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Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)

Prison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.


Median Salary

New workers start around £20,736. Normal pay is £29,414 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £36,412.

Daily Tasks

  • Reports on prisoners.
  • Trains and supervises prison staff.
  • Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm.
  • Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.
  • Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.
  • Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.
  • Guards entrances and perimeter walls.
  • Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.
  • Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Science