27/04/2006

Open ads launched for the SIS

The Secret Intelligence Service - also known as Mi6 - has begun open advertising for recruits for the first time in its near 100-year history.

SIS said that the open advertising was intended to "broaden and diversify SIS's recruitment base".

The first campaign will advertise for generalists and will be followed be regular general advertising campaigns for careers in the SIS, as well as campaigns aimed at attracting staff into particular career streams.

The launch of the open advertising follows the launch of the SIS web site last October. The advertisements will direct anyone interested in applying to the careers section of the new website, where details about career possibilities are available, as well the option of applying online.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: "This is another example of the modernisation of SIS's recruitment process, extending the Service's candidate base, and making it easier to apply. I welcome this move, and would add this message of encouragement to all members of the British public: "Don't wait to be asked to join SIS - if you believe you have the aptitude and talent - apply now!"

(KMcA/CD)

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