GDS boosts developer ranks

Written by Sam Trendall on 27 August 2021 in News
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Agency seeks to add 10 software experts

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The Government Digital Service is boosting its software-engineering capabilities with the recruitment of a squad of new developers to join the organisations.

The positions – for which applications closed last night – will be based across its offices in Bristol, Manchester, and GDS headquarters in east London. Roles in the capital will come with a salary of between £54,700 and £64,500, while those in the other cities will be paid between £49,700 to £57,00 per year. A total of 10 posts are to filled in total.

Candidates are expected to possess “detailed knowledge of either Ruby, Python or Java” coding languages, as well as experience of studying and learning “new programming tools and techniques”. The digital agency also hoped to hear from applicants that “understand software design principles [and] agile environment” in addition to possessing a “a basic understanding about web security and accessibility”.


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The roles will involve constructing web services for use by citizens, and then supporting their ongoing operation, including, on occasion, during non-standard hours. The posts come with a further remit to implement “toolkits and APIs for purposes such as integration, performance optimisation, security and scalability”.

Developers will also “build automated tests to support our continuous deployment environment” and “share knowledge of tools and techniques” with both technical and non-technical co-workers.

Additionally, they should expect to “act as a digital ambassador across government, supporting recruitment, identifying good practices for GDS to adopt and sharing experiences, e.g. through blog posts, tech talks at conferences” and other means.

 

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Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology. He can be reached on sam.trendall@dodsgroup.com.

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