Intelligence Analyst Ref.2127

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£30,831 (made up of basic salary + £2,189 concessionary payment)

Please be aware, this role will be closing for applications at 11pm on Friday 25th September 2020.


As one of Britain’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 Britain’s people, interests, and businesses from various threats. Think serious organised crime, such as people and drugs trafficking, or terrorism and cyber-attacks. It’s challenging and varied work that you won’t find anywhere else.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. We recognise how vital it is that our workforce reflects the diverse communities we seek to protect. Having diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and ways of thinking helps ensure that we always challenge each other and make sure that we are getting it right. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including from under-represented groups.


Do you enjoy problem solving and complex challenges? Do you have an interest in technology? Are you attracted to a role that challenges the way you think? GCHQ are offering you the exciting opportunity to be an intelligence analyst in Manchester.

At GCHQ, we value your ability to learn and adapt to new challenges, we’ll invest in your skills and adapt to the way you like to learn. We’ll support and encourage you, helping you to become part of our world-class intelligence analysis team.

Analysis is at the heart of what GCHQ does, which means our analysts are at the very heart of our workforce. Our analysts work in a rapidly changing technological environment, solving problems on a daily basis, meaning no two days are the same.

Information comes from across the globe, in all kinds of formats, and you’ll be working with bespoke technology to piece this information together and analyse it to create a bigger picture. Working collaboratively in teams, you’ll process a large range of data to produce insightful and impactful reports for our partners and customers. These reports inform foreign policy, military operations, law enforcement activity, and national security. You’ll tackle a variety of challenging problems, sometimes involving high degrees of uncertainty.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. We also look to accommodate reduced hours or job share options balanced against business needs.


We want people from all backgrounds, with great analytical skills who enjoy being challenged and can make sense of complex information. Your background, life experience and culture could be critical to giving us that vital diversity of mindsets that we need protect the country. You’ll enjoy taking responsibility for your own work, collaborating with other analysts on both short and long-term projects.

Other skills and mindset desired:

• Ability to work well in a team environment
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Good time management skills and ability to work under pressure
• Pro-active and keen to learn
• Interest in new technology

Our world is always changing and continually presents us with new analytical problems, and in order to give us the best possible chance of solving these, we need a broad range of minds, with people of all ages and experiences from across our society, who can see and understand things from different perspectives. We need people who look beyond the obvious and who think differently.

You’ll be comfortable with technology, but don’t worry if you don’t have a technical background as we’ll provide full training from the beginning. Some of our very best intelligence analysts joined us without technical knowledge, but came with a curiosity for technology, a passion for learning, and the ability to never give up on a problem.

To apply for this position, you must be at least 18 years of age by 1st September 2021 and have a minimum of 2 GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade 4/C in Mathematics and English Language. You must also meet our nationality, residency, and security requirements. You can find more details here.


At GCHQ, we’re proud to offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfill your potential. You’re not expected to come to us with a wealth of knowledge or skills on day one.

Our comprehensive Analysis Development Programme provides you with all the training you’ll need to begin your career alongside other aspiring intelligence analysts. It includes courses such as network security, encryption, and analytical thinking. You’ll be guided by knowledgeable tutors and supported by senior analysts every step of the way. The work placements will give you the very best start to your analytical career by working on real world problems from the outset with support from expert mentors and colleagues.


Total package of £30,831 (this is made up of basic salary + £2,189 Concessionary Payment)




Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes towards completing your application. We are 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.

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

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

• Online assessment
• Interview and assessment centre

Online assessments will likely be held in late November 2020. Further details of interview and assessment centre arrangements will be provided to those who successfully reach these stages.


As a Disability Confident employer, we ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI).


If you successfully complete the required stages, you will receive a job offer conditional on you completing our developed vetting (DV) process, which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.