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MI5 – The Security Service

MI5 safeguards the UK against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, cyber attack and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. We also advise the Government and critical national infrastructure on the threat level and protective security measures, to help them reduce their vulnerability.

MI5 liaises
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At home, we work closely with the Home Office and have good links with the Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Northern Ireland Office, Ministry of Defence and the armed forces. We have strong ties with the UK’s 56 police forces, particularly their counter terrorist networks, and with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who provide the operational police response in countering terrorism and protecting the whole community in Northern Ireland.

Whatever your experience, it’s likely we have something that suits your skills and abilities. You will find details of our vacancies and the skills we are looking for on our website www.mi5.gov.uk/careers

Because we have access to sensitive information pertaining to national security, candidates are required to obtain Developed Vetting, the highest form of security clearance. All applicants must be over 18 years old, born or naturalised British citizens and normally have been resident in the UK for 9 out of the last 10 years.

Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. You should also make them aware of the importance of discretion. You should not post on social media sites about your application or discuss it with anyone else at this stage. You will receive further guidance during the recruitment process.

MI5 values diversity and is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect. We particularly welcome applications from women and ethnic minorities. Work-life balance is important to us at MI5 and we offer flexible working where operational commitments allow.
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