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GCHQ is a world-leading intelligence, cyber and security agency with a mission to keep the UK safe.

Our brilliant people use cutting-edge technology, technical ingenuity and wide-ranging partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats to the UK. 

Our priorities are set by the UK’s National Security Strategy and the decisions of the National Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, as well as the Joint Intelligence Committee

We always strive to stay one step ahead of those who are looking to cause our nation and its people harm. Our focus changes as the global threats evolve. We are part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic; protecting the NHS, supporting the Government’s development of data science and improving our nation’s economic resilience. We are also tackling a shifting serious crime threat that is looking to exploit the crisis.

Our role in keeping the UK digital homeland safe and prosperous is more crucial than ever.

We employ three capabilities across five mission areas to carry out our work.

Gchq, Hubble Road , Cheltenham, GL51 0EX
Industry Government Administration
Company size:   5,001-10,000 employees
Industry:   Government Administration
Company Details
Hubble Road
GL51 0EX

Attracting world class talent has always been a priority for GCHQ, which has traditionally been reflected in its flexible working options. The world-leading intelligence, cyber and security agency offers employees several different options, ranging from part-time to job-sharing. 

What we love about GCHQ:

💡 GCHQ have parental and carer policies, so those with responsibilities are able to balance their commitments with their work life.

💡 GCHQ has a focus on employee wellbeing and consequently understands the importance that flexible arrangements can have on this. 

What's worth checking about GCHQ:

💡 Flexible working arrangements may differ by role and department. 

Articles about GCHQ:

💡 GCHQ deputy directors on new list highlighting successful part-time workers   

💡 The top spies fighting terrorism three days a week 

Flexible Working Approach

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Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Time-off in lieu: This refers to when an employer gives an employee time off instead of paying for overtime. The employee agrees to the terms (for example, when it can be taken) with the employer.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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