GCHQ, MI5 and MI6
A word to the wise.
At GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, we work together to protect the UK. GCHQ brings together intelligence and technology, MI5works to protect the UK against terrorism, espionage and cyber threats, and MI6 work overseas to gather intelligence. While we all have slightly different specialisms, one thing remains the same – the vitally important work our Mandarin Linguists do.
As a Mandarin Linguist, you’ll be at the heart of an operational team. It’s incredibly challenging and rewarding work, where you’ll translate unique material and provide intelligence insights. Your skills and opinions will help us tell the whole story and make the right operational decisions.
Your work will be incredibly important, but you’ll never shoulder the responsibility alone. Everyone on the team is really collaborative and supportive, and willing to lend a helping hand.
Protecting the UK is a joint effort. Even through GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 all specialise in different areas, we all work together to keep the country safe. Which means you’ll have the chance to work across the UK intelligence community and have an even bigger impact. No matter which agency you work for, we’ll invest in you and continually develop your skills with exceptional training.
While we’re after people who can confidently read and translate Mandarin, you don’t need a degree. We just need you to have a great understanding of the language, the ability to translate into well drafted English and good knowledge of Chinese culture. Plus, you’ll need to bring an analytical, curious mindset to your work. We’re after your potential - we’ll teach you the rest.
It’s fascinating and rewarding work that will test your judgement, your people skills and your linguistic ability every day.
At MI5/MI6/GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.
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To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas?Territory, British?Subject, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Citizen, British?Protected?Person, citizenship of a country in the Commonwealth, citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), or citizenship of the United States of America (USA). If deceased,?they should?have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.