Intelligence Officer at MI5 MI6 & GCHQ

What is an Intelligence Officer?
You might think you already know MI6 or that you already know what an Intelligence Officer does. But actually, our work isn’t about high-speed chases or high-stakes poker. It’s not danger, drama and dry martinis. It’s about joining an inclusive, supportive team that works together to gather, deliver and use intelligence that helps people all over the world.
It’s genuinely fascinating and rewarding work, every day. You could be working with government departments to identify intelligence requirements. Or planning and managing an intelligence gathering operation. Meeting contacts at home or overseas with information we need. Or reporting that intelligence back to our customers in the UK government.
It’s work that keeps the UK safe – and it’s work where you’ll be safe too. You might meet a contact for a chat in a café. Or gather intelligence online at our offices. The important thing to remember is: we don’t put our people in situations that would threaten them (or situations that aren’t legal, for that matter). In fact, your work will look much like any other office role – and like any other job, you’ll usually be contactable, if your family and friends need you.
And whilst we keep you protected, we offer brilliant progression and support too. Your initial training course will help you get ready, exploring more than one role and building a range of strengths. Then, you’ll join one of our operational teams and continue your development. You’ll broaden different skills, maybe even learn a new language or two, and along the way you’ll find options to specialise in your field – and to move into team leadership and management too, if that’s something you’re interested in.
About you
We’re not looking for action heroes here: we’re looking for people with an interest in the world around them; who can take a wealth of information and enjoy making sense of it. In short, we want people of every background who bring real intellectual curiosity.
At the same time, you’re also a people person: you build good relationships with those around you, putting yourself in their shoes and looking to understand how they feel.
Ultimately, the skills we’re looking for are the ones you use every day – and not just at work. Maybe your people skills come from volunteering. From a hobby. From life at home. Maybe you can coach your friends through a tricky escape room, or you know just how to calm your kids down. Those are just the kind of people skills we need.
Along with a starting salary of £35,534, you will receive other benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 10.5 public and privilege holidays
  • Financial support for learning and development
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Subsidised gym, restaurant, and coffee bar

We also encourage flexible working and offer part-time working, compressed hours and job sharing where possible.

Our culture
Despite what films and TV might tell you, there are no lone wolves here. You’re part of a diverse and inclusive community of support. There are staff networks that can provide advice, support and friendship across many different interests, including ones for gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, faith and working parents. We’ve even got social events from bake-offs to photography competitions. It all means you can bring your whole self to work and form lasting friendships too – both with your immediate team and the wider organisation around you.
We’re Disability Confident
We’re a global organisation that represents and defends the UK’s interests. To do that, we need a team that truly represents the UK. So, naturally, Diversity and Inclusion is at the top of our agenda. It’s essential that we have a diverse workforce and provide an inclusive environment.
As well as supporting you throughout the recruitment process, including accommodating a range of adjustments, we’ll ensure you have the right support throughout your career. We have a dedicated disability network group, which aims to build awareness of disability through internal talks, activities, and social events. And of course, because we foster a supportive community, you’ll always have the support of your manager and the team around you too.
We’re also proud to be ‘Disability Confident’ and have achieved ‘Leader’ status within the Department for Work and Pension’s scheme. We ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.