Show as: Mobile

Border Force officer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Border Force officers protect UK border entry points like ports and airports, by enforcing immigration and customs regulations.

  • Examine immigration applications, visas, and passports and interview persons to determine eligibility for admission, residence, and travel in the U.S.  
  • Detain persons found to be in violation of customs or immigration laws and arrange for legal action, such as deportation.  
  • Inspect cargo, baggage, and personal articles entering or leaving U.S. for
Read more about Border Force officer

Border Force officers typically work around 38 to 42 hours per week.

As a Border Force officer you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
  • Read more about Border Force officer
    * from ONETonline

    Border Force officer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

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

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 39% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 27% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 14% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You could apply directly to become a Border Force officer. To enter at officer level, you may need at least 2 A levels at grade E or above, or equivalent qualifications.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Border Force officer

    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 Border Force officer.
    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
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Border Force officer. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Automated Manifest System AMS; Law enforcement information databases; National Crime Information Center NCIC database; Treasury Enforcement Communications System TECS
    Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Office suite software Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today

    Public Safety & Security

    Things to highlight for your Border Force officer interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    Not sure if you are in the right job?

    Take our career change quiz