In what comes as a huge disappointment for budding cyber spies, the GCHQ code breaking competition points to a job which pays merely £25,000.
According to an article on the Telegraph, the spy agency launched an online drive to bag the next generation of spies by launching a code breaking contest that went viral on Facebook and Twiter.
The contest asks users to break a code and enter the keyword which then points to a job application page.
Sadly, those who have cracked the code are claiming that the job offered by the government pays significantly less than what they could get working in a private firm in a similar profile.
What's more, the job, which is guarded by a sophisticated code, can be viewed via a quick Google search.
A former GCHQ spy, who wants his name to be withheld, told the Telegraph that he quit the spy agency because it paid substantially less than what he could earn working in a private firm. Incidentally, the spy cracked the code to see the offer.
"There is an incredibly high turnover at GCHQ and that is simply down to pay. Those who can do that challenge could easily earn up to £80,000 a year in the private sector. It's disappointing that as a society, we are not willing to acknowledge those skills by spending more money," he lamented.