MI6 recruits spies on Mumsnet: Do mothers make the best secret agents?

British spy agency MI6's advert from the parenting site Mumsnet.

Story highlights

  • British spy agency MI6 are trying to redress gender imbalance by recruiting on Mumsnet
  • Mumsnet claim that mothers have a skill set particularly suited to espionage

London (CNN)Forget sharp suits, expensive cocktails, gambling problems and one night stands. Maybe mothers are better spies than James Bond?

A new job advertisement by British spy agency MI6 on the parenting website Mumsnet suggests just this.
    The post seeks Intelligence Officers to join its team in London and stresses the importance of qualities including "creativity, insight, curiosity, empathy and intuition."
    Successful applicants will be British, have a "wide range of life experience," and could be deployed overseas. The post also warns applicants to be "aware of the importance of discretion."
    Jane Gentle, a spokeswoman for Mumsnet, told CNN: "The advert has had a great reaction from our users. We've actually had more applications for this than we have had for any of our other job adverts."
    "Mums possess logical and analytical skills, but they also use intuition, empathy and emotional intelligence on a daily basis, which is why MI6 is so keen to recruit them as spies," Gentle added.
    "Us mums have to have eyes in the back of our heads to watch over our kids."
    MI6 were contacted by CNN, but they have yet to comment.