Department for Work & Pensions

DWP Mobile Apps Backend Developer

6 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 0 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 20 September 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 4 October 2022 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Supply of resource: the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company
Summary of the work
You will be responsible for low-level design and development of REST-APIs to support mobile applications. Responsible for writing Code following best practices: secure, performant, scalable, inline with the Department’s standards and well documented. The developer will be open to code reviews as well as reviewing their peer’s code.
Latest start date
Monday 17 October 2022
Expected contract length
6 Months
North West England
Organisation the work is for
Department for Work & Pensions
Maximum day rate
£650.00 inside of IR35

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be working as part of an internal multidisciplinary Mobility product team and will have access to team members, both technical and non technical, and leadership.
What the specialist will work on
You will be working as part of an internal multidisciplinary Mobility product team helping to develop mobile apps improving user experience. The software engineer will be responsible for the low-level design and development of a number of REST APIs to support mobile applications as part of a DWP team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Manchester HUB 2 St Peter’s Square | Manchester - M2 3AA
Working arrangements
Working arrangements will be a blend of remote working and working from the Manchester HUB site, you will spend roughly 40% of your time onsite and 60% at home.
Security clearance
BPSS minimum security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Must be able to develop REST APIs using NodeJS
  • Must be able to develop and consume relational databases using tools such as PostgreSQL and MySQL
  • Must be able to develop and consume NoSQL databases such as MongoDB
  • Quality and Security tested before deployment
  • Use strict content security policies and guard against common OWASP attacks.
  • Must be able to use Git
  • Must have experience developing REST APIs with NodeJS 16+
  • Familiar with working with a CI/CD pipeline such as GitLab
  • Familiar with consuming onward REST APIs
  • Must have experience developing for a Microservices infrastructure
  • Continuous Integration using the central GitLab source control and CI Platform
  • Must be able to develop APIs to meet the needs of the service, process and data
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Familiar with building APIs that will be consumed by Mobile Apps
  • Experience with AWS Lambda (serverless funcitons) and AWS API gateway
  • Familiar with deployment to AWS infrastructure

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work collaboratively with team members, other stakeholders, users and suppliers
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent
No this is a new role

The deadline for asking questions about this opportunity was Tuesday 27 September 2022.