GDS seeks to hire more Verify developers

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The Government Digital Service is seeking to hire a team of five or six senior or lead developers to drive adoption of its identity assurance programme GOV.UK Verify.

Verify, which went live in May 2016, intends to offer citizens a single log-in for a range of government services by enabling certified firms to check their identities using payment histories, like mortgages, and photographic ID.

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that GDS has lost focus on the longer term strategic case for the programme, where some people faced difficulties in using it and departments took much time to adopt it.

With further development capability, the government intends to drive the adoption of Verify through delivering on the technical projects described, making the project work better for citizens.

It will include the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems, working in pair and mop programming in the listed areas.

The senior level development team should support its work in eIDAS (working to consume identities from Europe, and potentially allow re-use of Verify identities in Europe); onboarding (improving how Government services onboard to use Verify); DCS (continuous development on Document Checking Service); hub/frontend (A/B tests, improvements to release processes, etc).

The Government supported the Verify service, through the Government Transformation Strategy, and pledged to sign-up more than 25 million users to Verify by 2020.

Presently, there are only about 1.3 million users for Verify and GDS is vigorously striving to add more users to Verify by making it work better.

As part of this, the GDS has tried to deploy Verify pilots on local governments and is now increasing its workforce.

Work, which is expected to start this July, is expected to last for about six months. GDS says that the budget for this project could range between £550,000 and £650,000.