Most foreign intelligence needs translating, interpreting and contextualising. So our language analysts help us to do just that. We constantly work with unusual materials, providing reports with real purpose. It means that you’ll constantly develop your skills.
Roles & responsibilities
In these roles, you’ll use your cultural knowledge and deep language skills to provide transcription and translation. You’ll also help us to piece together information from a range of sources, giving us valuable insights. Across GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, we typically look for people who are experts in Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Korean, and - from time to time - South Asian and African languages. For graduates with European language skills, there may be the opportunity to retrain.
What our people say
Russian Practice Materials
Get an idea of the sort of work we do and test your Russian skills.
Arabic Practice Materials
Put yourself to the test and see if you've got the potential we're after.
Persian Practice Materials
Take our Persian practice tests and see how much you can complete.
Mandarin Practice Materials
Discover how well you can tackle some of our Mandarin materials.