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Mi5 safeguards the UK against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, cyber attack and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. We also advise the Government and critical national infrastructure of the threat level and protective security measures to help them reduce their vulnerability. In order to do this we liaise with a wide range of organisations and government departments, both in the UK and overseas, and work collaboratively with the other intelligence agencies – Mi6 and GCHQ.
Talented linguists from a variety of backgrounds join Mi5 for stimulating and rewarding careers. Whether you developed your language skills through academic study, in the workplace, at home or while living/working abroad, Mi5 offers you the opportunity to apply your language skills on a daily basis to provide expert support to investigative officers.
You will need to be comfortable with understanding, reading, writing and translating your language into English in a clear and concise format. Enthusiasm, flexibility, attention to detail and good judgement are all essential. As an employer, Mi5 is committed to supporting your learning and development at every opportunity. We value diversity and are committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect.
We have access to sensitive information pertaining to national security and candidates are therefore required to obtain Developed Vetting. All applicants must be born or naturalised British citizens, over 18 years old and normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. Discretion is vital. If you decide to apply, you should not discuss your application, other than with a partner or close family member, providing that they are British.
Please visit our website, www.mi5.gov.uk/careers for practice language tests and more information about the careers we offer.