Turn your curiosity into intelligence. At GCHQ, we unlock the complex world of data and communications to keep the UK and its citizens safe, both in the real world and online.

Working closely with our British Intelligence partners in MI5 and MI6, we protect the UK from threats including serious organised crime, terrorism, and cyber-attacks. A role in GCHQ means you’ll have varied and fascinating work in a supportive and encouraging environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork.

The Role

Analysts work at the very heart of our mission. You’ll support real-world events and have privileged insight – seeing behind the news headlines and contributing to work that really matters. You’ll work with bespoke technology, finding information from different places, including a high volume of data generated by many internet-connected devices. And you’ll piece it together to make sense of things.

You’ll be trusted to take real responsibility for your work and encouraged to try new things – there’s no set formula for analysis. The work is a mixture of short-term urgent situations and longer-term projects lasting months and sometimes even years. It’s a constant challenge to track adversaries and you’ll learn quickly about the technology they are using.

About You

Your analysis could help inform foreign policy, law enforcement and national security. So, we’re looking for people who enjoy making sense of complex information and solving puzzles. Sometimes the outcome is not what you want but there’s always something that can be learned – so you’ll need resilience and perseverance in these instances. You’ll be interested in new technologies, though we don’t expect you to have a technical background – we’ll give you the training and support you need.

This role is open to those with or without a degree. All you need is a Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) qualification in English Language and Maths at Grade 4/C or above – it’s your skills and mindset that are key. If you do have a degree or another higher qualification, you can still apply and you’ll be just as engaged with exciting work you’ll not find anywhere else – your qualifications are just the starting point!


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, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website.

To find out more and apply, visit our website.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. 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. Full eligibility details can be found on our website.