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Intelligence analyst

Alternative titles for this job include Criminal intelligence analyst, intelligence officer

Intelligence analysts use data to detect and prevent crime and protect UK security and the economy.

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

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How to become an intelligence analyst

You can get into this job through:

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


Intelligence services recruit graduates from a wide range of subjects. You could gain particularly relevant skills from a degree in a subject that includes data analysis, for example:

  • computing
  • maths and statistics
  • social science
  • psychology
  • criminology

Being able to speak different languages may also be useful for more specialist roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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The following higher apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • intelligence analyst
  • cyber security technologist

You could also gain some of the skills and knowledge required through degree apprenticeships like:

  • serious and complex crime investigator
  • police constable

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to start in a related job in the security services then apply to join an intelligence officer training programme. Related jobs include researcher or language specialist.

You could also apply to become a police intelligence officer, if you work for the police. Each police force sets its own application entry requirements.

Other Routes

You could apply for MI5's Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme if you have a degree or relevant work experience.

You may also be able to apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream or to the National Crime Agency.

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, relationships, family and finances.

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What it takes

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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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

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

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role, you'll:

  • collect national and international data
  • analyse data using specialist software
  • build a picture of activities in a specific area by studying data trends
  • present your intelligence to managers and other agencies
  • monitor the behaviour of individuals or groups
  • update intelligence records on databases
  • review the effectiveness of your analysis
  • act as an expert witness in court
  • keep up to date with security and confidentiality rules

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could work as a senior analyst. You would give specialist advice, assess trends and support managers to make decisions on organisational priorities.

To get to senior analyst roles, you would usually follow an established career path created by the organisation you work for.

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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