Intelligence Data Analyst Job in Manchester at GCHQ –


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Cheltenham, Manchester

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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 cyberattacks. A role in GCHQ means you’ll have varied and fascinating work in a supportive and encouraging environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork

Job description

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. Our analysts work in a rapidly changing technological environment, problem solving every day. No two days are the same here, but whatever the situation, you’ll be supported by your colleagues. You’ll work with bespoke technology, finding information from different places, including a high volume of data generated by many internet-connected devices. You’ll use your analytical skills to piece everything together and make sense of it.

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 find adversaries and you’ll learn quickly about the technology they are using. Your analysis could help inform foreign policy, law enforcement and national security.

It may be possible to work reduced hours if you require. However, it’s advisable to be full-time during the initial training programme in order to absorb and consolidate your learning. If this does not sound feasible, we can discuss ways to support you during this period. We also offer flexible working hours, outside of classroom training times. Our normal working days are Monday to Friday. You would not be expected to work at weekends or to undertake shift work.

Person specification

We’re looking for people who enjoy making sense of complex information and doing challenging 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. You’ll be keen to learn new things and be interested in new technologies, though we don’t expect you to have a technical background. We have a welcoming and supportive environment. We want a mix of minds, including people of all ages and backgrounds from across our society, who can see and understand things from different perspectives. It’s not as formal or secretive as you might think.

To apply, you’ll need to hold GCSE (or equivalent Level 2) qualifications in English Language and Maths at Grade 4/C or above.

Key skills and mindset are:

  • Problem solving
  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Inquisitiveness
  • An interest in technology (and the future evolution of communications technology)
  • Keen to learn new things
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and share knowledge


  • 25 Days Annual Leave automatically rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service, and an additional 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.
  • Opportunities to be recognised through our employee performance scheme
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Facilities such as a subsidised gym and restaurant, and on-site coffee bars (at some locations)
  • Paid parental and adoption leave

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Selection process details

Our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and based on merit. Here is a brief overview of each stage, in order:

  • An initial, short online analysis test
  • A sift assessing answers to two questions on the application form (sifting is conducted without any knowledge of an applicant’s personal information)
  • Virtual interview
  • An online bespoke analysis test

Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process to progress to the next. Your application may take around 6 – 9 months to process including vetting, so we advise you to continue any current employment until you have received your final job offer.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Company Location:  Manchester

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