MI5 today begins a recruitment campaign targeting women because the mayhem and murder of the Spooks TV show is scaring away would-be female recruits.Seriously? Is this real, or disinformation?
Men make up 59 per cent of Security Service staff and the organisation wants to bolster the number of women intelligence officers.
But officials say the over-the-top violence of Spooks, one of the BBC's longest-running dramas, is having a deterrent effect on potential candidates.
Let's hope it's merely the HR department jumping on the bandwagon and using the interest in tonight's season finale to get the message out that they are recruiting into newspapers, in the hopes of reaching those who might be interested, yet also intelligent enough NOT to think 'a hard day at the office' means you need to wash the blood of some Russian assassin out of your best silk blouse. Again...
Spooks has a noticeable impact on visits to the website of MI5, which is still recruiting staff despite cuts to the overall counter-terrorism budget./facepalm
Visits triple on a Monday night when Spooks is on, from an average of 500 an hour to 1,500.
During Spooks, seven of the top ten terms used in search engines to access the MI5 website are careers-related, such as ‘MI5 careers’, ‘MI5 jobs’, and ‘How to join MI5’.
However, the dramatic violence and over-the-top risk to life is putting some women off filling out the forms to join. The top Spooks-related question searched on the MI5 website is: ‘How realistic is Spooks?’
Officials want candidates with strong analytical and communication skills, patience, dedication, discretion, honesty and integrity, who work well in a team under pressure – not the ability to defuse nuclear devices or leap from exploding cars.Pretty certain anyone with the necessary skills for this sort of role would already be able to figure that out for themselves...