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Our office locations

GDS has offices and opportunities in the following locations:

  • Whitechapel Building London
  • 3 Glass Wharf Bristol
  • Piccadilly Gate Manchester

How the selection process works

Our assessment is based on the Civil Service Success Profiles framework, and we start with gathering evidence that candidates have the experience and the skills required for the role.

We will inform you when your application is shortlisted, and, depending on the role, we may schedule remote or in-person assessments for the next stage.

We receive many applications, and unfortunately we’re not able to provide feedback for candidates who aren’t shortlisted.

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition.

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Pay Framework

We are implementing our new digital data and technology pay framework. This has been bought in to:

  • recognise specialist skills, with clear progression steps per role
  • enable us to use non-pensionable specialist allowances that reflect capability levels
  • to ensure consistency, fairness and transparency across our employees pay
  • allows for annual increases on base salary

For all Civil Servants standard terms and conditions apply.

Complaints Procedure

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission by email: Or in writing: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.

Security and immigration checks

Candidates have to meet UK immigration requirements and should have the right to work and reside in the UK before applying for a role.

Successful candidates will be required to meet security vetting requirements before they can be appointed, which will involve a disclosure and barring security check. The level of security vetting required is dependent on the role and outlined in Security vetting for GDS employees. (Security Vetting for GDS employees.docx - 16KB)

You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 years and in some cases 5 years before applying for this role, as we’re required to check your address history for security vetting.

There might be exceptions if you were abroad in an official role as a government representative, or serving with HM Forces. If you’re not sure you’re eligible based on any of these points, contact us for clarification or advice.

Nationality requirements

To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the CSNRs which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks. As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  • UK nationals
  • Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  • Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

You can read full guidance on CSNRs guidance on Changes_to_the_Civil_Service_Nationality_Rules_from_1_January_2021_-_Guidance_and_departmental_actions.pdf

Working for the Civil Service

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

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. As part of our commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, if you have a disability defined by the Equality Act 2010, you're eligible to apply via the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). All disabled applicants who apply using the scheme and meet the essential criteria will be invited to the next stage.

Further Eligibility Considerations

Internal opportunities are only open for applications from internal staff. Applications outside of the department will not be considered. Applications received externally of the department may be considered for our talent pool.

Opportunities available across the Civil Service are only open to applications from existing Civil Servants only. Applications outside of the Civil Service will not be considered. Applications received external of the Civil Service may be considered for our talent pool.

External opportunities are open for applications from existing Civil Servants and external applicants.

If you work within another Government department and are still in your probationary period or under current disciplinary or performance management procedures you may not be eligible to apply for vacancies within this department. Please email us to check before applying.