Also known more formally as a "door supervisor," the bouncer works at a pub or night club to enforce entrance policies, remove drunk or badly behaving customers and respond quickly to requests from management. Bouncers should be physically fit to avoid injury when lifting heavy equipment or defending themselves against violent customers.
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One of the bouncer's main duties is stopping conflicts between customers inside and outside the establishment. From films and television, bouncers have the image of beating up unruly customers and tossing them physically from the club or pub. Since treating customers in this way could have legal implications in the real world, it is best for a bouncer to be a master negotiator to stop conflicts through discussion instead of through fighting. Bouncers are often hired by virtue of their physical size, with many pubs and clubs hiring those with athletic experience and security training.
A bouncer should first and foremost be trained in UK law, which will determine how and when the bouncer can use physical force to eject a customer or defend himself. An expert bouncer may also have psychological or speech related training that teaches them how to talk to angry or drunk customers. Lastly, to avoid physical injury and to prevent injuring customers, a bouncer should be trained in an effective method of subduing angry people.
Since most bouncer jobs are not full time, the wage for the job is low at around £7 to £13 per hour, according to the UK's National Careers Service. The employer usually provides a uniform and may offer perks, including discounted or free entry to the establishment. Head bouncers may earn more than the basic hourly rate as full-time employees with a salary, pension and health insurance benefits.
The prospects for bouncers are generally positive, because the employment of security guards (which includes bouncers) is expected to rise over the next few years. Those who have training are more likely to gain long-term employment in the industry. Those with criminal records or a history of violence are not as likely to receive employment in the industry.
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