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MI6 in ethnic minorities graduate recruitment drive

Published: Friday, 21 November 2008   Category: Public sector

Graduates of black or Asian minority origin are being targeted by MI6, which has launched a new recruitment drive.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the head of recruitment at the Secret Intelligence Service, who remained anonymous, said a wider range of applicants were needed to tackle new threats posed to the UK by terrorism.

Ten per cent of applicants to last year's fast track graduate scheme were from ethnic minorities, but MI6 wishes to see this proportion increase.

One existing agent told the news provider that discreet candidates, with an ability to form and sustain relationships, were highly sought after.

Another employee, named Catherine, said: "We are not looking for a James Bond – people jumping out of windows, running around disobeying orders, drinking dry martinis, clutching women and firing guns."

Earlier in 2008, MI6 demonstrated its diversity policy by enlisting the help of gay rights organisation Stonewall charity in a bid to attract more homosexual staff.

The agency collects secret intelligence and mounts covert operations overseas, under competences conferred by the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

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