Languages at MI5
The UK’s Intelligence Services – made up of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – work together to protect Britain’s people, interests and businesses from threats at home, overseas and online. And to help support that mission, we need people who can speak, listen to and understand a wide range of languages and dialects.
As a Language Specialist at MI5, you’ll listen to and read, then contextualise and translate a wide range of audio and written materials. But this role goes beyond translation and transcription. Your expert insight will help build an intelligence picture, drive investigations forward and even shape government policy. You’ll also play a huge role in our operational work, which includes training and planning.
We’re looking for people with an in-depth understanding of a country’s culture, ideology, and politics. A formal qualification isn’t necessary, you just need to be a proficient user of the language. So, whether you’ve grown up in a multi-lingual household, studied to degree-level, or have been trained in the military, your language expertise could be a significant asset to safeguarding the UK.