersgill, co-founder and CEO of Orka, said: “In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of roles available on our platform for security workers. This is part of a wider trend of worker demand we’re seeing across the retail, hospitality and nightlife sectors.
“I don’t believe this demand, or the staff shortages will disappear any time soon. A combination of Brexit and the pandemic has made it very difficult for employers to find and keep hold of their workforce."
Andrew Hulbert, managing director of FM firm Pareto, told Facilitate: “During this period we’ve seen a huge uptake in requirement for security guards and engineers. Client demand has opened many new roles and opportunities.
“Fundamentally, this is because the workspace and facilities management sector is being relied upon by UK plc to run the physical properties whilst many people are based from home. This has seen the number of duties significantly increase for our operatives which now includes everything from additional flushing duties to comply with L8 ACOP [legionella guidance] through to managing workspace experience on a day-to-day basis for the staff which are in. For us, we see it as a great opportunity to add value to customers and enrich the working lives of our team members which will lead to greater opportunities."