Career outlook for private investigator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would carry out secret enquiries for your clients to find out information and check facts.
Your clients might include very different types of people and companies. As well as individuals, you could investigate cases for law firms, councils and insurance companies. So your work could range from personal issues, such as divorce, to company issues, such as suspected theft.
You would have to do background research, which may involve asking questions and understanding complicated information.
- Watch people’s movements
- Investigate fraud
- Look for missing people or pets
- Hand legal documents to people
- Investigate commercial piracy (such as copying software illegally)
- Run background checks on employees
You would need to have excellent observation skills and solid knowledge of the law.
You would probably work alone and be self-employed.
UK employment status
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