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Technical Opportunities

Contract Type
Defence & Security
Cheltenham , Manchester,Bude, Harrogate, London, Scarborough
Starting salary of £25,738 - £29,293 with the potential to earn skills and retention payments
Expiry Date
As one of Britain’s Intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe.

Job Description

 We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. We operate under strict legal controls, safeguards and requirements, set by ministers to protect national interest. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

We are looking for candidates who have a degree, are graduating 2018, or have relevant work experience, please look at individual job descriptions for their requirements.

Whilst the roles are challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we try to accommodate reduced hours or job share option and balance these with our business needs.

Training and Development

At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. But you’re not expected to come to us with a wealth of knowledge or skills, on day one. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your personal needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.

We havce roles in the following headings

  • Computer Network Operations roles
  • Software Developers
  • Access Operations (Including Network Optimisation Analyst, Communications Systems Analyst, Dataflow and Configuration Administrator)
  • Communications Technology Analyst
  • Internet and Systems Investigation (including Internet Investigator, Internet Software Developer, Internet Platforms Developer, Vulnerability Discovery/Exploit Practitioner, Forensic Technologist)
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • IT Infrastructure Engineer
  • IT Services Management
  • Operational Data Scientist
  • Platform Security Researcher
  • Vulnerability Researcher
  • Weapons Systems Analyst


Interview and Selection Process

To apply for these positions, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements. You’ll find more details here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

Face to Face interview*
Drugs test
Candidates applying to Computer Network Operations and Software Developers will have an additional telephone interview

*Interviews will be held in Gloucester/Cheltenham except for Software Developers where interviews will also be held in Manchester.

If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.