Maritime Security Jobs for Ex-Military UK

Are you looking for maritime security jobs for ex-military UK? We’ll explain how your unique skillset could make you the perfect candidate for the job.

Maritime security (MARSEC) has become a high priority for the UK government in 2022. In fact, it has recently introduced a new five-year maritime security strategy. This strategy will mainly focus on cybersecurity, improved seabed mapping, and providing the support needed to tackle new and emerging threats.

So, if you’re looking for ex-military jobs in maritime security in the UK, there’s no time like the present.


Skills Needed for Maritime Security

As ex-military personnel, you will already possess the majority, if not all, of the skills required to work in maritime security. These skills include:

  • physical fitness
  • teamwork – the majority of maritime security operations involve working in a team
  • an understanding of security risks
  • discipline
  • leadership
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • surveillance skills

Serving in the armed forces has provided you with these transferable skills which are necessary for a wide range of jobs. It’s important to know how to emphasise these transferable skills on job applications, CVs and during interviews.


Qualifications Needed for Maritime Security

The majority of private employers require candidates to hold a Maritime Security Operative (MSO) qualification. The courses are typically between 5 and 10 days long and involve theoretical and practical exercises.

A number of organisations in the UK run these training programmes including SVS Risk and UCP Group. Discounts are offered for ex-military who can provide a service number. Many private employers will also run these training courses internally, so be sure to speak to prospective employers about this beforehand.

On completion of the training programme, you’ll receive your Maritime Security Operative Course Certificate which will allow you to apply for jobs in the sector.


Maritime Security Operatives Earning Potential

According to, maritime security operatives earn an average of £47,500 per year. Needless to say, the job comes with inherent risks to your safety. It would also involve long periods of travel away from home in dangerous conditions at sea.

Although you’ll already have experience working in dangerous environments, all of these factors should still be taken into account when applying for jobs as a maritime security operative.


Finding Jobs in Maritime Security for Ex-Military in the UK

Your time in the military has set you up perfectly for a job in maritime security. Once you’ve got your maritime security operative course certificate, you’re ready to begin your job search. Be sure to check out Refreshing a Career’s ex-military jobs board for all the latest maritime security jobs in your area.

We’ve got tons of support and resources for ex-military looking for a career change, such as information on funding, mental health support, job application tips and much, much more.

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