Many of our officers join the agency several years into an established career, often from outside of law enforcement.

We recruit for many different roles requiring a range of skills, experience and qualifications. Whatever your role, as an NCA officer you'll be making a real difference in the fight against serious and organised crime.

Varied roles

Officers join the agency from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including from police and law enforcement, the Civil Service, NGOs, charities and the private sector. We value the skills and qualifications that experienced professionals bring to their roles, enabling them to hit the ground running.

Most of our officers work in Investigations or Intelligence. But like many organisations we also have supporting or enabling functions we recruit for, including

  • Crime analysis
  • Child protection
  • Human Resources
  • Project and programme management
  • Information Technology
  • Communications
  • Finance and commercial

While these roles may be non-operational, all play a vital role in the success of our mission to protect the public from serious and organised crime.

Join as an experienced professional

If you're interested in joining us as an experienced professional, please keep an eye on our latest vacancies. Many of our roles are available on either a permanent basis or on secondment. Please check the advert for further detail on contract terms and conditions.

Vacancies for experienced professionals will often require specific skills or qualifications. Please check the advert for any essential or desirable experience.

If you're looking for a change of career there are also a number of ways to join us in an entry-level role and work your way up. 

Training, development and career progression

We're firm believers in professional development to help you achieve your potential.

During the course of your career you'll have access to training and opportunities to develop your skills and to try new things. We hope that joining the agency is just the start of a long and successful career with us.

If you're looking for a new professional challenge there may be opportunities for you to move into a new area of work, with all the training, support and guidance to be a success in your new role.

NCA Specials

Another way for experienced professionals to join our team is as an NCA Special. NCA Specials are volunteers with specialist skills that may not be available within law enforcement.

While Specials work on a part-time and volunteer basis they are official NCA officers and make a vital contribution to the fight against serious and organised crime.