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Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP)

See yourself working in data?

At MI5, we collect data that’s complex and often incomplete. Understanding and interpreting this is key to the success of our operations, which is why we have a dedicated team of data analysts. They make connections others miss and turn raw data into vital intelligence.

On our Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP), you’ll train to be one of them. After a four-month induction to our organisation and processes, you’ll take on three different analyst postings right at the heart of our mission. You’ll experience a wide breadth of data, use tools you won’t find anywhere else, and work collaboratively to help shape real investigations.

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Starting Salary


Our starting salary is £37,281 rising to £40,303 after the first year.

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Problem Solving

Unique Problems

Use your natural curiosity to spot patterns in large data sets and provide vital intelligence to investigations.

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Varied Career

Your career will be varied as you could move into analysis roles in different investigative areas, as well as tactical, strategic, policy or analyst management roles.

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who are naturally curious, determined, and have a genuine passion for data. While you don’t need coding or programming skills to join, you will have some experience analysing data, either during your studies or at work, and be keen to learn and develop your abilities further.

You’ll need to show us you’re able to analyse large data sets, evaluate the reliability of your findings, and share them with others. You’ll also have (or be expecting) a 2:2 degree in any subject, or have work experience where you have demonstrated some of the key skills and qualities required for success in the role. These include logical thinking, good attention to detail, and the ability to work closely and communicate clearly with a range of partners.

Application Process

Throughout our recruitment process we will assess your skills against the requirements of all our Intelligence Development Programmes. This increases your chances of securing an exciting and rewarding career with MI5 and allows us to deploy the talented individuals that apply into the most suitable roles, maximising our capability to protect national security.

Application Stage

Ensures you are eligible to apply 

Cognitive Ability Test

This online test is designed to test cognitive ability through a variety of short exercises

Full Application

Competency questions and submission of a complete application 

Subject of Interest Test

This test has been designed to give you a better understanding of the Intelligence Analyst role as well us showing us your approach to problem solving.

Telephone Interview

The telephone interview will test your motivation and include some competency questions 

Assessment Centre

The assessment centre will consist of a competency interview, two role plays and a written assessment 

Final Selection Board

Following the assessment centre, you may be invited to attend a final selection board; this will be based on your performance throughout the rest of the process