Mi5 surveillance vacancies

Covert Munkey

Mobile Surveillance Officer

Mobile Surveillance Officer


£24,121, rising to £27,658 + benefits (pay award pending)
Closing Date: 24 Oct 2007

Request application form by: 19th October 2007
Return application form by: 24th October 2007

Surveillance plays a vitally important role within the Service and is a key investigative resource. Mobile surveillance officers follow targets of national security investigations as identified by Intelligence Officers. It is all about observing the people or places, either on foot or by vehicle.

To work in this area, you'll first need to pass a physically and mentally demanding, non-residential course lasting 75 days. It consists of briefings, intensive training and assessments, and continual feedback is provided throughout.

We want all our course participants to succeed, but it is tough and we have to part company with anyone who is not up to the required standard.

Entry to the Mobile Surveillance Group is at the level MS5, and there are limited promotion opportunities. Some become team leaders and direct others during surveillance operations, but this typically takes five to eight years to accomplish. Others become planning officers or assume other management roles.

The starting salary at grade MS5 is £24,121 rising to £27,658 on successful completion of the training course, once shift and weekend working allowance are included. Some overtime will also be available. Salary is subject to annual review and is performance related.

Promotion is both on merit and where vacancies allow. There are some opportunities to specialise in photography or technical areas, and occasionally surveillance officers are seconded or transferred to other parts of the Service.

Surveillance is a practical skill and it may take up to two years to reach full proficiency. Regular refresher and specialist training are provided as appropriate.

Due to operational requirements, we particularly welcome applications from women and ethnic minorities. All applications will be considered on merit. The Security Service is committed to reflecting both Equal Opportunities and the society we protect.

To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British Citizen and one of your parents must be a British Citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for 9 out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty's Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

Due to vetting requirements you will need to be 18 years old, or above, to apply. Your application may take around 6 months to process.

Discretion is important to the Service, so please only discuss this application with your partner and/or immediate family.

Completed application forms should be returned to: M015, TMP Worldwide, Response Management, Lower Ground Floor, Chancery House, 53-64 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1QS.

The Security Service is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect.


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