What We Have to Offer

A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like nowhere else. Talented individuals from a range of backgrounds join our graduate development programmes. What other jobs put you at the cutting edge of news events, help stop terror attacks on the street of our cities, protect our secrets and prevent cyber-attacks? Our programmes develop your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment, putting you at the heart of MI5’s investigations. And whichever programme you choose, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.

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Starting Salary


MI5 offers a very competitive starting salary for graduates starting from £33,000 with a guaranteed increase after one year. Along with an attractive pension scheme, and an interest-free season ticket loan, we offer many more excellent benefits.
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Work Life Balance


The wellbeing of our staff is incredibly important. There may be times when you need to work longer hours than usual. However, if you do work longer hours, you will receive time off in lieu to ensure that you do not work excessive hours.
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We’ll make sure you have all the training you need and the opportunity for continuous development throughout your career. You’ll have access to a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Watch our Graduate Stories

A lot of people have heard of MI5. But few know what we do. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an MI5 graduate on one of our four schemes and learn more about our interesting, rewarding and exciting graduate careers.

(Note: for security reasons, the video below features actors.)

TGDP- Technology Graduate Development Programme


Hi there. I’m Lily, and I’m a chemistry graduate at MI5’s Technology Graduate Development Programme, or TGDP. Let me tell you – I never thought that I could do something like this. But while at uni, I realised I didn’t really want to have a chemistry-focused career. I started looking for jobs where I could use the core skills I picked up doing my degree, but in a totally different way.

Then I found MI5’s TGDP. And let me tell you literally, in the first two weeks, MI5 caught me up to scratch with everything. They’ve been so supportive, and I’m being taught some, literally incredible things. They even paid for me to get formal qualifications relevant to my new job role. And with so many different opportunities around, I really can’t picture myself getting bored here.

As for right now? Let’s just say I’m part of some vital projects that have real-world impact. I’m not just making money for some people I’ve never met before. I’m helping MI5 protect lives, while also getting to work on some pretty cool technology. It’s amazing.

Why Join MI5?

A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else. It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfill all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave.

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Diversity & Inclusion

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a variety of communities is crucial for our work. So it’s important our staff come from a breadth of backgrounds and cultures to reflect the people we work hard to protect.