Careers


Do you want to make a difference?

Our role is to protect the public from the most serious criminal threats, from modern slavery and human trafficking to child sexual exploitation, illegal firearms and cyber crime.

As an NCA officer you can make a difference.

We’re at the forefront of law enforcement in the UK and we look for a wide variety of skills and experience to help protect the public.

Whatever your role – from operations and investigations to intelligence, communications, facilities or corporate services – you’ll have a vital part to play.

Current vacancies

G6 Support Assistant 26 April 2017 - 12 noon
G2 Senior Portfolio Manager - HP1617601NJ 27 April 2017 - 12 noon
G2 Senior Project Manager - HP1474401NJ 27 April 2017 - 12 noon
G1 Head of Operations, Operation Stovewood - GP15816EK
27 April 2017 - 12 noon
G4 Senior Officer - Trainer (multiple) - GP1397001DB 28 April 2017 - 12 noon
G2 Senior IT Operations Manager - GP1616801NJ 28 April 2017 - 12 noon

G5 Officer, Intelligence Collection, Intercept Delivery/Warrantry - GP1358201CAP

28 April 2017 - 12 noon
Secondment Opportunity - National Cyber Security Centre - Senior Incident Coordinator, Incident Management 01 May 2017 - 12 noon
G2 Senior Manager, CEOP Operations (North) - HP1592501DB 01 May 2017 - 12 noon
G5 Officer, Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Unit x3 - HP1728401HG 08 May 2017 - 12 noon
G3 Technology Business Analyst - HP1471301NJ 09 May 2017 - 12 noon
G5 IT Service Transformation Analyst - HP1462701NJ 09 May 2017 - 12 noon
G5 Officer, Protective Operations, UKPPS Central Bureau - HP1360801HP 15 May 2017 - 12 noon
Operation Stovewood - Secondment Opportunities 1 June 2017 - 12 noon


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Who we're looking for

There's no such thing as a 'typical' NCA officer. The breadth of our capabilities mean that we recruit people from virtually every walk of life, from police to project management, crime analysis to commercial procurement. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

Some of our roles require particular qualifications - for example, a vacancy for an experienced investigator may require you to have PIP2. Where that's the case the advert will make it clear. For many roles however we're looking for the right skills and qualities you may have developed from life experience as much as your professional background.

Age and nationality requirements

There's no upper age limit to becoming an NCA officer, but you must be at least 18 years old. All new starters undergo a health screening as part of pre-employment checks to check that you're fit enough to perform in the role. As long as you're fit enough and have the skills and experience we're looking for then age isn't a barrier.

You must however meet Civil Service nationality standards to join the NCA. We’ll normally only appoint nationals from the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth and the European Economic Area. You also should not have spent significant periods of time abroad immediately prior to your applications.

These requirements should be met for all NCA posts. Specific nationality and residency requirements for specialist roles will be listed in the advert.

Placements and trainees

On occasion we recruit for entry-level investigator and intelligence career pathways. From time to time we also offer student placements. All vacancies will be listed on this page and on the Civil Service Jobs website.

While there isn't an NCA-specific graduate scheme we’re part of the Civil Service Fast Stream for graduates. For details of this please see the Civil Service Fast Stream website.

We also offer placements for Armed Forces personnel facing medical discharge under our Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel (WIS) programme. The WIS scheme, launched in 2010 to provide placements to troops on rehabilitation programmes, helps veterans in the transition from military to civilian life, while providing the NCA with a unique source of acumen and life experience.

If you’re leaving the Armed Forces on medical grounds and are interested in a placement with us speak with your Career Transition Partnership Manager or Commanding Officer.

Where we're based

We have locations all over the county. Some roles have to be based at specific locations whereas others are more flexible.

The best way to see if any roles are in your area is to search for roles at the NCA on the Civil Service Jobs website and filter by location.

Training and support

Wherever you start out, we commit to developing and supporting all our officers and offer career pathways that maximise potential. An NCA officer can take on many roles in different areas over the course of a career with us.

Throughout your career you’ll have access to the very best training and development - from initial induction to professional development, management skills and specialist training.

As an agency that works from a national to global level, we also offer some unique and interesting opportunities in the law enforcement field.

Inclusion, diversity and equality

We’re committed to the principles of equality and diversity, and welcome all applications. Flexible working options are considered, dependent on the duties of the role in question. All appointments are based on merit.

Visit the Inclusion, diversity and equality page for further information. 

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