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MI5, MI6, and GCHQ are the UK’s Intelligence Services. We work together to safeguard Britain’s people, interests, and businesses from various threats at home, overseas and online. Including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. Working across our vital missions, you’ll deliver impact at the heart of national security, all within a supportive and inclusive environment that allows everyone to thrive.

Wherever you’re based, your Mandarin language proficiency (at least C1 level) and good understanding of Chinese culture, history, ideology, and politics will support our teams with mission-critical requirements and could help to shape and influence government policy.

At MI5 and MI6, you’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team, actively directing projects and driving forward investigations. It’s rewarding work, which draws on your judgement and people skills, as well as your linguistic and cultural knowledge and expertise. Confident in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Mandarin, you’ll do everything from translation and interpretation to operational work that includes planning, casework, and training.

At GCHQ, you’ll combine language and technical skills to piece together snippets of information, collected from a variety of digital communication sources. Working with a diverse team of experts, you’ll apply analytical skills and an understanding of communication technologies to build up the intelligence picture. Here, your language skills and cultural knowledge will help identify reportable intelligence and progress

In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary and great benefits, as well as plenty of dedicated support to help you build a truly rewarding career. From an assigned buddy and comprehensive training to opportunities to gain professional qualifications, you’ll continuously develop your skills and undoubtedly gain from our strong emphasis on learning. Depending on the role, there may be opportunities for overseas travel and postings – but we’ll make every effort to take personal circumstances into consideration.

Ours is a friendly, open environment where we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. As well as several social clubs and societies that help colleagues meet new people, we have a wide range of support networks promoting awareness of gender equality, LGBTQ+, Race, faith, neurodivergence, disability, and more – all to ensure you feel supported, valued, and included. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, in particular those from groups that are currently under-represented in our workforce, such as women, those  from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

To find out more and apply, visit our website.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. 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. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website.