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Work-Life Balance

A common misconception is that there is no work-life balance at MI5, due to the nature of the work that we do. However the wellbeing of our staff is incredibly important. It is true there may be times when you need to work longer hours than usual, such as the crucial points during an investigation. However, if you do work longer hours, you will receive time off in lieu to ensure that you do not work excessive hours. It is also true that you are not allowed to take your work home with you, so when you leave the office you really are leaving your work behind you.

We understand that whatever role you perform here, you need to enjoy a good work-life balance. Where operations allow we also offer flexible working to help you balance your personal and family commitments with your professional life. The following working patterns are offered where possible:

  • Flexi-Time – We offer flexi-time where there is no requirement to work set formal hours. This allows you to manage your contractually agreed hours with a degree of autonomy and flexibility.
  • Compressed Hours – We offer compressed hours to those who want to work their usual full-time hours (36 hours) in fewer days, with no reduction in pay. For example, a five-day week can be compressed into four days.
  • Part-Time Working – We recognise our employees have family commitments and offer an arrangement where you reduce your hours or take time off during any school holidays.
  • Job Share – This is an arrangement where a full-time post is divided into two part-time roles and the job holders share the overall duties and responsibilities.

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