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Employer Information

  • Application deadline: Year round vacancies
  • Starting salaries: £24k
  • Regions: South-West
  • Industries: Defence, Intelligence, Technology
  • Website: http://www.gchq.gov.uk/index.html
  • Email: Recruitment issues: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 01242 221491
  • Address:

The Recruitment Office
Hubble Road
GL51 0EX

What is GCHQ?

The GCHQ, or Government Communications Headquarters, works in association with with MI5 and MI6 to make up the UK's National Intelligence Machinery. Their operations, all conducted under strict legislation, relate to national security matters, the prevention and detection of serious crime and the UK's economic well-being. The GCHQ relies on the latest technologies to intercept vital information which is decoded by branches of the military or government to inform on foreign policy and affairs, and also works to prevent hackers accessing vital security and personal information from the country's own files. The GCHQ offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities for graduates.

What roles are available at GCHQ?


Application process for GCHQ.

Apply online. As GCHQ recruits graduates to entry level positions not graduate schemes, search for jobs from this page.

Entry requirements and type of person suited for GCHQ.

Entry requirements will depend on the role applied for; some will require specific disciplines. Usually, positions require a 1st or 2nd class degree classification.

Applicants should have an keen interest in international relations. Good communication, IT and team working skills are essential.

Future prospects and training at GCHQ.

The GCHQ accepts graduates into entry-level positions, and encourages employees to vary their career paths and experience, so graduates can expect to undertake a range of roles within the organisation, or they can specify a particular area and work towards the top of the tree in that field.

Other comments about GCHQ.


If you have applied to GCHQ, we would like you to hear from you. Please use the following form to detail your experiences of application, to aid those interested in following a similar career path.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Finally, any advice you would give to potential applicants?

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