A significant report detailing the results of a survey concerning an industry-wide reduction in the numbers of security and stewarding personnel has been published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association.
The finalised report delivered by the University of Derby has been agreed with the Football Safety Officers Association and the Security Industry Authority. Supporting data was provided by the SIA regarding the number of licence renewals, which have seen a reduction of nearly 40% since 2013, but the aim of the survey was to gather more detailed factual evidence to explain this trend.
Both buyers and suppliers in the security industry were invited to take part in the inaugural survey, to share their views and provide the necessary data to benchmark the current state of the industry. The survey attracted a phenomenal response from industry experts, and the findings will be used to catalyse discussions to identify ways in which action can be taken.
As a result of the report’s key findings, some suggested actions include:
UKCMA members agreed that in many cases, especially over the busy summer period, security providers have been working at maximum capacity and more resources will be required to meet future demand. This presents an opportunity for more licence holders to enter the industry, particularly if Government funding can be secured to assist with this.
Mark Harding, Chairperson of the UKCMA and Managing Director of Showsec, commented: “It’s really encouraging that the industry has recognised there is a problem, as this acquisition of evidence is all in the interest of public safety. The next stage is to engage stakeholders to find solutions.
“The Government needs to collaborate with industry authorities on an action plan to address the deficiencies in skills and numbers of security personnel. The private industry must have the capability and capacity to meet not only ongoing business, but any upsurge in demand caused by one-off incidents.”