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DTS Developer in Test – 73549
£51,767 – £64,135


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service

Directorate: Digital and Technology Services (DTS)

Job Title: 7 x Senior Developer in Test

Pay Span or equivalent: National £51,767 to £59,590 (Inside the M25 £55,720 to £64,135) 

Location: Birmingham / National

Contract type: Permanent 

This role is aligned to the Senior Developer role within the Technical Job Family and although new recruits to the Civil Service are expected to join at the band minimum, a generous digital allowance is also available based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview and assessed annually.

Merit List:

HMCTS run a Merit List, where candidates who are unsuccessful at interview, by only a few points, can be offered other roles, at the same band, for up to 12 months!

So, it is always a good idea to apply for a role, and try as best as you can at interview, as you never know what future opportunities it may open! You will be able to view your status via the application screen. If you have been added to the Merit List, your status will show either Merit or Reserve list.


These are exciting times at HM Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). As an agency of the MoJ, we support the judiciary across England and Wales to deliver justice by running courts and tribunals and processing outcomes, and we are looking for talented people to help us achieve our ambitions. It will be challenging, important and rewarding.

HMCTS Digital and Technology Services (DTS) is a specialist technology directorate which provides support to HMCTS in the use of IT and Digital.

DTS is creating a place in which it is great to do work and part of our offer is brilliant training opportunities and support from expert colleagues. As well as that you’ll find flexible working, an inclusive culture, and a place where your opinion is valued.

Please follow the link below for further information about HMCTS. 


Our community

We currently have over 1000 experienced developers across MoJ and its agencies who make up the broader software engineering community. You will be able to learn from others, share your knowledge and take part in informal support networks with your peers. You can also take a look at the MoJ developer blog.

The key purpose of the role: 

We are looking for an experienced Senior Developer in Test who is a technically proficient application developer with a strong passion for technical testing and test automation. You will have a strong understanding of automation testing and be able to apply this both in a hands-on approach and when influencing teams of Developers in Test.
You enjoy being involved in the wider development and testing community and will relish playing a pivotal role in helping to shape their culture and in embedding quality and best practices throughout the Test Centre of Excellence here at HMCTS.
The candidate will be expected to have strong automation skills with experience of working closely with developers to plan and create automation test suites with a preference for candidates with Behaviour Driven Development experience. Familiarity with continuous delivery pipelines using Jenkins (or similar) alongside GitHub (or similar) version control is required.

The development squad you are placed on will be agreed closer to your start date, but examples of products can be found in our github repositories:


We rely heavily on

•    Java
•    Express.js framework (Node.js)
•    Angular
•    PostgreSQL
•    Microservices
•    Azure cloud infrastructure
•    Puppeteer, Playwright
•    Cypress
•    CodeceptJS
•    Gatling
•    Saucelabs configuration
•    Pa11y, WAVE, aXe
•    Jenkins for deployment
•    Dynatrace for application monitoring
•    Kubernetes and Docker to run our services
•    Terraform and scripting (python, bash etc.) for managing it
•    Jira/Confluence

Skills and Experience:

•    Sound knowledge in Java for development of enterprise and public facing applications
•    Strong automation skills at both the service and UI level
•    Experience in working with developers to plan and design automation test frameworks and test suites.
•    Sound knowledge of HTTP, at least one web development framework (for example Spring or Jersey), Angular (React or Vue.js may be considered) and JavaScript
•    Sound knowledge of at least one RDBMS (PostgreSQL or similar), XML and JSON
•    Sound knowledge in a wide range of technologies and libraries used in an enterprise, such as logging and monitoring, ORM, authentication/authorisation, cloud hosting environments, systems integration, source control, package management etc
•    Experience of working with modern tools (docker, k8s, infrastructure as code) and techniques 
•    Experience of mentoring, coaching or leading other Developers in Test
•    Experience of performance testing or performance monitoring tools
•    Experience of designing and implementing non-functional tests that will ensure there is coverage of NFRs – specifically performance
•    Strong experience of working with delivery teams using Scrum or Kanban techniques
•    Experience of working closely with the Ops team to help specify test environments
•    Takes an active interest in the testing community via blogs, forums, and conferences
•    You will also want to make a positive impact on the communities we serve
•    You are looking for new technical and leadership challenges
•    You thrive when you work as part of a team
•    You enjoy learning and helping others
•    You hold yourself and others to a high standard
•    You solve problems in a systematic way

Key responsibilities:

•    Establish, monitor, and maintain automated testing. Amending, refactoring, and documenting Automation code to build and maintain automated frameworks, and as required leading on these activities. Adhere to internal process and procedures, promoting and advising others which software development testing standards/processes/procedures apply.
•    Improve existing test automation or design more efficient ways of testing. You will look to improve existing test code or design tests that are faster or more comprehensive relative to existing tests. 
•    Monitor builds and trends across the teams (i.e., sauce lab fails, performance degradation, security issues etc.)
•    Take a test-driven approach to software development, write complex automation test scripts, and participate in testing. Participate in code reviews of own work and lead code reviews of colleagues’ work.
•    Support Infrastructure testing and OAT and DevOps maintenance activities
•    Constantly seek to learn and further develop your skills as required for your role. Monitor changes in the tech stack you use and alert on any major changes affecting our software. Adhere to industry’s best practices, produce well-engineered modern products and guide others to do so in a highly competently manner.
•    Plan the testing on sets of related stories and coordinate integration tasks across systems. Contribute to selection of the software development approach (plan-driven, iterative/agile etc.) for projects. Identify process optimisation opportunities with guidance and support activities to improve the testing process. Choose the most appropriate from a variety of methods of prototyping, actively solicit prototypes with others.
•    Support and maintain software as required, including in the live environment. Use modern tools to identify, troubleshoot and fix faults effectively and thoroughly. Package and deploy software built. Some activities may be outside the core office hours (in-line with the organisation’s policy for OOH).
•    Translate user stories to a proposed design and develop software to meet user needs. Collaborate with user researchers, represent users internally and champion user research to focus on all users.
•    Define, analyse, plan, forecast, measure, maintain and improve all aspects of the availability of services. Control and manage service availability to meet the needs of the business in a cost-effective manner. This includes managing the capability, functionality, and sustainability of service components (for example, hardware, software, network resources and software/infrastructure as a service).
•    Design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact, and business or technical complexity. Take designs through the required governance. Review designs of others to ensure the selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Identify, record and escalate tech debt and medium-level risks.
•    Define the integration build. Coordinate build activities across systems and undertake and support integration testing activities.
•    Guide and advise others on technical areas of testing, modern development standards and approaches to understand user stories. Coach and mentor more junior colleagues. Lead on and participate in recruitment as required.
•    Participate in and lead on procurement activities as required.

Other duties:
The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.

Application process:

1.    In the first instance you will need to submit your application and CV through Civil Service Jobs.
2.    The team will then sift applications to find the most suitable candidates. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback after the CV review (sift) stage. 
3.    Successful candidates will then be invited to an interview, currently done via MS Teams which will consist of a coding challenge, a live coding test, a DDaT assessment and a Behaviours assessment against Communicating and Influencing & Making Effective Decisions

Flexible working options
HMCTS offers a flexible working system across all of its digital hubs.

Job sharing and reduced hours
All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy.

What can we offer you?
•    A generous pension scheme on average of up to 27%
•    25 days leave, plus 8 bank holidays, plus 1 privilege day usually taken around the King’s birthday
•    1 additional day of leave for every year you work, up to a maximum of 5 extra days
•    Flexible working, whether it’s working from home or remotely, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours, we have people doing it and are happy to discuss options with you
•    Access to great training and development through Civil Service Learning and the dedicated Capability Team 
•    Great maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
•    Bike loans and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
•    Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, and eye-care vouchers.
•    Up to 5 days paid leave per year for voluntary work you may wish to undertake
•    We also currently have employee-run networks for colleagues of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, those with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees which you will be eligible to join. 

We are passionate about career development and to help support this, we offer a number of training and development platforms that employees will have access to. Working with your manager, you will be given the support and time required to complete agreed courses, as part of your personal development plan.

•    Pluralsight – Over 7000 video training courses created by over 1400 subject-matter experts, covering a wide range of software development related skills.
•    Microsoft Enterprise Skills Initiative – a range of Azure focused courses that can lead to Microsoft Certification.
•    Civil Service Learning – a wide variety of online training to help support your role as a Civil Servant.


The national salary range is £51,767 - £59,590, London salary range is £55,720 - £64,135. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: