We offer the kind of opportunities you simply won’t find anywhere else. Our technical specialists work with – and often develop – unique, highly advanced technologies. Our Analysts piece together complex data and produce insightful reports. And our corporate support teams enjoy a broad range of work.
We’re also one of the UK’s largest employers of Language Analysts. These are a mix of graduates and non-graduates who are native speakers of at least one specific language. Working with a wide variety of material, they support vital operations and help inform government policy.
Life here means being part of an open, diverse culture where new ideas, fresh opinions, commercial acumen and different experiences are always welcomed. As well as valuing your knowledge, skills and insights, we’ll ensure you enjoy continuing professional development, excellent training and a great work/life balance. Whether you join us in Cheltenham, Bude, Harrogate, Scarborough or Manchester, you’ll have the tools and technologies you need to do your job, you’ll enjoy interesting and varied work, and you’ll find your skills challenged, stretched and developed.
A degree is only one of the ways to show us that you have what it takes to do well here. At GCHQ, your practical experience is every bit as valid. We’re also looking for potential – show us you have that, and there’s a good chance our excellent training programmes would cover any gaps you might have.
We’re definitely seeing more and more females joining us in technology roles. And it’s something we’re very keen to encourage – we think we do our best work when we tap into broad perspectives and fresh ideas, so we definitely don’t look for a certain type of person. Our commitment to diversity means we have support networks for women, BAME, disabled, and LGBT employees. We take a proactive approach in recruiting talent from underrepresented groups, and we’re engaging with schools and universities to encourage more women to take up STEM subjects through our Women in Technology (WITTY) initiative.
Like any other organisation, we employ people with a variety of experience, skills and qualifications in a wide range of roles, from project management and finance to HR and procurement. Explore our department pages to discover the full range of our technical and non-technical opportunities.
For some of our roles, we look for specific experience and qualifications. In other roles, such as Intelligence Analysts, Future Leaders and some corporate roles, we look at different qualities, qualifications and experience that can be transferred – our excellent training and development programmes will help you build any additional knowledge you need. And once you join us, you’ll find that we’ll encourage you to explore a variety of roles throughout your career, with all the training and support you need.
At GCHQ we’re committed to enabling people to reach their full potential by supporting a healthy work/life balance. We offer an excellent welfare and support service that does all it can to support our people both inside and outside work. Our flexible working allows you to develop a working pattern that fits your family commitments and we also have a number of family friendly policies, such as childcare vouchers.
We offer an induction programme for all new employees that includes formal briefings, training, and on the job learning. From day one, you’ll begin to understand what we do, how we work, how your department is developing and how you can contribute. You’ll also be assigned a buddy who can help you to settle in and get to know the people you work with. And to ensure your skills and knowledge are always up-to-date, we’ll give you all the training, development and support you need to reach your full potential within your role.