Concerns raised 'national shortage' of door supervisors threatens reopening of night-time economy

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

UK Door Security Association (UKDSA) warns 'national shortage' of door security supervisors bouncers threatens reopening of night-time economy

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The UK Door Security Association (UKDSA) has raised concerns over the state of the industry and the current licensed resource security numbers available once businesses reopen over the coming months.

It is feared that six in every ten late door supervisor positions for night-time economy venues are at risk of not being filled upon reopening this year.

Although there have been over 14,000 applications and renewals being submitted each month to the Security Industry Authority (SIA), new door supervisor SIA Licence applications in the past 12 months are significantly down on previous years.

The UKDSA found many door supervisor licence renewals have actually been utilised in alternative roles. For example, where a guard is carrying out a static security guard job with a door supervisor licence. 

This is because many security professionals have had to seek other sources of employment during the pandemic and no longer wish to work short hours, with increased risk to health, at low rates of pay. 

The UKDSA warns that this leaves door security companies needing to fill significant staff shortages ahead of the reopening of night time events as planned under the Government’s roadmap.

It adds that the situation is set to become more acute with upcoming changes from regulators that would see the costs to become a licensed door supervisor increase due to extended training requirements.

The UKDSA is therefore calling on the SIA to act now and postpone its plans to introduce additional training and costs, which are due to come in to force in April 2021, and reduce the current costs of new door supervisor licences and renewals significantly, so that the sector will be able to meet the unprecedented demand surge expected for the relaxation of restrictions.

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “We rely heavily on licensed door supervisors to keep our staff and customers safe. With the additional responsibility of public health within these unprecedented times, it is even more important that we remove barriers to ensure that we are able to fulfil the resource requirement.

“Additional barriers will present further issues, limiting businesses from opening if they are reliant on this resource as part of their licensing conditions.

“This will need a Government intervention to ensure that the industry has the ability to provide enough staff. While the training is welcomed, it is not timely given the current economic situation across most of the sector, and consideration needs to be given to it being pushed back to 2022.”

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