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Government Intelligence Officer or Analyst

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Government intelligence officers or analysts work for the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). They gather and analyse data from different sources (called intelligence), which is used to help protect the safety and security of the UK.

The Work

Depending on your specific role and which agency you work for, you could be:

Pay

Starting salaries are usually around £26,000 to £31,000. This rises to around £34,000 with first promotion and more with a number of years experience.

A recent vacancy for MI5 showed starting salary at £31,807 a year, rising to £34,385 after the first year. After completion of the two year training programme, this rises to around £36,000 a year.

A recent vacancy for MI6 showed the salary range £33,800 to £42,700 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2785
2.2 %
RISE
2024
2845
  United Kingdom
2019
41049
2.4 %
RISE
2024
42037

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Have a look at the quiz Where Do Your Skills Lie? on theMI5 website. Test your skills to see if you would suit an investigative role.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
Tel: +44 1242 221491
Website: http://www.gchq.gov.uk
Twitter: @GCHQ

Secret Intelligence Service MI6
Website: https://www.sis.gov.uk

Security Service MI5
Website: https://www.mi5.gov.uk/

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