The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has put out a call for digital jobseekers to apply to work with the department’s newly formed digital services division to help transform its public servers into online products.
Roger Oldham, deputy director of digital services, wrote in a blog that every year nine million people come into contact with the justice system, using ‘some of the most complex services’ in government, and if the department is going to provide digital access to these services, it needs good people.
“Our new digital services division is leading a digital transformation that touches every part of the department: 65,000 staff, 133 prisons, 500 courts and tribunals, 45 public bodies, and millions of interactions with users,” said Oldham.
“We’re looking for talented developers, tech archs, interaction designers, product managers, content designers and agile delivery managers to help us deliver world class digital services.”
He added: “This is an exciting time, and big challenges lie ahead, but we’re starting to put a team in place to meet those challenges. Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining us. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The MoJ’s plans include delivering four ‘exemplar digital services’ by March 2015: prisoner visits booking; civil claims; fee payment; and digital transformation of the Office of the Public Guardian.
It will also digitally redesign all other services, prioritising those handling over 100,000 transactions per year.
This digital by default drive follows the release of the government’s Digital Strategy, which said that by digitising transactions the public could save £1.7 billion a year after 2015.
Oldham said: “It’s hard to overstate how radical this idea really is in changing our whole approach to services: designing them around the user and delivering them online – and only online – wherever possible.”