Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency following DVLA down in-house IT route

DVSA in the market for new in-house digital staff after similar move by the DVLA to bring IT back home

By Civil Service World

27 Oct 2015

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has launched a push to recruit in-house digital staff and reduce its reliance on the private sector, echoing a similar move by sister agency the DVLA.

The DVSA – a Department for Transport executive agency which sets road safety standards – is looking to recruit a batch of new digital staff for its site in Nottingham.

The agency has advertised for a number of posts, including senior digital quality and test engineer; digital delivery manager; and a range of digital developer roles.

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Salaries being offered by the DVSA range from £28,930 to more than £53,000 a year.

DVSA's director of digital services and technology James Munson said he hoped the move would allow the agency "to create and develop services that will meet our customers’ needs in a dynamic environment".

He added: "This is an exciting phase for DVSA’s development and I am confident that we will be able to source and find the right people to help deliver the digital transformation in an agile way that will keep us moving forward."

The agency has previously relied on large private sector IT contractors to develop its digital services, which include a new cloud-based service used by garages to record MOT test results.

Last month, Civil Service World caught up with the DVSA's sister organisation the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, which had just completed a move to bring more than 300 IT staff in-house after decades of outsourcing. The DVLA claims the move will save the agency £225m.

The DVSA was formed through a 2013 merger of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

According to the latest figures, the new agency employs just over 4,200 full-time staff. The DVSA is also currently on the look-out for a new chief executive, with interviews for the £130,000-a-year senior civil service role set to take place in January.

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