Should you out-source your security or hire in-house?

Making a decision about the security of your company is a difficult one. It should never be rushed, with all aspects carefully considered. Your location, individual needs and budget will all play a factor, and one question we get asked time and time again is should you hire in-house or contract a security provider instead? Whilst in many industries, it makes sense to hire in house, for security, the opposite applies, and here’s why.

1. Cost-effective security

Highly trained, experienced security guards are expensive when it comes to in-house hire. All security personnel require a valid and up to date SIA license, and with these costing over £200, recruiting a whole team of individuals quickly becomes an expensive task. For round the clock security, you will require a team to cover night shifts, weekend shifts as well as daytime working, all adding additional expense. With a contracted security provider like Carter Solutions and Services Limited, you’ll have a clear contract in place, with no additional fees to maintain the quality of the guards at your service.

2. Quality security guards

Recruiting in-house could easily mean you compromise on quality. With every new hire, it’s a gamble. Are they capable of working alongside other individuals, are they as confident and as experienced as they claim to be? As long as you do your research properly when it comes to hiring a security provider specifically, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they have an impeccable reputation with long-standing clients and excellent testimonials that proves the quality of their work. At the end of the day, we specialise in security, it’s our pride and our passion. Let us worry about providing quality service and keeping your business safe, whilst you remain focussed on your area of expertise!

3. Flexible security solutions

Flexibility is one of the key selling points of choosing an external security provider. With in-house hiring, you need to consider covering annual leave requests or sickness. If you choose a company like us, this is no longer your concern, but ours. You can be safe in the knowledge that your security team will be there and ready for every single shift.

4. Access to more security services

This final point links heavily with the first – cost. An external security provider will no doubt be able to offer you a contract that includes a number of different security services, such as manned guarding, mobile patrols, CCTV monitoring and alarm response. If you were to try and manage this in-house, you’re suddenly faced with the logistics of trying to organise all of these services yourself and fund the costs that go behind the training of such services. A security contract is well equipped to provide these services as a package, meaning you get more experience, better quality and more variety, for a fraction of the cost of what you could achieve yourself.

For more information on how we can work with you to provide a quality security service at your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. No matter where you are in the country, we’ll be able to assist, as we offer a national security service with a local touch.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to further your career within the security industry, please check the careers section on our website or email us an up to date copy of your C.V. We never subcontract our staff, we invest in their training and we work hard to support our staff. We look forward to meeting you.


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