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Reading, Oxfordshire, and Swindon – 37 hours:

  • 12 hour rotating shifts £35,847 (including allowances and contractual overtime)

London – 36 hours (TFL Zones 1-5):

  • 12 hour rotating shifts £39,781 (including allowances and contractual overtime)
  • Day shifts £35,042 (including allowances and contractual overtime)

Say hello to varied work, lots of learning and everyone who walks through our doors.

MI5 keeps the country safe from serious threats like terrorism and attempts by states to harm the UK, its people and way of life. We carry out investigations by obtaining, analysing, and assessing intelligence, and then work with a range of partners, including MI6 and GCHQ to disrupt these threats. Through our protective security arm, we provide advice and guidance to government, businesses, and other organisations about how to keep themselves safe. A role in MI5 means you’ll do unique and challenging work in a supportive and encouraging environment, making a real difference to UK national security.  

As a Security Officer, you’ll welcome staff and visitors to our organisation and help to ensure the safety of our people, places, and property. You’ll be meeting a wide range of people every day, providing a calm and professional presence that enables everyone to feel safe and secure.

It’s interesting and varied work – and every day will be different. Your day could include anything from processing visitors and checking vehicles, to monitoring CCTV and completing accurate record logs. At all times, you’ll be keeping an eye out for anything unusual. And, you’ll get extensive training tailored to meet your needs and build great relationships as part of a supportive, inclusive team. You’ll be required to stay within the security team for a minimum of 5 years, during which time you’ll have opportunities to study for formal, accredited qualifications, apply for promotions, or explore a career in other parts of the organisation after your placement. 

We’re looking for people-focussed individuals who thrive in a team and who are keen to learn. You will also be used to dealing with a range of people and a variety of situations. You don’t need any previous security experience, but you will have good customer service skills, an eye for detail, some basic IT skills, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Importantly, you’ll have a minimum grade C/4 or above in GCSE English. Please note that you’ll also be required to have, and maintain, a reasonable level of fitness. As part of the recruitment process, you’ll need to complete a Fitness for Role assessment to evaluate your fitness, eyesight, and hearing.

As well as dedicated support in developing your career, you’ll enjoy benefits including 25-30 days’ annual leave, and 10.5 days of public and privilege holidays, as well as an excellent pension scheme, and access to our on-site facilities such as a gym, restaurant, and coffee bars (at some locations). You’ll also discover a wide range of sports, social and interest groups, as well as affinity groups such as ethnic minority, disability, neurodiversity, and LGBTQ+ networks. It’s all to help you feel comfortable and confident being yourself, and able to meet people with similar interests.

This is a full-time role and you’ll be working either day shifts, Monday to Friday, or a 12 hour rotating shift pattern.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website.

At MI5 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, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are 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 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.