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What We Have to Offer

A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like nowhere else. Talented individuals from a range of backgrounds join our graduate development programmes. What other jobs put you at the cutting edge of news events, help stop terror attacks on the street of our cities, protect our secrets and prevent cyber-attacks? Our programmes develop your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment, putting you at the heart of MI5’s investigations. And whichever programme you choose, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.

Starting Salary


MI5 offers a very competitive starting salary for graduates starting from c£30,000 with a guaranteed increase after one year. Along with an attractive pension scheme, and an interest-free season ticket loan, we offer many more excellent benefits.

Work Life Balance


A common misconception is that there is no work-life balance at MI5. However due to the nature of our work you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you.



We’ll make sure you have all the training you need and the opportunity for continuous development throughout your career. You’ll have access to a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Watch our Graduate Stories

A lot of people have heard of MI5. But few know what we do. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an MI5 graduate on one of our four schemes and download our brochure to learn more about our interesting, rewarding and exciting graduate careers.

(Note, for security reasons, these videos feature actors.)

Find out what Jasmine thinks about the Intelligence and Data Analyst Programme (IDADP).

Listen to Nick chatting about what the Business Enabler Entry Scheme (BEES) involves.

Watch Lily’s take on the Technology Graduate Development Programme (TGDP).

Let Alexis tell you about the Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP).


A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else. It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfill all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave.

Diversity & Inclusion

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a variety of communities is crucial for our work. So it’s important our staff come from a breadth of backgrounds and cultures to reflect the people we work hard to protect. 

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