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Government Digital Service

WP1315 Developer for GOV.UK Verify

9 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 0 large

11 Completed applications

9 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 9 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
GOV.UK Verify is the new way to prove who you are digitally to interact with your personal data held by government services. We are now tasked with increasing user accounts. We require an interim Developer to facilitate this.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
An initial period of 3 months (with an extension clause for up to 9 months)
Organisation the work is for
Government Digital Service
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Technical team supporting the GOV.UK Verify hub. Technical Business Analyst and a Technical Architect (to be recruited)
What the specialist will work on
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 your wider team, both developers and non-developers. Participate in our in-house (2nd line) support.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Government Digital Service, moving this year from:
Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH to Aldgate East area
Working arrangements
Onsite full-time 5 days a week. Will require occasional travel to various local authority sites
Security clearance
BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) Security Clearance and Disclosure Scotland is required to operate on this project

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard Cabinet Office terms and conditions apply

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
  • Min 2 years experience in back-end development, with detailed knowledge of at least one of Java and Ruby
  • Understanding of software design principles
  • Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques (examples expected)
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • Experience of using testing to validate solutions (examples expected)
  • Understanding of agile environments and version control
  • Understanding about web security and secure development
  • Awareness of technologies used for web applications, e.g databases, backups, CDNs and search, of Unix-like operating systems, eg Linux, Mac OS experience working on, or with web technologies
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Knowledge or experience of working with SAML and Shibboleth
  • Experience of working with external parties
  • Experience or knowledge of front-end development including CSS, JavaScript, HTML

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Open and collaborative team approach
  • Shares skills and knowledge
  • Commitment to team working
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Could you please update us on the lead time for this application?
As published, we expect the worker to be available by 2nd May.
2. Has the HMRC tool been used to clarify the IR35 status of this role ? does it fall inside or outside of IR35 ?
We will assess the role using the HMRC tool before the contract will be issued.