European Language Opportunities Ref.1663

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£26,743 (on a pro-rata basis)
If you have strong skills in European languages, GCHQ, the UK’s longest-standing code-breaking intelligence agency, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join its ranks as a Language Analyst.


You’ll combine language, technical and analytical skills to produce intelligence to help keep the UK and its citizens safe and secure from external threats. The threats facing the UK come in a variety of languages so you’ll use your deep knowledge of specific languages every day to piece together snippets of information collected from a variety of digital communication sources. You’ll be responding to changing world events and using your cultural expertise to provide valuable insights to colleagues and seniors into what’s happening, where, and when across the world.    

While no two days at GCHQ are the same, some of the main elements of the role are:

• Using your language and cultural knowledge to produce summaries and/or transcriptions or translations into English of material assessed as being of intelligence value, some of which might be highly technical or specialist in nature;

• Developing and applying analytical skills and an understanding of communications technologies in order to build up the intelligence picture;

• Establishing and managing intelligence requirements with customers in Whitehall and beyond, and producing intelligence reports for other government departments, law enforcement agencies or the military.

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.


We’re looking for talented, flexible and committed individuals from all backgrounds.

You’ll need linguistic ability of a very high order to carry out the duties of transcription, translation, analysis and research and we’d love to hear from you if you have a 2:1 degree in at least two of the following languages:


OR a 2:1 degree in Modern Greek, Polish or Dutch, either on their own or with another language.

We also encourage applications from final year undergraduates who are on track to achieve a 2.1 degree in the above language combinations.

You’ll be well-motivated, happy to work in a constantly changing technological environment and you’ll have drive, initiative, perseverance and a naturally enquiring mind that’s capable of looking beyond the obvious. You’ll have an aptitude for - and openness to - learning how to use new tools, be able to carry out the analytical elements of the role with ease and confidence and relish the challenges the cyber age has to throw at us.


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. We offer a comprehensive training and development package to develop both your language skills and your understanding of communications technology, which lies at the heart of our work. You don’t need to have a technical background as you’ll receive full training and support on cyber and the technical aspects of the job. Training will include classroom-based learning and hands-on training, which will enable you to grow your skills and perform to the best of your abilities.


You may be re-trained in another, rare language. Many of our linguists love this opportunity - how many jobs do you find where you get paid to learn a language to degree level? If you’re interested in re-training, please mention this in the application form.


As one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to make a real difference to the safety of the nation. We work closely with our partners in the intelligence community to safeguard the UK’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. This is an exciting opportunity that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


£26,743 (on a pro-rata basis). As your language skills develop there’ll be opportunities to qualify for additional language skill development payments in recognition of your increased skill level.




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

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes towards completing this 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 of 4 February 2019.

If you meet the minimum eligibility and application sift criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Language tests (including an aptitude test). Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019

- Assessment centre, comprising an interview, analysis test, preliminary vetting chat and drugs test (hair sample). Week commencing Monday 25 March 2019.

All will be held in Gloucestershire.

If you’re successful in the selection process, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process that enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required for this role.

We regret we’re unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.