Developers Job at Government Digital Service – in London

Job Description


London, Bristol, Manchester

Position type

Contractor / Interim


Contracting Pool Opportunity

This is an opportunity to join our contracting pool for interim roles and contract work with the Government Digital Service.

By joining our pool we can keep in contact with you about opportunities that arise both inside and outside of IR35.

We typically pay between £500 to £600 a day for Developers via our contracting route, but rates can also be determined by the contract deliverables.


Once you have applied we will screen your suitability for our interim roles or service contracts and will contact you to confirm that you have been added to our pool if successful.

We would welcome applications from the following:
developers who are looking for full time interim contracts

contractors who specialise in Software Development as a business service to clients

developers who are interested in flexible contracts

anyone else with a Software Development background who would be interested in working with us through our contracting route

We require Developers to:
build RESTful web services to serve a variety of citizen and government needs, taking responsibility for the quality of code you produce

implement toolkits and APIs for purposes such as integration, performance optimisation, security and scalability

build automated tests to support our continuous deployment environment

share knowledge of tools and techniques with both developers and non-developers

identify good practices for GDS to adopt and sharing experiences

support the live operation of the services we run, and participate in out-of-hours support rota’s where necessary – you’ll be paid an allowance, and a further hourly payment, for any duties you perform when on call

We’re interested in Developers who:
have experience in back-end development, with detailed knowledge of either Ruby, Python or Java

understand software design principles

research and learn new programming tools and techniques

take a systematic approach to solving problems

have experience of using testing to validate solutions

understand agile environments and version control

have a basic understanding about web security and accessibility

have an awareness of technologies used for web applications, e.g databases, backups, CDNs and search, and of Unix-like operating systems, e.g. Linux and/or Mac OS

have experience working on, or with web technologies

Closing date for applications

30 August 2021

Who we are

At the Government Digital Service (GDS), our mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using our unique position at the centre of government, we develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. We believe that ensuring things work for end users is the only way to realise the efficiencies that come with digital transformation.

Our focus is on delivering five missions in the following areas:

GOV.UK as the single and trusted online destination for government information and services

Joined-up services that solve whole problems and span multiple departments

A simple digital identity solution that works for everyone

Common tools and expert services

Joined-up data across departments

You can read more about these missions and our vision for the transformation of government in our 2021-2024 strategy

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

About Company

Company: Government Digital Service –

Company Location:  London

Job Category: Engineering Jobs, Mechnical Jobs, Electrical Jobs

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