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Introduction to GCHQ

The UK’s interests are under constant threat from hackers, cyber criminals and terrorists. It takes intelligent, dedicated and highly skilled people to help counter them. People with a wide variety of rare skills who can tackle the most complex challenges. Equally important, it takes an environment that enables those people to achieve results. An environment where you can work with the most advanced technologies, complex RF and communication systems, sophisticated analytical tools, network security systems, everything you need to help us protect the country’s people, businesses and interests. An environment like GCHQ. Whether you join us in Cheltenham, Bude, Harrogate or Scarborough, you can work alongside some of the world’s leading experts in their fields, specialists who are encouraged to share knowledge, ideas and insights. It’s a place that will nurture and develop your expertise through excellent training and development. As well as formal training courses we offer interactive computer modules, distance learning and secondments from courses for our technical teams to working with academia and industry partners. We’ll make sure you have the skills, knowledge and experience you need to do your job effectively. It’s not just about improving your professional skills. At all of our sites you will find plenty of facilities that make your time here more enjoyable. Our Cheltenham, Bude and Harrogate sites all have staff restaurants and access to a gym, while at Bude you can also enjoy water based sports such as surfing. Both Scarborough and Harrogate also have the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside on their doorsteps and at Cheltenham we also have cafés, a deli and a courtyard garden. You’ll also find a range of clubs and societies offering a variety of sports and social activities from football and cricket leagues to massages, beauty therapies and treatment rooms and family days, theatre trips and days at the races. We also have strong ties to local communities at all of our sites and we support a variety of local charities. When you join us we want you to have the time and opportunity to enjoy your personal life too so we offer flexible working, giving you the chance to structure your hours around family commitments. This means you can maximise your free time and work when you want as long as you fulfil your contracted hours each week. In short, GCHQ is a place where you can learn, develop and live life to the full and all the while you’ll be helping to keep the UK’s people, businesses and interests safe and secure. Welcome to life at GCHQ.

Departments and Roles at GCHQ