Administrative Officers
Locations: Cheltenham, Bude, Manchester
Salary: £22,336 – This is made up of a starting salary of £20,147 (on a scale that extends to £25,462), and a £2,189 concessionary payment

It feels good to do good. 
At GCHQ, we protect the UK in the real world and online. As the country’s intelligence, security and cyber agency, it’s our mission to keep one step ahead of threats such as terrorism and cyber crime. So, it’s vital that our operations run smoothly. As an Admin Officer at GCHQ, you won’t just support teams across the organisation – you’ll support the delivery of our mission, too.

Admin Officers are the backbone of GCHQ. From carrying out administrative duties to assisting with the delivery of vital intelligence, your day-to-day will help protect every day. Highly organised and methodical, you’ll take proactive approach to your responsibilities, providing essential support to colleagues in your team and the wider organisation.

You might be working within operations, or using your skills to assist one of our technical teams. You’ll have a passion for great customer service, and the ability to communicate with people at all levels of our organisation. And, you’ll always be looking to further your learning. You’ll seize opportunities to attend personal development and job-specific courses and be enthusiastic about building a career with us.

No matter your background, you’ll do admin with a difference. Whether you’ve just finished school or you’re returning to work after a break, you’ll be part of an inclusive organisation where your ideas, insights and perspectives are valued. As well as a number of sports and social societies, we have a growing range of affinity groups including ethnic minority, disability, gender equality and LGBTQ+ networks.

To join, you’ll need two GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English at grades A*-C / 9-4, or relevant experience within an office and/admin role. You’ll also be confident with Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In return, we offer a range of benefits including 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years’ service), access to exceptional on-site facilities, and opportunities to work flexibly (subject to business needs).

Time to get more out of your to-do list. Find out more and apply now.

At GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce. 

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas Territory, British Subject, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, citizenship of a country in the Commonwealth, citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), or citizenship of the United States of America (USA). If deceased, they should have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, GCHQ may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.

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