2022 Trends for the Security Industry

As organisations plan, prioritise and roadmap the year ahead, security and risk experts should consider what 2022 might hold for the security industry.

1. Insourced and Blended Security Contracts
With the National Minimum Wage rising and expected rises in National Insurance, the security industry is going to experience a steep rise in labour costs. These increases will mean outsourced security contracts will need reviewing. Insourced or blended security solutions may become preferential.

2. Recruitment
A knock-on effect of COVID & Brexit has created an exceptionally competitive jobs market, particularly in security sector. The costs of new obligatory top-up training and license renewal fees are making many security officers reconsider their career. Security companies need to be pro-active and creative in how they attract candidates to avoid labour shortages.

3. Flexibility and Adaptability
One of the many impacts of the pandemic since March 2020, is a rising demand for flexibility and adaptability in security. From hybrid office spaces, to blended services, digitisation, and remote working, Security is rapidly changing to meet the needs and expectations of the end-users and clients. There is a growing trend towards varied use and accommodating the exact needs of the users with custom designs, not a one-size-fits-all.

4. Technology and Innovation in Contract Management
COVID-19 has shown us what is possible when the traditional contract management expectations are challenged. We’ve noticed clients are more embracing of technology to support account management, decision-making and contract service, instead of the traditional reliance on face-to-face site visits.

5. Cyber Security
With the rise in remote working and increased reliance on technology, cyber-crime has created extra challenges for businesses and the public. UK businesses have seen a 31% increase in cases, losing an estimated £6.2million to cyber scams. Whilst organisations are working to improve their protection with investment into cyber security strategies, it needs significant attention to keep up with the rapid evolution of more sophisticated cyberattacks and phishing scams.

6. Polarisation
2021 has seen big shake-ups in the security industry landscape, Mergers and acquisitions have been a regular event. This has left a huge divide in the rankings. Several giants have been created in the market, with independent and smaller providers competing for business.

7. Canine Services
Where recruitment of manpower is predicted to be difficult next year, canine security is primed and ready to fill the gaps in labour. Canine services are a resilient and versatile alternative to manned guarding and manned patrols. They deliver rapid initial screening and patrolling of a site and are more cost-effective and a powerful deterrent.

8. Environmental Commitment
Over 2021, many businesses showcased their new “Corporate Social Responsibility” strategy and commitment to caring for the environment, with it becoming an increasingly “on trend” aspect of business to be focusing on. The security industry is no exception and organistations are continuing to make efforts in achieving a more sustainable future.

9. Health and Wellbeing
The pandemic has brought employee wellbeing into the spotlight. From working conditions, work-life balance, taking sick days to prevent the spread of illness around an office, and illness mitigation measures, many businesses are continuing to implement the lessons they’ve learnt over the last 2 years. Prioritising health and wellbeing within a team is something we expect to see more of across the security industry.

To talk to one of our security professionals, or to learn more about our security services across private, corporate and maritime industry’s contact us at enquiries@priavosecurity.com.