Hot topic! -SIA Announcement


SIA are announcing key changes from the latest review of their flagship Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) for private security businesses. The new ACS standard will be mandatory from 1 April 2019 and all approved contractors have until this date to ensure they are ready to be assessed against the indicators in the new self-assessment workbook (SAW) the changes include;

  • An update to the standard to place more of an emphasis on service delivery and less of an emphasis on processes.
  • A revised Self-Assessment Workbook (SAW)
  • A revised eligibility and “fit and proper” criteria to ensure only sound, sustainable and credible companies are able to join the scheme.
  • A firmer approach with PAYE. Approved contractors must give justification and evidence as to why their staff are not PAYE.


UniTrust attract and retain the highest calibre employees and this is essential to us as a client working in a sensitive and highly regulated industry. UniTrust have a wealth of experience in our industry and have built and earned a first class reputation for their quality and integrity.

John Johnson – International Pharmaceutical Company