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42%
OF STAFF ARE
WOMEN
8%
OF OUR STAFF ARE
FROM BAME BACKGROUNDS
4000
PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY
EMPLOYED AT MI5
How many people work for MI5?

We currently employ about 4,000 people. More than 40% of...Read More

How many people work for MI5?

We currently employ about 4,000 people. More than 40% of staff are women, just over half are under 40 years old, 8% are from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and 3% have a disability. Around 330 staff currently work in MI5 on secondment or attachment from other departments and agencies.

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Are MI5 staff prohibited from saying anything about the Service?

MI5 deals with very sensitive information. Lives may be put...Read More

Are MI5 staff prohibited from saying anything about the Service?

MI5 deals with very sensitive information. Lives may be put at risk if sensitive information is disclosed carelessly. This makes it vital to manage information properly and release it only when absolutely necessary.

Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1989 prohibits our current and former staff from making unauthorised disclosures of information concerning security or intelligence that they acquired while working for MI5. We can only pass on information as is necessary for purposes of protecting national security.

The Official Secrets Act does not prohibit disclosures of unimportant matters. However, we advise our staff to be aware of the sensitivities and potential risks when discussing their involvement with or knowledge of MI5.

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What type of person does MI5 recruit?

There’s no such thing as "a typical MI5 officer". ...Read More

What type of person does MI5 recruit?

There’s no such thing as "a typical MI5 officer". 

We seek to recruit from all areas of the UK and all sections of society. Our staff members come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, reflecting the diversity of the communities in the UK that we serve.

MI5 is an equal opportunities employer. 41% of our staff are women and more than half of our staff are under the age of 40. An increasing number of staff members (currently around 8%) are from black or ethnic minority backgrounds.

See Careers for more information about our current vacancies and working at MI5.

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Is it possible to work for MI5 and have a normal family life?

Yes. MI5 takes the welfare of its staff very seriously. ...Read More

Is it possible to work for MI5 and have a normal family life?

Yes. MI5 takes the welfare of its staff very seriously. 

We work to ensure that our staff have a healthy work/life balance with reasonable working hours. Most roles provide a wide range of flexible working arrangements, including flexi-time, job-sharing and compressed hours.

We offer generous maternity and paternity leave. There is a strong support network within MI5 to provide advice and assistance for our staff.

For more information, please see Careers.

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I've applied for a job, how do I access my application?

If you’ve started an online application that you want to re...Read More

I've applied for a job, how do I access my application?

If you’ve started an online application that you want to re-visit, see Access my application.

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I'm having problems making an application for a job - who should I contact?

If you’re having problems with the careers part of our...Read More

I'm having problems making an application for a job - who should I contact?

If you’re having problems with the careers part of our website, please contact our recruitment team on 0845 450 2152 or at [email protected]. If your enquiry is urgent then please ring the recruitment team.

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