Law

Criminal intelligence analyst

Criminal intelligence analysts use data to detect and prevent crime and protect UK security.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £52,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

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Future employment

There will be 5% more Criminal intelligence analyst jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

In this role you could be:

  • collecting national and international data
  • analysing data using specialist software
  • building a picture of crime in an area by studying trends in data
  • presenting your intelligence to managers and other agencies
  • monitoring the behaviour of individuals or groups
  • updating intelligence records on databases
  • reviewing the effectiveness of your analysis
  • acting as an expert witness in court
  • keeping up-to-date on security and confidentiality rules

University

You could do a degree in a subject that includes data analysis, for example:

  • computing
  • maths and statistics
  • social science
  • psychology
  • criminology

Other subjects may be accepted.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an intelligence analyst, cyber instrusion analyst or cyber security technologist higher apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Other Routes

You could apply for MI5's Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme if you have a degree or relevant work experience.

You may also be able to apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Applications can take up to 9 months. As part of the process, you'll need to be prepared to answer questions about your personal life, relationships, family and finances.

£20,000 to £52,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000 (senior officer)

You also may receive other benefits like a pension and childcare benefits.

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week.

You may have to work extra hours at short notice.

Depending on your employer, you may need to work or live overseas.

You’ll need to be prepared for the fact that you won’t be able to talk about your work. In some roles, you may not be able to reveal who your employer is.

You could work in an office or in a court.

Your working environment may be travelling often and spending nights away from home and physically and emotionally demanding.


With experience, you may work as a senior analyst, giving specialist advice and assessing trends to work with managers on future priorities.

Employers usually offer clear career paths to more senior roles.

You could also move to related areas of work within your organisation, for example applying to become a police officer.

You may be able to start in a related job in the security services, for example as a researcher or language specialist, and apply to join an intelligence officer training programme.

You could also apply to become a police intelligence officer, if you're working in a police force. Each force sets its own application entry requirements.

You can find out more about a career in intelligence from the security agencies:

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • be a British Citizen
  • have lived in the UK for the last 3 years
  • have a good level of fitness
  • pass a medical check
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