GDS seeks external developers for project to increase Verify adoption

Written by Sam Trendall on 28 April 2018 in News
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Agency looks for four senior coders to spend six months in Whitechapel as identity-assurance service looks to hit key targets

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The Government Digital Service is looking to bring in a clutch of external developers to support a project to drive the uptake and performance of the Verify identity assurance tool.

The organisation is currently advertising on the Digital Marketplace for additional “development capability” to help make good on a number of key targets the Verify service is aiming to achieve over the coming months. These include increasing the number of users, and reducing the amount of time it takes for them to ultimately be connected to services via Verify. 

Another target is to improve the service’s reporting and analytics functions, and ensuring its “interoperability with European digital-identity schemes”. GDS is also looking to “perform critical upgrades” to Verify over the coming months, as well as improving by 5-10 percentage points the number of visits to the platform that result in a completed transaction.


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“Verify is committed to certain levels of service level assurance [and] availability and the on-boarding of both services and identity assurance partners that this work directly supports,” GDS said. “Furthermore, we have committed to an increase in uptake targets that need improvements in the system journey to realise.”

GDS is looking to bring in four additional senior developers for a period of six months, commencing on 1 June. They will work full time at the organisation’s headquarters in east London, and will join a “multi-disciplinary digital team including user researchers, designers, product and delivery managers”.

Those wishing to bid for the work must have security clearance or be willing to go through the process of obtaining it, at a cost of about £100 per person.

GDS will evaluate developers from a maximum of three suppliers. Key skills needed include expertise in using the Java and Ruby languages, and “proven experience with microservice architecture”.

Bids are open until Monday 7 May. 

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