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Job summary

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.  

Role Title: Senior Software Engineer

Grade: SEO

Salary: £40,808 – £57,400

The role is part of the Government Digital and Data profession and utilises an enhanced Capability–Based Pay Framework which provides access to a Digital and Data allowance.

The base pay is £40,808. In addition to this the role includes a Digital and Data allowance of up to £16,592.

The value of allowance awarded will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated through the selection process.

Please note, the new Capability–Based Pay Framework comes into effect on 1st August 2024, and this will be the earliest available start date for this role.

Here are more details on the pay framework.

Can you see yourself working with the latest technologies reaching 50 million users?

If so, we are expanding our team and would love to hear from you!

As part of our ongoing mission to support and develop all staff within the DVLA, you will be given a high spec Macbook and we will help you to achieve certification in areas such as AWS and Java, as well as giving you the freedom and support necessary to perform in your role and continuously develop your skill set.

Job description

The DVLA deliver wide reaching digital services to the UK public and industry. We maintain the national record of vehicles and drivers. If you have applied for a driving licence, changed vehicle, re-licensed your vehicle or completed a vehicle enquiry you would have used one of our services.

The time is right to join one of the leading agile, cloud and technical departments in the government, one that is constantly pushing the boundaries of technological innovation to find, develop, and introduce new and innovative technological advancements. On a modern cloud platform, we work with a range of industry-leading technologies, such as serverless, Docker, and Kubernetes.

Within and between our teams, we have a friendly and stable engineering community. Keeping work life enjoyable is key to us, and we strive to ensure the efficient and secure use of software and infrastructure.

Our current deliveries include:

  • Two major programmes of work, modernising our drivers and vehicles services and systems
  • Entirely new services including a new customer portal, mobile digital driving licence and identity platform
  • The DVLA digital payment service that helps us collect around 6 billion pounds a year
  • New versions of key driving licence services that will help us to reduce paper forms, reduce waiting times and to enable all of our customers to transact digitally.

As part of our core business services, you will work with Java and SpringBoot alongside tools like OpenAPI. No specific Java experience is needed. All you need is a passion for building clean, maintainable, and secure applications using an object-oriented language.

If you’re working on the front-end, you’ll be developing applications and reusable components using a combination of Ruby on Rails and React. You will also have the opportunity to build and develop our external and internal UIs, so this is an exciting opportunity to deliver far reaching, intuitive and accessible front-end systems.


Include but not limited to:

  • Working within a technical framework of the project to meet customer requirements
  • Developing Software in an agile team environment
  • Application Support
  • Working closely with business analysts and agile delivery managers to prepare and review user stories and tasks
  • Some testing responsibilities
  • Mentoring junior developers within the team.

Would you like to find out more about the role, the digital team and what it’s like to work at DVLA? If so, we are organising a familiarisation session where you can virtually ‘meet the team’ on Wednesday 12th June at 12:30PM.

Please click here to book on.

Additional information 

This role will be based in Swansea, and we will be operating a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and on-site giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work, subject to business needs and this also allows for ongoing support, development, and collaboration with colleagues.

Therefore, the expectation is that you will spend a minimum of 60% of your working time based at your principal workplace (DVLA). We would encourage you to discuss the working arrangements for this role with us during the recruitment process.

Applications will be accepted from full time/part time/job sharers. Full time roles at DVLA consist of 37 hours per week. Part time and/or flexible working may also be available subject to the needs of the business. If you have a flexible or part time working requirement, you should contact the vacancy holder in advance of making an application to avoid possible disappointment later in the process should your desired working arrangements not be compatible with the requirements of the role. To contact the vacancy holder, please use the job contact details listed under ‘Contact point for applicants’.

Person specification

  • You will be experienced working as a software engineer across multiple teams and projects, developing software using a variety of modern technologies and tools.
  • A passion for back-end, front-end development, security or serverless technology.
  • You will need to be comfortable in using modern CI/CD tooling with an understanding of languages such as Java, Ruby, C#, HTML, Python or similar. As we develop we are committed to the development of our employees, so we will help you achieve certification in these areas as well as AWS and Azure.
  • You need to have a passion for modern software development technologies and standard methodologies.
  • You would need to have had to communicate with engineering peers and business partners.

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have a number of staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues.

Working for the DVLA Digital Team

At DVLA, licensing is just the start. Every project you implement, touch and deliver has a ripple effect that’ll wash across the nation. Here the work you’re doing has the capacity to change the way 50 million people interact with our services. As we aim to keep our roads some of the safest in the world, our innovative, transformative digital-led services help optimise a nation of individuals and business every single day.

To see how our people are transforming our digital services, head over to our DVLA Digital Services Blog and, to understand more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVLA read our Inside DVLA blog.

We have recently posted an insightful blog, where our Principal Engineer covers some hot topics across our Software Development areas which you can find here, “DVLA Software Developer: Behind the Screens”.

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