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Technology Roles
Cheltenham, London, Bude, Scarborough, Manchester, Yorkshire

We are GCHQ, 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 threats such as serious organised crime, people and drugs trafficking, terrorism and cyber-attacks. 

Our technical team are central to this mission. Now, you have an opportunity to join us as we’re recruiting for a number of technical roles. You’ll enjoy work you won’t find anywhere else - whether starting your career with us on our cyber security development programme, to engineering and system analyst roles. You could be exploring cutting-edge technologies or informing government decisions, finding solutions, sharing insights, or providing support essential to the success of our mission. 

Whichever role you apply for, you’ll be a problem solver who thinks creatively, is keen to learn and develop your skills, and work effectively with our stakeholders. 

The roles we’re looking to recruit include:


Cyber Security Development Programme

Over two years, you’ll explore the cyber security landscape through placements within the business, receive extensive support and formal training, and ultimately apply for an information security role with the organisation.


Senior and Lead Software Engineers

Using a range of software engineering methods, languages and frameworks, you’ll lead a team solving mission problems while making strategic contributions and ensuring best practice.


Software Engineers and Junior Software Engineers

You’ll join an Agile team tackling real-world problems with a variety of software engineering technologies including JavaScript, Java, C++, Node, Python, Rust, Go and .NET.


Infrastructure Engineer

You’ll work on unique and exciting projects, finding solutions and developing new capabilities across hardware, software and cloud platforms.


Weapons Systems Analyst

You’ll conduct technical data analysis to understand foreign weapon capabilities and technologies, using your knowledge to inform UK defence planning.


Industrial Systems Technical Analyst

Using analytical techniques and your own technical knowledge to solve intriguing problems, you’ll gain valuable insights that inform government decisions.

With comprehensive training and development, you’ll get all the support you need to thrive at work. From bespoke internal courses and mentoring schemes, to the chance to gain a professional qualification (depending on the role), you’ll be developing your own knowledge and skills whilst adding value to the business. In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll also have access to benefits including 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years’ service), an excellent pension scheme, interest-free season ticket loan, and paid parental and adoption leave. 

Ours is a welcoming, friendly and inclusive workplace where people support each other – and want to make a real difference. We have a range of growing affinity groups supporting gender equality, ethnicity, mental health, neurodiversity and disability, LGBTQ+, faith and no faith communities. We also have sports, activities and social groups to help you connect with people who share similar interests. You can find out more about our drive for diversity and inclusion here

For further information on the roles above (including salaries and locations), and for a full list of responsibilities, skills and experience required, please click on the hyperlinks to each individual job description. When you are ready to make your application, please use the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of this page. You will be prompted to select your chosen role and location within the application form.


Equal Opportunities

At GCHQ, 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, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.


We’re Disability Confident

GCHQ are proud to have achieved leader status within the DWP's Disability Confident scheme. This is aimed at encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. Being Disability Confident, we aim to ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview where practicable; this is known as 'offer of an interview'. Please see the link to the specific job description to see the essential criteria.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have the nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries (further information on our eligibility criteria can be found here. 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. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section. 

The closing date for these roles are 23:55 on Monday 15th August 2022.


Right to Withdraw Statement:   

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring 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.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.