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What we do at GDS

GDS is a digital product agency that sits right at the heart of the UK government, in the Cabinet Office.

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We design and protect the user experience of digital government

We pride ourselves on building simple and accessible digital services that work for absolutely everyone in society. It’s an exciting time to be joining GDS – you will get to be part of designing the future of services that impact millions of people every day right across the UK.

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GOV.UK is the online home of government information and services. GOV.UK is an integral part of our national infrastructure, essential to living, studying and working in the UK.

Millions of people visit daily for everything from registering a death to paying their taxes. We want to make it quicker and easier for users to access information and services, helping them to receive the full support that they are entitled to.

A new universal login that is already making public services easier to access online for more than 1.5 million people.

The system allows users to have just one account, one username, one password and one identity check to use Government services such as signing a mortgage deed or requesting a DBS check, without having to repeatedly provide their information.

These are a common core infrastructure of shared digital systems, technology and processes on which it’s easy to build brilliant, user-centric government services.

Examples include GOV.UK Pay and GOV.UK Notify.

Roles and professions at GDS

We’re a team of around 700 product managers, software engineers, technical architects, designers, user researchers and other digital experts.

When you join GDS, you could find a role in:

Digital, Data & Technology:

  • Architecture
  • Data
  • IT operations 
  • Product and delivery
  • Quality assurance testing (QAT) 
  • Software development
  • User-centred design

Business functions:

  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • People & Recruitment
  • Strategy

The actual impact of the work that we do is a massive reason to get out of bed in the morning. Having good digital government makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

So the more that we can do in GDS to enable people to just get on with their lives and do the things they need to do as easily and quickly as possible, the better. And I love being a part of that journey.

Aisling Sweeney

Content Designer, GOV.UK

A specialist pay approach for Digital, Data and Technology roles

The pay framework for Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) roles offers an additional, non-pensionable allowance on top of your base pay. It’s based on your role level, working location and skill level. 

Our mission at GDS

To find out more about what we do, read about our strategy for 2021 to 2024.

What it’s like to work at GDS

Learn more about where you could work and the culture at GDS.

The Government Digital Service

Go back to the GDS department page.

How we promote diversity and inclusion

Find out what we do to make sure GDS has a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment.