In this section you can find information about our benefits, application and interview process, as well as things you need to know about working in the Civil Service.

We've got some great benefits

  • Flexible and mobile working

    We support flexible working as part of building great teams. All our jobs include part time, flexible and hybrid working options.

  • Generous Civil Service Pension

    Average employer contribution of 25%

  • Learning and development

    Training and development including through GDS Academy

  • Annual leave

    25 days, plus bank holidays, 1 privilege day, 1 additional day of leave for every year worked, up to 5 extra days

  • One of the UK's best maternity, adoption and shared parental leave packages

    Up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. Maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks

  • Volunteering work

    3 fully paid days for any volunteering work

  • Occupational sick pay

    6 months full pay and 6 months half pay

  • Childcare vouchers

    Any move to DIT means you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Preparing your application

We use Success Profiles, a framework to assess candidates against a range of elements using a variety of selection methods, therefore giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills required to be successful in the role.

Candidates must submit:

  • a current and relevant CV (adapted to fit the job description)
  • a personal statement of at least 300 words

At sift stage, your personal statement and CV will be marked against each essential criteria listed in the advert. You can use subheadings and bullet points to make it easier for the reader. If we receive a high volume of applications, we will conduct a short sift and read one element of your application e.g. CV only, so ensure that you have demonstrated evidence in both.

Please note, due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback after sift stage. Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

The interview

The job advert lists the technical/specialist skills, experience and behaviours required for the role. There will be a technical element within the interview where you will be asked a series of questions to demonstrate your specific professional skills and knowledge related directly to the job role and context.

Salary and working arrangements

Salary is determined by performance at interview, within the range advertised. Each technical skill is scored between 0-3, representing working towards, at or above the job level requirements. You are awarded a proficiency level accordingly, and you will be given opportunities at least once a year to re assess your capability and progress through the pay scale within your grade.

Candidates moving from another government department have the option to retain their current salary. There may be a possibility of a further extension, or a conversion to a permanent role, of any role advertised as a fixed term appointment, if these options are available at the time.

How to Apply: Tips from Our Team


  • Mention the essential skills and experience & technical skills listed in the job advert and provide short examples in your CV and supporting statement. Tell us why you are interested in the role and DIT - it helps us understand what candidates are looking for and whether they might be a good fit.
  • Apply for a suitable level based on your skills and experience, even if seems like a step down it should never be seen as one, it’s an opportunity for you to learn new skills and explore new opportunities.
  • Reach out to the Hiring Manager for a chat about the role and what might make your application stand out.
  • Do your research into DDaT and the profession you're applying to –it will help your application stand out if you know what you're talking about, what we do and why you're interested in the role.
  • If you have most but not all of the skills required, apply anyway. We are happy to be approached at all levels and refer you to colleagues in other professions. Acknowledge this in your application as a learning point.


  • Upload the wrong CV or cover letter! Make sure that your CV is the most recent, up to date version and that it is tailored to the job advert.
  • Leave it until the night before to apply.
  • Make simple mistakes –take the time to read the job description and understand what we are looking for in our applications!

Working in the Civil Service

1. Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact our DDaT recruitment team before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “guaranteed interview scheme(GIS)” section at the application stage to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

2. Security and Immigration checks

If successful and transferring from another Government department a criminal record check may be carried out. Successful candidates not from another government department must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is either BPSS or security check. Please check the specific requirements on the role you're applying for.

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

3. Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Find more information on whether you are able to apply.

4. Working for the Civil Service:

The Civil Service code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

All civil servants will adhere to the 'Civil Service code’, which outlines the Civil Service's core values, and the standards of behaviour expected of all Civil Servants in upholding these values.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DIT by email at [email protected].

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment. Further information on bringing a complaint can be found on the Civil Service Commission website.

Office location

London - Old Admiralty Building, Admiralty Place, London SW1A 2DY
Darlington - Feethams House, Darlington DL1 5AD
Edinburgh - Queen Elizabeth House, EH8
Belfast - Erskine House, BT1 4GF
Cardiff - Ty William Morgan House, CF10 1XS

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Once this job has been closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records. If invited to an interview you will be sent a copy of the original advert.

For further information regarding this role please contact the DDaT recruitment team at [email protected]

Contact us

If you need more information please contact [email protected]