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GaaP focus at heart of GDS summer recruitment push

Published 25 July 2016

Organisation looking to appoint multiple development staff as well as technical architects and an open source leader to support cross departmental work


The deadlines for numerous roles within the Government Digital Service (GDS) that will help oversee user research and open source initiatives, as well as development and technical architecture are all set to expire over the next five weeks. 

With an estimated combined wage of potentially millions of pounds, the roles form part of efforts to expand GDS, notably to work on its Government as a Platform (GaaP) strategy that aims to create common tools and standards for cross departmental working.

“We’re building platforms that make the work of transformation easier for departments - things like GOV.UK Pay, GOV.UK Notify, and Government Platform as a Service. They’re just the first of many more to come. This is just some of what we do,” said GDS in a recruitment notice.

Among the multiple roles being sought, applications for two lead developers to ensure effective working of separate teams across GDS and up to ten senior developers to work on the GOV.UK microservices-based architecture will close at the end of the month.  The positions carry salaries of £65,000 and £57,000 respectively.

Also set to close by July 31 are applications for developers, web operations engineers and a business management support role at GDS.

By the following week, deadlines will also close for applicants to serve as an open source lead and a head of user research.  Applications must be received by August 1 and August 2 respectively.

In seeking an open source lead, a role with a proposed salary of upwards of £60,000, GDS said it was looking to take a “more concerted approach” to such technology with a focus on building collaboration and internal reuse.  It is hoped this will lead to high impact contributions from government to the wider open source community.

“There’s an enthusiastic and committed group of developers across government ready to work on this and we are looking for a motivated, visionary individual to lead this effort and take our work to the next level,” said the recruitment notice.

Meanwhile, the head of user research is expected to be central to support GDS and other departments with more strategic thinking around agile development that can better meet public needs when designing and implementing technology and digital services.  The role carries an annual salary of between £57,408 and £70,700.

On September 4, applications will close to fill up to six technical architect posts that will help GDS' multidisciplinary teams with trying to develop simple and easy to use digital systems.

The positions, which are valued at over £60,000 per annum, will work across different projects including the GOV.UK Verify identity assurance platform. 

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