Entry Level Opportunities - Scarborough Ref. 1916

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Technology Roles
£20,981 (including concessionary payment)
GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our organisation. If you’re looking to start your career straight away, our unique entry level opportunities based in Scarborough could be perfect for you:


Trainee Radio Frequency Analyst

We are the nation’s signals intelligence agency; our mission is global.  As a trainee Radio Frequency Analyst, on GCHQ’s Entry Level Development Programme, you’ll undergo a comprehensive 18-months training package and learn to how to analyse data across multiple accesses.  At the forefront of collecting signals intelligence, you’ll provide analysts with data to help fight terrorism, cybercrime and serious crime.
During an 18-month programme, you’ll get a mix of classroom-based learning and on the job training, supported by our collaborative learning environment. With motivation and a desire to safe guard the nation, you’ll soon be working on projects that help keep the UK and her allies safe.  You’ll receive full training and support throughout the programme and all the benefits that you’d expect from a Civil Service organisation.   

Upon successful completion of an 18-month development programme, you’ll be placed in a team at one of our sites. If you’re asked to relocate after 18 months, you’ll be given assistance in the form of reimbursement of relocation costs, up to £1,000.

IT Delivery and Support Technician

As an IT Delivery and Support Technician, you’ll provide a professional and technical support service and work closely with internal customers to deliver an internal and external service on GCHQ’s corporate and mission IT Systems. With advanced training and endless encouragement, you’ll soon become a go-to expert, covering a wide range of activities, from simple installations to configuration of hardware and software components along with networking, service management, system administration and user enquiries.  We care hugely about learning and development and will tailor a continuous development programme for you. This will be a mix of formal and on the job training, and provide opportunities to participate in several areas of work, including other sites. Supported by our collaborative learning environment, you’ll soon develop a broad range of technical skills and have everything you need to kick-start your technical career.  You’ll receive full training and support throughout the programme and all the benefits that you’d expect from a Civil Service organisation.  

If you’re asked to relocate, you’ll be given assistance in the form of reimbursement of relocation costs, up to £1,000.

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… rule yourself in and give it a go!

Our flexible working policy ensure a healthy work-life balance.  Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.

Equal Opportunities Statement

The UK Intelligence Agencies – MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ – Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit.  We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.


We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds who have an aptitude for learning, a passion for technology, and are looking for a challenge.

A minimum of 2 GCSE’s grade 5 (maths and English), or equivalent.

You must also demonstrate evidence of:

• A real enthusiasm and curiosity for learning and keeping up to date with technological advances.
• Ability to communicate with others.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


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. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your 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.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. 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. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


Salary of £20,981 pro rata basis (includes concessionary payment)




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

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

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:

- Application Questions (x3)
- Personal interview*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Scarborough.
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.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.