It used to be only the fabulously wealthy or instantly recognisable celebrities that would employ the services of a bodyguard. A new type of profession has been emerging for the wealthy families of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The governor (or the increasingly more common governess). Families who have two very busy working parents with large salaries have always needed to employ a caregiver. These roles have historically entailed picking kids up from school, taking them to sports and other activities, helping them with homework and essentially assisting with domestic administration wherever it makes sense for the families own unique requirements. Read more
Sydney has seen a bit of a resurgence in the security industry, especially in the areas to providing protection services to C level executives and other elite white collar professionals who do not take their personal safety and the safety of their families for granted. The nature of work for the bodyguard is changing in Sydney and anyone considering working in this industry should be aware of the following trends.
Work for a reputable agency.
Unless you are good at marketing yourself and can handle sporadic workloads (many of them part-time) you will work much more regularly if you employed by an agency who can manage these kinds of operations. It is common for the new starter to have more irregular work than his/her more established colleagues. This will change as you prove yourself to be reliable, professional and as someone that the agency can entrust with more important assignments. There are many bodyguards trying to work solo and find that they are unable to satisfy customer needs because they are unable to provide continuous service due to being double-booked. Once you become the bodyguard that customers ask for specifically, any decent agency will recognise the value you provide the company and will look after you accordingly. Most of them know, not doing this is how their competitors start their own businesses.
We are all acutely aware of the increasing terror threats brought on by radical or criminal elements during the past few years. It is one thing being aware of the real threats but quite another to know how to combat these threats.
Threats come in many forms both personal and corporate. Is it possible for the man in the street to be able to firstly identify an impending threat and, once having done that, neutralise that same threat? Read more
A specialist working as a close personal protection officer (or bodyguard) is likely to have undergone several tiers of training to be working at the highest levels of their profession. The top earning bodyguards can earn as much as $600,00 dollars per year, but this would not be a typical wage in the industry. The determining factors that would go into the calculating the salary would be very much based on the skills and experience of the bodyguard combined with the profile and wealth of the VIP they were hired to protect. Generally, the higher the profile, the higher the risk and hence the demand for the best in the industry increases. Read more
It is now a well-known that small business retailers lose millions of dollars to shoplifters every second of every single day.
“A typical business can lose up to 5% of its revenue to burglary, fraud or theft.”
“Businesses are four times as likely to be burglarised as homes.”
“64% of all small businesses experience employee theft.” Read more