MoJ seeks leader to help ‘maximise impact’ of government digital pay scale

The ministry was an ‘early adopter’ of the government’s digital pay framework and, in the 2023 fiscal year, used it to boost the collective compensation of its techies by £22m

The Ministry of Justice is seeking a senior manager to help the department’s digital function get the most out of  government’s dedicated digital pay framework.

A role at the MoJ as profession management lead for government digital and data pay is currently open for applications. The post offers a salary of up to £66,670 and sits within the ministry’s Justice Digital unit as part of a specialised capability team.

The remit of this team is to help the MoJ “attract, retain and develop” talented staff in the Government Digital and Data (GDD) profession – formerly known as DDaT until a rebrand seven months ago. The brief for the pay-focused position is to “to maximise the impact of the Cabinet Office GDD Pay scheme, a key attraction, retention and development enabler”.

The scheme in question is designed to help departments hire and hold onto key technical talent by enabling additional annual allowances of up to £10,000 beyond what would normally be available under the strictures of the civil service’s pay grades. The MoJ’s accounts for the 2023 fiscal year revealed that the digital pay framework had enabled the ministry to boost the collective compensation of its 1,500 digital and data staff by an annual total of £22m.

The MoJ was an “early adopter” of the scheme, according to the job advert, having implemented it five  years ago. Since then, the ministry has found that the dedicated pay scale “allows us to recruit and retain the best talent… and we have continuously improved our approach through successive iterations”.

The new recruit will be primarily tasked with supporting the implementation of GDD Pay in “business-as-usual” contexts.

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“As lead you will set the strategy and objectives for the team and define what good looks like,” the advert says. “Applying your leadership skills and using your experience and expertise you will lead this small team to equip them and others to provide effective advice and assure the pay scheme as well as making sure we have a continuous improvement culture.”

It adds: “We ensure that capability assessments are meaningful and impactful, we own the artefacts that make assessments possible and we provide the tools for individuals and their line managers to make sure allowances are paid.  We are also the lead in the relationship between Justice Digital and CDDO and cross-government in terms of GDD Pay.  Leaning into CDDO’s effort to improve the profession on behalf of MoJ you will bring back knowledge and information to add further value.”

The position will provide the successful applicant with the “opportunity to build on your skills in researching, designing and delivering enduring products or services that can be refined and upgraded through business-as-usual process improvements”.

“Change management is a key skillset for GDD Pay,” the job ad says. “Over time, our efforts to automate and innovate will also mean your focus might shift to include other capability priorities in our talent implementation plan.”

The duties of the post “most closely align” to those of an HR professional, but the MoJ believes that candidates from an operational delivery or project management background could also be a good fit.

“We are especially interested to hear from anyone with a pay policy background but this is not essential,” the ministry says.

Applications are open until 10 July, with interviews scheduled to take place on 19 July.

Sam Trendall

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