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Operating around the globe, we’re at the forefront of efforts to tackle regional instability, terrorism and the increase in weapons. The scope and nature of our work is constantly changing as we act to combat new threats to the UK’s security and economic wellbeing. By collecting secret foreign intelligence, we make sure the UK government’s well informed so we can counter threats successfully. This requires people with a wide variety of skills, from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Join us and you’ll discover an organisation that’s constantly changing to meet evolving security needs. This means you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to build on your skills and develop a rewarding and varied career that could take you into a number of different teams, both in the UK and abroad. Our Training Academy will ensure you have the right tools and skills to undertake a range of roles, and further specialist training will be available as required. A number of other corporate teams will make sure you’re fully supported and developed throughout your career, and great like-minded colleagues will ensure your experience is enjoyable and fun.

Whether you’re a linguist, a technical specialist, have good organisational and administrative skills or you have a natural interest in world affairs and the ability to understand what makes people tick, we could have a role for you. Take a look at our full range of opportunities, check our entry criteria carefully and apply through this website – but please only apply if you’re currently in the UK. Or, if you’re already a civil servant, visit the Civil Service recruitment website to find out about secondment opportunities.

Benefits

As you can probably tell, we want to make your career with us as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Depending on operational need, we’ll aim to give you as much work/life balance as you require, including flexible working hours where possible. You’ll also have access to excellent training and development opportunities, giving you the chance to strengthen your skills and even to change your career without leaving SIS.

Our benefits include: Civil Service pension, discounted healthcare scheme and 25 days’ annual holiday, plus 10.5 additional public and privilege days. We also provide generous shared parental leave and pay, childcare vouchers and subsidised children’s holiday play scheme. Finally, you can take advantage of the cycle to work scheme, the interest-free season ticket loan, and the on-site restaurant, gym and library at our London headquarters.

Wellbeing

Protecting and supporting staff is paramount when you’re tasked to protect the country. And our people have interests and needs as diverse as our activities. The specialists within our multi-disciplinary wellbeing team keep staff safe at home and overseas and support their families too. Any staff member can access personal or financial counselling, or receive support relating to their Service from the Staff Counsellor to the Intelligence Agencies.

We’re serious about offering a real work/life balance, including offering flexible working hours when we can, so the work you do doesn’t mean compromising your family life. From initiatives like clubs and societies, to occupational health support – whether you’re an existing member of staff, a former officer or a member of their family – any part of our SIS family can access whatever support they need whenever they need it.

DIVERSITY

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF

Our people are our strength, our most precious asset. They are what makes MI6 the world renowned institution it is. What we have in common is a determination to make a difference to the things that matter to our country; keeping our nation safe and prosperous. This is our shared purpose. But I want this shared purpose to be achieved by a workforce as diverse as the country it serves.

As you will expect, our mission is challenging and complex. Our aspiration is to create a workforce of individuals as unique as the challenges we face. We recognise that the more diverse the contribution, the better the solution and the greater the impact of our work. We need to harness the talent and diversity that Britain has to offer. It is our ability to do so that will give us the critical edge over our adversaries, both now and in the future.

As an equal opportunities employer, we recruit, train and promote based on merit. We value and encourage difference, including background, perspectives and working styles. We have various work streams to ensure we make the most of the huge range of skills our staff hold and we endeavour to accommodate personal circumstances. An increasing proportion of our workforce work part time or flexibly according to their preference. This adds to our agility as we work in increasingly diverse ways.

We are determined to continue to build on the progress we have made to build an inclusive and representative Service. So, if you are tempted, interested, or teetering on the edge of pressing that button – maybe you think you aren’t ‘from the right mould’, don’t have the ‘correct’ experience or did not go to the right university(!) – I would urge you, strongly, to apply. Anyone who shares our commitment and values will be half of the way there. And you might just find the career you’ve been looking for!

DIVERSITY ORGANISATIONS AT SIS

DEUCE

Raising awareness of gender equality

DEUCE works to raise awareness of gender equality within the Service. Members help highlight issues that might affect staff from reaching their full potential and work to contribute new thinking and enable positive change, including change to HR policies. For instance, DEUCE facilitated the introduction of Leadership Learning Sets (LLS) for women officers in SIS in response to the Executive Board's resolve to accelerate gender diversity in SIS.

KALEIDOSCOPE

Enabling an open LGBT workplace

KALEIDOSCOPE is the Service’s LGBT community. The Service recognises that people perform better when they can be themselves. Members, working closely with Stonewall, are making positive changes to promote an inclusive work environment, where you can feel completely open about your sexual orientation. There's a social element to KALEIDOSCOPE too. Members get together socially with the equivalent groups in MI5 and GCHQ. For new entrants to the Service, and maybe new to London, it can be a good opportunity to meet other people in the LGBT community.

The Cultural Diversity Group

Celebrating inclusivity at work

The Cultural Diversity Group ensures that SIS is inclusive for all people regardless of race, ethnic origin, faith or cultural background. Members include staff from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds. Working closely with all of the Service’s diversity groups and SIS senior leadership, we strive to break down barriers, create role models, challenge presumptions, and encourage aspiration and achievement within the organisation. Recently, the group secured a dedicated room within the Headquarters building for staff to use for prayer and quiet reflection.

SCOOTER

Developing awareness of disability

SCOOTER develops awareness of disability at SIS. We equip managers with the information they need to talk openly about disability, advise colleagues and provide staff with the right support. Inspired by SIS's first Chief, Sir Mansfield Cumming, who transported himself around the corridors of Whitehall on a scooter after losing his leg in a car accident – our name expresses our core belief – that any person with a disability is capable of achieving their ambitions.