Criminal intelligence analyst

Alternative titles for this job include Intelligence officer, criminologist

Criminal intelligence analysts use data to detect and prevent crime and protect UK security.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£52,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays at short notice

How to become a Criminal intelligence analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme


For some jobs you'll need a degree, usually in any subject. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You could apply through Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for a higher apprenticeship in cyber security or software engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship
  • 3 A levels at grade C or above

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If you don't have a degree, in order to work your way up into this job you'll need work experience in research and analysis. You may also find it useful to have foreign language skills.

Other routes

If you have a degree or relevant work experience, you could apply for MI5's Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP).

You may also be able to apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream if you have a degree.

Applications can take up to 9 months. As part of the process, you'll need to be prepared to answer questions about your personal life, like relationships, family and finances.

You can find out more from the 3 main intelligence and security agencies:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • be a British Citizen
  • have lived in the UK for the last 3 years
  • have a good level of fitness
  • pass a medical check

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • collecting national and international data
  • analysing data using specialist software
  • building a picture of crime in an area by studying trends in data
  • presenting your intelligence to managers and other agencies
  • monitoring the behaviour of individuals or groups
  • updating intelligence records on databases
  • reviewing the effectiveness of your analysis
  • acting as an expert witness in court
  • keeping up-to-date on security and confidentiality rules

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and spend nights away from home and physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could work as a senior analyst, giving specialist advice and assessing trends to work with managers on future priorities.

Employers usually offer clear career paths to more senior roles.

You might also move to related areas of work within your organisation, for example applying to become a police officer.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

GSK Cyber Security Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £16,500.00 Annually
  • Location: Brentford TW8 9GS

Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprentice - 17032

  • Wage : £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Oxford OX4 2JY

Courses In England

Level 3 IT Cyber Security and Security Administration

  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: WALSALL


  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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