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Infrastructure Engineer/Specialist Infrastructure Engineer roles

Cheltenham, London or Central Manchester
£34,663 Infrastructure Engineers and £41,935 Specialist Infrastructure Engineers
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Infrastructure Engineer/Specialist Infrastructure Engineer roles

Cheltenham, London or Central Manchester

£34,663 Infrastructure Engineers and £41,935 Specialist Infrastructure Engineers

Roles based in London will receive an additional £6,250 London Allowance.  Skills will be assessed at interview and candidates who qualify may receive a skills payment of between £4,000 and £9,812.  You’ll also have the opportunity to qualify for a one-off recruitment bonus subject to your technical proficiency.

GCHQ is an intelligence, cyber and security agency with a mission to keep the UK safe.  We use cutting-edge technology, ingenuity, and partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats.  Working with our intelligence partners MI5 and MI6, we protect the UK from terrorism, cyber-attacks, and espionage.  At GCHQ you’ll do varied and fascinating work in a supportive and inclusive environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork.

As an Infrastructure Engineer, you could be developing Cloud native tech, deploying applications, assisting in our drive to automate Infrastructure as Code (IaC) techniques, or identifying innovation that shapes the way we work, you’ll play a key part in our operations.  And, with bespoke technologies protected by strict legal safeguards and oversights, we have the scope to do things that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. The roles range from pure software development, automation, database development to security and vulnerability research. So, you’ll experience plenty of variety – and deliver real impact in an ever-changing tech environment.

Working as part of a friendly team, you’ll build relationships with customers and colleagues, and support external industry partners as well as our own IT teams and partners from other security agencies. Whoever you’re working with you’ll be supporting, maintaining and developing new capabilities and infrastructure solutions that underpin all internal user services from hardware to cutting-edge technology and cloud. For some roles, there may be line management responsibilities.

You don’t need specific qualifications for the role, but you do need a genuine interest in technology, and you may be familiar with some of the key internet and network technologies we work with such as Agile methodologies, Cloud services, Cloud native CI/CD workflows and tools, and programming tools including PowerShell, Python, Ruby, GoLang, C++ and JavaScript. You don’t need experience with all of them, as we’ll provide dedicated training and support, but you’ll need to demonstrate that you have the ability to solve problems using your technical skills, for example evidenced through personal projects or from a work-related role.  so, whether you’re starting your career, or seeking a new opportunity to test your skills. The important thing is that you’re enthusiastic and keen to learn. For some roles, there’ll also be line management responsibilities.

You’ll receive a training package tailored to you, which could include structured external training, internal training courses, or self-guided learning. We’ll even cover the cost for training, with further opportunities to apply for professional registration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or British Computer Society (BCS). Upon joining, you’ll also be paired up with mentors for both technical and personal development.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a career in a unique tech environment. We’d particularly encourage applications from women, or those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

At GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website.



The internet is a part of everybody’s lives. But while it benefits millions of people, it also increases the threats we all face.

Based at a number of UK sites, our mission is to protect the country’s people, businesses and interests in the cyber age. Using our technical experience and expertise, we provide intelligence, protect information and inform relevant policy to keep UK society safe, secure and successful.



The online threats that the UK faces every day are many and varied. Cyber criminals, terrorists, hackers, fraudsters, organised criminal gangs… all are using ever more sophisticated technology. And as the UK government’s appointed experts in cyber security, we’re constantly developing innovative ways to combat them.

It’s complex, technically challenging work that demands highly skilled and committed people. People who enjoy tackling interesting and varied projects. People with the creative intellect and energy to develop unique solutions. And people with a commitment to safeguarding existing systems and protecting against evolving threats.


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