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Bailiff Average UK Salary & Prospects

Bailiffs visit properties to collect debts, serve court documents or give notices or summons.

  • Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.  
  • Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.  
  • Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court
Read more about Bailiff

Bailiffs typically work around 35 to 40 hours per week.

As a Bailiff you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
  • Read more about Bailiff
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    38,105 GBP *
    per year
    18,000 GBP
    40,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Bailiff

    Men make 21% more than Women
    31% of Bailiffs are men
    Big gender gap
    • 44,166 GBP
    • 34,985 GBP
    Average salary for full-time Bailiff

    • 38,105 GBP
    • 34,985 GBP
    • 44,166 GBP
    Pay over time for Bailiff

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 35,205 GBP
    • 31,629 GBP
    • 30,818 GBP
    • 32,994 GBP
    • 36,385 GBP
    • 38,105 GBP

    Future outlook for Bailiffs

    Balanced outlook
    64 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Bailiff - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Bailiff and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 53% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 32% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 13% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

    Your employer will give you the training you need to get a Bailiff General Certificate. You'll need this before you can carry out any bailiff duties by yourself.

    You'll need to:

    • prove to a county court judge that you’re a ‘fit and proper person', with no criminal or debt record
    • have knowledge of bailiff law
    • put a £10,000 bond in place with the court - you can take out an insurance policy to cover this
    • provide 2 references

    You'll find it useful to have:

    • work experience in sales, the military, the prison service (HMPPS), housing or the police
    • experience in dealing with the public in difficult situations

    To work as a court-appointed bailiff or high court enforcement officer you may also need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Bailiff

    Public Safety & Security

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Bailiff.
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Bailiff. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Case management system software; Microsoft Access
    Document management software Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
    Electronic mail software Email software; IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Word processing software Corel WordPerfect; Microsoft Word
    Improve your skills today

    Public Safety & Security

    Things to highlight for your Bailiff interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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