The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) has released a 'Technical Architects recruitment guide'. The agency hopes to attract more technical architects by describing its recruitment process, thereby helping candidates to prepare better for the job interviews and making these more accessible to people unfamiliar with the Civil Service Commission recruitment principles.
To prepare for the technical part of the recruitment process, the guide refers to the GitHub repository of GDS, where interested people can get an impression of the technologies used by the agency, and how its projects are structured.
Open source and open standards
GBP 1.7 billion in year-on-year savings
GDS has a history of deploying (and publishing) open source software for its productions. The GOV.UK portal, for example, is powered by the PostgreSQL database system. And last year the agency was looking for an Open Source Lead.
The GDS was established six years ago, bringing together six elements of the government's existing digital services in one place at the Cabinet Office. Its main task is to transform government digital services. Open standards and open source have been strategic parts of its work [1, 2].
According to an internal audit report, in 2015 the GDS contributed at least GBP 1.7 billion in year-on-year savings to the government budget.