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:


Starting salaries are usually around £25,000 to £35,000. This rises to around £40,000 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.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

Have a look at the quiz Where Do Your Skills Lie? on the MI5 website. Test your skills to see if you would suit an investigative role.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
Tel: +44 1242 221491
Twitter: @GCHQ

Secret Intelligence Service MI6

Security Service MI5

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