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Junior Developer - Ministry of Justice - UK

Salary: London £34,262 - £41,749 / National £30,451 - £37,412 depending on skills and experience. This will include an allowance of up to £7,487.
Contract type: Permanent
Grade: HEO
Number of open roles: 1
Location: London/ National. Birmingham/ Nottingham/ Sheffield/ Glasgow
Hours: 37 hours/week (42 hours incl. lunch)
Working pattern: Full time, flexible hours
Interview location: Video Call

Closing Date: 15/02/2022

We’re recruiting for a Junior Developer here at MoJ Digital & Technology, to be part of our warm and collaborative Legal Aid Agency

To help picture your life at MoJ D&T please take a look at our blog and our Digital & Technology strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Junior Developer at MoJ you will have technical and people responsibilities.


  • with guidance, write clean, secure and well-tested code
  • with guidance, develop software to meet user needs
  • be aware of but not responsible for security
  • follow our engineering standards, tooling and processes


  • Help to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance

You will be a member of a multidisciplinary team, learning to write code and operate software in one of our product teams.

If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!

Our tech stack

We rely heavily on:

  • Ruby, Python and Java to write our application code
  • Circle CI for deployment
  • Sentry for application monitoring
  • Kubernetes and Docker to schedule and run our services (read about our Cloud Platform)
  • AWS for most of our infrastructure
  • GOV.UK Design System for our web interfaces
  • Macs to do all of the above

We’re happy to help you learn our tech stack once you’re part of our team. Check out GitHub for a closer look at the technology we use. We subscribe to the manifesto for agile software development.

Person Specification


  • You have some experience of software development, either in a junior role or through a bootcamp/ university
  • You can write clean, secure and well-tested code under direction of others
  • You thrive when you work as part of a team
  • You have a desire and willingness to learn and develop
  • You hold yourself and others to a high standard
  • You solve problems in a systematic way

We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.

Our values are Purpose, Humanity Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.


LAA Digital is a part of MOJ Digital and Technology. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is rapidly transforming and LAA Digital’s mission is to help people get the legal support they need by building world-class services that put the user first, overhauling the legacy technology that underpins our systems and making better use of data to improve our services.

LAA Digital has a diverse portfolio of products and services to suit a wide range of developer skills. We have a mature, in-house software development team, building services with both public and professional user interfaces, built on top of our APIs and Cloud Platform. The product team you are placed on will be agreed closer to your start date but examples of products include:

  • software for legal professionals, like ‘Claim for Crown Court Defence’: https://github.com/ministryofjustice/Claim-for-Crown-Court-Defence
  • Proxies between different parts of the justice system, like ‘LAA Court Data Adaptor’: https://github.com/ministryofjustice/laa-court-data-adaptor
  • software for legal aid providers, like ‘Apply for legal aid’: https://github.com/ministryofjustice/laa-apply-for-legal-aid
  • API providing Legal Framework details to the Apply for legal aid service https://github.com/ministryofjustice/legal-framework-api
  • Web app for viewing data from HMCTS's "Common Platform" https://github.com/ministryofjustice/laa-court-data-ui

You will work with user researchers, product managers, designers, business analysts, delivery managers and content specialists who share a vision for making better government through smarter use of technology.

In legal aid, the products exist to:

  • get legal help, advice and assistance outside of court, for civil cases
  • get legal advice in police stations, for criminal cases
  • get ongoing legal representation in court by applying for civil and criminal legal aid
  • get a contract to deliver legal aid services, receive bills and pay legal aid providers

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a CV and Cover letter which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above.

In D&T, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability andSuccess Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process:

  • Working together
  • Developing self & others

Your application will be reviewed against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.

Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1.5 hour panel interview held via video conference.


  • 37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours.
  • We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc.
  • 10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person
  • Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary.
  • 25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day usually taken around the Queens’ birthday. 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service.
  • Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, 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!
  • Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.
  • Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT
  • Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers.
  • 5 days volunteering paid leave.
  • Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym.

Terms & Conditions

Please review our Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role and salary arrangements.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact recruitment@digital.justice.gov.uk