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Ethnic minorities recruited by MI6

21 Nov 2008

Ethnic minorities recruited by MI6 University leavers looking for graduate jobs in London could end up being targeted for recruitment by MI6, which has just launched a new recruitment drive.

The head of recruitment at the Secret Intelligence Service, who remained anonymous, told the Telegraph that a wider range of candidates was needed to tackle the current threats to UK security posed by terrorism.

According to the paper, ten per cent of graduates on the agency's fast-track recruitment scheme were from ethnic minority communities, but MI6 wants this number to increase.

Candidates with the ability to form and sustain discreet relationships were at the top of MI6's recruitment list.

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 the year, MI6 enlisted Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, in an attempt to boost the number of homosexual members of staff.

According to the Economist, 39 Furnival Street in London sits a top an underground bunker, buried 100 feet below the Underground, which formerly housed the research arm of MI6.

The building can house 8,000 people and was set to be a destination for parliament in the event of nuclear war.

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