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Traffic safety and control officers make important decisions on how best to design the layout and management of traffic, both for temporary setups and when designing for permanent traffic systems.


Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £32,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Traffic Safety and Control Officers make important decisions on how best to design the layout and management of traffic, both for temporary setups and when designing for permanent traffic systems.

what they do

The role of a Traffic Safety and Control Officer is to consider the safety requirements of both workers and road users, and then select a scheme that will result in more economical travel, and then reduced noise and air pollution. 

Typical tasks include:

It would be your responsibility to decide the layout and installation of temporary road markings, CCTV systems, temporary barriers, speed cameras and diversion routes. In this role there can sometimes be a wide range of challenges to overcome. This can vary from weather conditions to alleviating potential congestion during peak travel times. You'll often have responsibility for other team members and will be involved in team logistics.

In the role of Traffic Safety and Control Officer, you would be: 

  • Providing a highly visible presence at road traffic incidents
  • Predicting potential issues on a planned route
  • Managing handling of incidents, such as road traffic collisions, and arranging the swift removal of debris and other risks
  • Keeping traffic flow as smooth as possible without compromising safety
  • Creating accurate reports
  • Undertaking continuous improvement by monitoring user experience and making changes accordingly
  • Planning the safest, quickest and most efficient routes

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained traffic safety and control officer can earn in the region of £18,000£25,000.
  • Trained with experience traffic safety and control officer can earn in the region of £25,000£32,000.
  • Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
  • Typically, Traffic Safety and Control Officers work a 24/7 shift pattern, switching between night, early and late shifts, and rest days.
  • Work can be anywhere throughout the UK, or even internationally on a large project, meaning travel and overnight stays are common.

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime that you may do. Self-employed access floorers set their own pay rates.


 

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Qualifications & Training

 

There are no formal qualifications required for becoming a traffic safety and control officer; however, you may want to complete GCSEs in Maths and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

For a more senior role, training in first aid, traffic management or health and safety can be an advantage.

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Career trends and forecasts

1190 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 1190 Logistics people every year (which includes Traffic Safety & Control Officers) every year between 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in East England followed by North West, Greater London, Scotland and Yorkshire & Humber.

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