MI5 says it wants women and ethnic minorities as spies rather than tall males

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The name’s Bond… Jane Bond. MI5 are recruiting trainees – but it only wants women and ethnic minorities for the roles.

The intelligence agency says it will not be considering applications from white males in a bid to improve diversity in their ranks.

The move comes just months after Lashana Lynch thrilled cinema-goers as the new 007 Nomi in No Time To Die.

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Security chiefs are looking to recruit surveillance officers to trail suspects and protect the country “against threats to national security”.

But anyone too tall has also been told not to apply, along with candidates with tattoos on their hands or face.

The job advert read: “The UK has a highly diverse population so it’s vital that we too have a diverse team who can operate in a wide range of environments without attracting attention.”

But it warns: “Any distinguishing features such as tattoos on your face, neck or hands would make you more recognisable to someone who is under surveillance and would therefore make you unsuitable for this role.

“Likewise, if you are male you will need to be 6’2” or under and females must be 5’10” or under.

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“In the meantime, we’d be particularly keen for candidates who are female or from an ethnic minority background to register their interest in these forthcoming opportunities.”

It later added: “Please note that we are confining registrations of interest to the above groups only, due to their current under-representation in our workforce.”

New signings will be paid £37,755 to follow subjects identified as potential threats to national security.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a non-residential full-time 20-week training course based in London.

MI5 are hunting for the next line of super spies to join the agency – by using an emoji test.

Wannabe spooks are forced to pass a series of tough tests in their fight to become one of the UK’s top secret agents, and now one of the tests has been given a modern-day twist.

Budding intelligence agents now must pass an emoji decoding test – where they must crack a code using an emoji keyboard from a smartphone.

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