Who we are

Employing over 6,000 people from a range of diverse backgrounds, we strive to keep Britain safe and secure by working with our partners in the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and MI5. Our headquarters is based in Cheltenham, with regional hubs in Scarborough, Bude, Harrogate and Manchester.


  • People working at GCHQ

    What kind of people work at GCHQ?

    At GCHQ we believe that success depends on great minds not thinking alike. That's why as an organisation we aspire to recruit and nurture the brightest talent and are building an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation we serve.
  • Our history

    We are very proud of our long and distinguished history; from the earliest days as the Government Code and Cipher School in World War One, through the breakthroughs at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and to the complex technical challenges of today.

Where we work

  • GCHQ Cheltenham

    Most GCHQ staff are based in our award-winning headquarters in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.
  • GCHQ Bude

    Based on the north Cornwall coast, GCHQ Bude has a long association with the area, and has been a local employer for almost 50 years. Staff, including apprentices and graduates, all play a significant part in GCHQ’s mission to keep Britain safe.
  • GCHQ Scarborough

    Based in in north Yorkshire,GCHQ Scarborough has conducted signals intelligence in support of both the defence of the United Kingdom and of our armed forces since 1912.