Careers in national security

 

Put your unique skills to the test in a career protecting the country and its people.

What is National Security?

Working in the National Security Community means being an important part of the Civil Service, protecting the country and its people. The work we do is wide-ranging, interesting and rewarding, with many different career options available across different departments and organisations.

Our day to day may look different, but everyone working in National Security shares a common goal: protecting our people, projecting our global influence, and promoting our prosperity.

Working in National Security

Careers in National Security are part of the Civil Service, which means you’ll be working for the Government. Roles tend to be based in the UK, but some may require international travel if you’re working with other countries or embassies. 

Careers

Our world may seem like something from the movies; spying, intelligence gathering and basically risking life and limb. But the reality for most is far removed from this. There’s not just one National Security career pathway. Instead, there are many different roles and each one requires a different set of skills. For example, you could join the community as a lawyer, project manager, digital communicator, statistician or business analyst to name but a few. And because there are such a diverse range of roles, there are many routes in, too.

Recruitment

We recruit people from all backgrounds, course types and education levels – from school leavers to university graduates. What unites them, is the drive to stay one step ahead in protecting our country from harm. We work to serve the public and make a real difference in terms of protecting our communities. The feeling of satisfaction you get from knowing that what you did today directly contributed towards keeping our people safe is irreplaceable.

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What you could do

There are many different roles in National Security and each one requires a different set of skills. From digital communications to policy to project delivery – we’ve got something to suit everyone.

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Find your route into a career in National Security.

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Is National Security part of the Civil Service?

Yes, National Security is an essential part of the Civil Service. There are many different roles and skills required, across 14 different organisations, including:

  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Department for International Trade
  • Department for Transport
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Crime Agency
  • GCHQ
  • MI5
  • Secret Intelligence Service

What qualifications do I need?

We recruit people from all backgrounds, course types and education levels – from school leavers to university graduates. That’s because we know that the more diverse our organisation is, the more effective it will be at making better policy and coming to better decisions. The qualifications you will need will depend on the role you want to apply for. Take a look at the Find Your Role page to learn more about what some of our staff are working on, and what could be on offer.

Who works in National Security?

There is no one type of person working in National Security. We employ people from a range of backgrounds with many different skill sets. What unites them is the drive to help the Government keep people safe, at home and abroad.

Is it dangerous or high-pressured?

Each role requires different skills and has different demands. The diversity of roles available means that there’s something to suit everyone – and we want all our staff to enjoy a good work-life balance. We work to serve the public and make a real difference in terms of protecting our communities. The feeling of satisfaction you get from knowing that what you did today directly contributed towards keeping our people safe is irreplaceable.