We are looking to recruit language specialists with
excellent spoken and written skills in Arabic and European
languages. Please note that if you have
applied to us before, we will not consider a new application within
two years of your previous submission.
All candidates should launch their applications via the website
from within the UK. Those based overseas must wait until they visit
the UK before launching an application. Applying from outside
the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.
If you wish to apply for the above position, please do
read the Eligibility page to check our
requirements. When ready to proceed, please click on the
Apply button above.
As an agency collecting intelligence from all over the world in
many different languages and dialects, we couldn't operate without
our teams of talented linguists. Working primarily from London,
they have the chance to use their language skills day in, day out,
translating raw material from both written and spoken sources.
It's both fascinating and rewarding. Fascinating, as you
will be working with subject matters that lie at the heart of world
events. Rewarding, as you will be the person making
intelligence accessible to people throughout the Service.
Throughout your career, you'll also have the chance to get
involved in other activities, which might include interpreting,
role-playing for training courses, carrying out foreign language
website research and using your expertise to help other Government
agencies. There may also be opportunities for those with the
appropriate skills to assist with special operations overseas or to
train others in their specialist languages.
Mandarin Language Specialists
MI5 and MI6 work closely together
with the Government
Communications Headquarters ((GCHQ). You may also wish to
visit their website to find out about their Mandarin Chinese
Please note, you may also apply for more than one Mandarin
Chinese role within the intelligence agencies simultaneously.
You should be aware, however, that the three agencies use the same
language tests for Mandarin Chinese
vacancies. Therefore, if you are invited to language testing,
your test results will be shared amongst the three agencies. You
will only take one test.
Please note that if you are unsuccessful at the language testing
stage of your application to one of the three agencies, you will
not be eligible to reapply for Mandarin Chinese vacancies at SIS,
GCHQ or MI5 within a 12-month period.