G4S is a leading international security solutions group that offers various protection services (airport and seaport safety, bodyguards, bank security and high-risk infrastructure surveillance) across the world . They can be found in over 125 countries and have more than 635,000 employees keeping businesses secure and personnel safe. With their headquarters located in Crawley, United Kingdom, their reach spans across Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. They're one of the 100 most capitalized companies on the London Stock Exchange making them a leader in the support services sector, and are always acquiring other companies that can improve their operations (ArmorGroup, Touchcom and All Star International to name a few). Some of their major shareholders include Prudential Group of Co's, M&G Investment Funds 1, Harris Associates LP Blackrock and Legal & General Group.
G4S offers contract jobs in either Full-Time, Part-Time or Temporary work. You can find up-to-date job listings at the G4S website. You can share your employment experiences or ask questions at forums like CloseProtectionWorld.com which offers advice and services on CV preparation, interviews, recruitment links and a community of like-minded individuals. Building a network and being able to associate with other security professionals is a good way to stay in the loop of new and exciting things happening within the profession. Share bad experiences, offer helpful tips and find answers to questions that might not be available at the G4S website. Sometimes big corporations like G4S can be accused of ignoring the needs of their employees. For instance, they had run into some PR issues when union workers outside the UK began to protest for unfair treatment. Here's a case study:
Documented from the Joint Committee of Human Rights in the UK (first report of session 2009-10, p 126), they give examples of how Brittish companies are often accused in labor rights issues because of stringent rules that burden employees (no strikes, anti-union, etc). One of the examples describes how, in October 2007, African workers from the Moroccan G4S base brought concerns that the company wasn't being fair with overall working conditions and wages. In response, Group 4 Securicor (as it was known back then) fired twenty of the unhappy workers sparking anger amongst the rest. This lead to 500 employees engaging in a day long strike. Group 4 Securicor followed suit the next day and fired 200 employees and trade union workers reinforcing the wider belief that United Kingdom companies don't oblige to basic labor and human rights concerns in foreign countries. Group 4 Securicor eventually offered severance pay to the employees they let go, but the action put a damper on their image. Eventually, G4S began making progress in meeting basic labor rights to employees by starting an Ethical Employment Partnership with UNI - a global union that advocates for 20 million workers worldwide.
Positive Moves by G4S in Education
G4S is making positive moves in the security sector with education, though. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) has partnered with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA) which aims to assist campus public safety at post-secondary institutions globally. Also, G4S Technology has been securing the Institute of Education (IOE) for a number of years, improving the technology (like replacing stripe cards with contactless smartcards which can hold more information) that has been appreciated by the IOU. There are many available openings at G4S that can be found on their website. Generally with work outside the UK, they prefer people who live in those areas. If you're looking for a job within the security sector, be sure to check the website for more information.