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Interested in a career at GCHQ?

The online threats that the UK faces every day are many and varied. Cyber criminals, terrorists, hackers, fraudsters, organised criminal gangs… all are using ever more sophisticated technology.

It’s complex, technically challenging work that demands highly skilled and committed people. People who enjoy tackling interesting and varied projects. People with the creative intellect and energy to develop unique solutions. And people with a commitment to safeguarding existing systems and protecting against evolving threats.

Our work is unique and vital, going to the heart of protecting national security. It calls for people who are ready to explore new possibilities and innovative new solutions to problems.

GCHQ believes in, and is committed to equality of opportunity for all, and we value the diversity of all our employees. We value difference and the contribution that each person can make, and fully support our staff in achieving their potential.
As we work to keep our society safe and successful in the cyber age, we're on a uniquely challenging, rewarding and continually evolving journey. Whatever your background, you could be just the person we need, if you have the right skills and expertise.

Who we Hire 

Whether you join us as a graduate, student or apprentice, you can look forward to challenging projects, early responsibility, outstanding professional development and a series of unique experiences.

Although the majority of our work involves technology, we welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of qualifications. You’ll enjoy excellent training and development opportunities, new challenges every day and hands-on experience in the type of projects you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s an environment where you’ll be able to build a rewarding and challenging career.

How to apply
To apply for any of our current vacancies you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements. Candidates who fail to meet these requirements will not be progressed through the recruitment process.
Recruitment Selection Process
Vetting Process
Nationality & Security Requirements

If you are eligible to apply, please select the current vacancy you would like to apply for and follow the 'Apply' link, where you will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter, and to complete a Security Questionnaire. Please be aware that for specific campaigns you may be required to upload additional information. Further details can be found under the individual job descriptions.
Please ensure you quote the Campaign Reference for the position you are applying for in your covering letter.

We have vacancies at our Headquarters in Cheltenham, but we also have opportunities at our Bude, Scarborough and Harrogate locations; so please state your preferred location in your covering letter.

Applicants must be British citizens. GCHQ values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our work.


GCHQ is an intelligence and security organisation, working to keep Britain safe and secure in the challenging environment of modern communications.

  • Location: Cheltenham
  • Staff: 1,001+


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