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GDS Builds DDaT Jobs Framework

GDS Builds DDaT Jobs Framework

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has built a framework of digital, data and technology (DDaT) jobs to create consistency across departments.

Former Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and now GDS advisor on digital data and technology, Ariff Harbot, said the framework aims to create a “common set of roles, skills and career paths that every government department can use.”

He added: “through a shared framework, departments are better positioned to attract and retain talent and more effective at both building and upskilling capability.”

Harbott joined GDS on a short-term basis in autumn 2016 to lead the programme to develop skills, recruitment, training and career paths for IT experts across the civil service.

The project was launched last year and brought together more than 600 people from DDaT communities and civil servants from across government in order to “ join in a coordinated approach and agree a common language” for DDaT roles.

Harbott added: “this framework is a living asset, not a final product.

“It allows departments and communities across government to adapt it to their own environments and provides insight into what is and isn’t working.”

Some departments are already piloting the framework in order for the team to develop guidance and further job descriptions.

The framework is part of a commitment from GDS and was set out in the government’s transformation strategy with the aim to have “one of the most digitally skilled populations of civil servants in the world” by 2020.

Director General of the GDS, Kevin Cunnington, said the framework is a “significant step forward in enabling departments to attract, recruit and retain the specialists they need in a very competitive marketplace”.

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