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Female Tech Talent at The Home Office

By Home Office Digital, Data and Technology

Our mission at Manchester Digital is to help end inequality and increase diversity in the technology and digital sector. Digital Her exists to address these issues, by inspiring and encouraging more women across Greater Manchester to consider careers in technology and digital. 

We look to harness the power of our members and use real role models to inspire and empower a new generation of women into the industry. 

At the Home Office, their people reflect the diversity of their customers and the user experience. You see the importance of recruiting people from different backgrounds and with different points of view to ultimately make them a stronger organisation and able to deliver outstanding growth.

Therefore, Manchester Digital wishes to shine a spotlight on some of The Home Office's exceptional female talent working in their digital and tech teams.    

Zahra, Lead Engineer

What do you do, and how did you get into your current role?

I am a Lead Engineer and I design and implement cloud native solutions. I always enjoyed creative subjects like arts and crafts but I really thrived in more academic subjects like science and maths. Software engineering seemed like a perfect mix of both, where I can use my logical mindset to solve problems and my creativity to think out of the box.

What do you love most about working in digital and tech?

I love learning and upskilling myself; the everchanging technological landscape keeps me on my toes.

What's been your biggest achievement/proudest moment so far?

When my first code passed all the quality clearances and went into production years ago. I still have the same sense of accomplishment every time my work goes “live”.

What do you love about working for the Home Office Digital, Data and Technology team and how have they supported your career development so far?

Being able to pass on the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the years is a fulfilling task as it not only allows me help the future talent of Home Office but it also demonstrates how far I have come as an engineer. Every day I am challenged and provided exceptional support to excel these challenges. 

What advice would you give to a girl thinking about a career in digital and tech? 

Don’t let anybody tell you that tech isn’t for you. It is one of the most diverse, innovative and rewarding spaces.

Provide 3 words covering what you would say about yourself re your performance and achievements...

I am adaptable, pragmatic and determined!

Thank you Zahra!


Nayyab, Senior Developer

What do you do, and how did you get into your current role?

I am a senior developer for the international law enforcement portfolio working in digital and data technologies that keep the UK safe. Before joining my current role, I was a research associate in Smart Mobile Cloud Computing and a Technical research manager for digital commodity trading and blockchain platforms.

What do you love most about working in digital and tech?

Digital technology is fast-paced and ever-evolving, and with an immense impact on our daily lives. Every so often, a new challenge keeps my problem solving and inquisitive nature satisfied in an ongoing learning cycle.

What's been your biggest achievement/proudest moment so far?

I am a proud Civil Servant, and I like what I do, and because of that fact, I’m good at it. Sometimes, I find success when I’m good enough or better than average, sometimes I don’t. But for me, it’s becoming something better, finding breakthroughs to do things better. This is what’s important for me.

What do you love about working for the Home Office Digital, Data and Technology team and how have they supported your career development so far?

Digital and data technology is a flexible and inclusive team where we modernise and converge our solutions, reducing our reliance on external suppliers and reducing the technical debt and legacy software systems, saving taxpayer’s money. 

I am encouraged to lead my professional development myself in a reflective manner by keeping a log of my goals and working on them with a mentor.

What advice would you give to a girl thinking about a career in digital and tech? 

Reach out and Lean in. Never hesitate to ask what is not clear to get your tasks/projects done. The more you ask, the more you learn. In digital and tech, everyone is learning continuously, so you can always be a part of it.

Provide 3 words covering what you would say about yourself re your performance and achievements...

I am conscientious, determined and a changemaker.

Thank you Nayyab!


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Check out this jobs campaign page to learn more and apply. Register for job updatesRegister your interest with us to receive information about our roles, stories about our people and projects relevant to your preferences (you can opt out at anytime).  Hear from our engineers Watch this short video and hear from our engineers about their projects, why delivering public services for UK citizens at the Home Office can positively impact millions of lives every day doing engineering work that really matters . -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Home OfficeThe Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police. Every day, our work delivers outcomes for UK citizens, providing them with the means to travel the world, tackling illegal migration and removing foreign national offenders, disrupting terrorist attacks and organised criminal groups, stopping people from becoming victims of crime and supporting those who require asylum and safeguarding.To achieve all this, we rely on talented people with a wide range of skills. This includes digital, data and technology skills, where we are seeking to increase our civil service recruitment and have plans to recruit significant numbers in Manchester, Sheffield, Croydon and Glasgow. Learn more about our work and organisation Why join Home Office Digital, Data and Technology?Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) designs, builds and develops services for the rest of the department and for government. Our role is to enable transformation through improved business efficiency. The DDaT function is made up of around 1,700 staff, augmented by a number of supplier partners. Every year our systems support up to 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, up to 7 million passport applications and deliver 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property. The scale of our projects is matched only by the opportunities for our people.We are a friendly team who will support and challenge you to contribute. Our culture is inclusive, progressive and values the unique contributions everyone makes. Our tech strategy is also clear: we work in agile product- and user-centred teams, with cloud native and interdisciplinary working as the focus. Digital inclusion, accessibility and forming a technical community across departments are also key. Our main delivery centres are in Croydon, Sheffield and Manchester with satellite offices in Southport, Westminster, Liverpool, west London and north London. The team in Manchester is based in The Soapworks, which is within the Media City boundary, 1½ miles from Manchester city centre, 2½ miles away from Manchester Piccadilly station and a 2-minute walk from the Exchange Quay tram stop. We offer a range of benefits for staff, including outstanding pensions schemes and a serious focus on continuous professional development.  Learning and DevelopmentWe offer Learning and Development opportunities relevant to your role, which could include: AWS training and certification, Azure training and certification, O’Reilly Books as well as high quality management training, for example.In addition, we offer allocated study leave and support when studying for a relevant qualification or other accredited development. This may include BCS Membership, for example, or study towards a degree or masters qualification. Diversity & Inclusion We are committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, creating a welcoming, inclusive workforce where people can bring their whole selves to work. We’re proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the Civil Service, a Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation Top 75 employer. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and are a Disability Confident Leader. Our benefits A competitive starting salaries for your gradeAn additional allowance of up to £13,700 for candidates with exceptional skills and experienceA Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending on salary A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity Learning and development tailored to your roleAn environment with flexible working options25 days annual leave on appointment, rising to 30 days after 10 years' service, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day additional privilege dayWe also offer:Season ticket loans and rental deposit loans Cycle to work and payroll givingEmployee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym membership A variety of staff recognition schemes Health and wellbeing initiativesStaff support networksMaternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaidUp to 5 days paid leave for volunteeringStudy leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your roleJoin us and make a difference If you’re looking for a digital career where your work really matters and you get the opportunity to build your CV on projects that will help you stand out from the crowd, see our current available roles on Civil Service Jobs. You can also read our blog to learn more about our people and the brilliant work they do.

Home Office Digital, Data and Technology
Senior Developer

What's NewJoin us at our upcoming Home Office Software Engineering & DevOps recruitment event to hear from the team about our organisation, our roles on offer and the recruitment process. The event will take place on 6 December at 12pm. Sign up now to secure your place. We're recruiting!  We're advertising for a number of roles across a variety of levels and specialisms at the Home Office within the Software Engineering profession. Check out this jobs campaign page to learn more and apply. Register for job updatesRegister your interest with us to receive information about our roles, stories about our people and projects relevant to your preferences (you can opt out at anytime).  Hear from our engineers Watch this short video and hear from our engineers about their projects, why delivering public services for UK citizens at the Home Office can positively impact millions of lives every day doing engineering work that really matters . -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Home OfficeThe Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police. Every day, our work delivers outcomes for UK citizens, providing them with the means to travel the world, tackling illegal migration and removing foreign national offenders, disrupting terrorist attacks and organised criminal groups, stopping people from becoming victims of crime and supporting those who require asylum and safeguarding.To achieve all this, we rely on talented people with a wide range of skills. This includes digital, data and technology skills, where we are seeking to increase our civil service recruitment and have plans to recruit significant numbers in Manchester, Sheffield, Croydon and Glasgow. Learn more about our work and organisation Why join Home Office Digital, Data and Technology?Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) designs, builds and develops services for the rest of the department and for government. Our role is to enable transformation through improved business efficiency. The DDaT function is made up of around 1,700 staff, augmented by a number of supplier partners. Every year our systems support up to 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, up to 7 million passport applications and deliver 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property. The scale of our projects is matched only by the opportunities for our people.We are a friendly team who will support and challenge you to contribute. Our culture is inclusive, progressive and values the unique contributions everyone makes. Our tech strategy is also clear: we work in agile product- and user-centred teams, with cloud native and interdisciplinary working as the focus. Digital inclusion, accessibility and forming a technical community across departments are also key. Our main delivery centres are in Croydon, Sheffield and Manchester with satellite offices in Southport, Westminster, Liverpool, west London and north London. The team in Manchester is based in The Soapworks, which is within the Media City boundary, 1½ miles from Manchester city centre, 2½ miles away from Manchester Piccadilly station and a 2-minute walk from the Exchange Quay tram stop. We offer a range of benefits for staff, including outstanding pensions schemes and a serious focus on continuous professional development.  Learning and DevelopmentWe offer Learning and Development opportunities relevant to your role, which could include: AWS training and certification, Azure training and certification, O’Reilly Books as well as high quality management training, for example.In addition, we offer allocated study leave and support when studying for a relevant qualification or other accredited development. This may include BCS Membership, for example, or study towards a degree or masters qualification. Diversity & Inclusion We are committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, creating a welcoming, inclusive workforce where people can bring their whole selves to work. We’re proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the Civil Service, a Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation Top 75 employer. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and are a Disability Confident Leader. Our benefits A competitive starting salaries for your gradeAn additional allowance of up to £13,700 for candidates with exceptional skills and experienceA Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending on salary A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity Learning and development tailored to your roleAn environment with flexible working options25 days annual leave on appointment, rising to 30 days after 10 years' service, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day additional privilege dayWe also offer:Season ticket loans and rental deposit loans Cycle to work and payroll givingEmployee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym membership A variety of staff recognition schemes Health and wellbeing initiativesStaff support networksMaternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaidUp to 5 days paid leave for volunteeringStudy leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your roleJoin us and make a difference If you’re looking for a digital career where your work really matters and you get the opportunity to build your CV on projects that will help you stand out from the crowd, see our current available roles on Civil Service Jobs. You can also read our blog to learn more about our people and the brilliant work they do.

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What's NewJoin us at our upcoming Home Office Software Engineering & DevOps recruitment event to hear from the team about our organisation, our roles on offer and the recruitment process. The event will take place on 6 December at 12pm. Sign up now to secure your place. We're recruiting!  We're advertising for a number of roles across a variety of levels and specialisms at the Home Office within the Software Engineering profession. Check out this jobs campaign page to learn more and apply. Register for job updatesRegister your interest with us to receive information about our roles, stories about our people and projects relevant to your preferences (you can opt out at anytime).  Hear from our engineers Watch this short video and hear from our engineers about their projects, why delivering public services for UK citizens at the Home Office can positively impact millions of lives every day doing engineering work that really matters . -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Home OfficeThe Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police. Every day, our work delivers outcomes for UK citizens, providing them with the means to travel the world, tackling illegal migration and removing foreign national offenders, disrupting terrorist attacks and organised criminal groups, stopping people from becoming victims of crime and supporting those who require asylum and safeguarding.To achieve all this, we rely on talented people with a wide range of skills. This includes digital, data and technology skills, where we are seeking to increase our civil service recruitment and have plans to recruit significant numbers in Manchester, Sheffield, Croydon and Glasgow. Learn more about our work and organisation Why join Home Office Digital, Data and Technology?Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) designs, builds and develops services for the rest of the department and for government. Our role is to enable transformation through improved business efficiency. The DDaT function is made up of around 1,700 staff, augmented by a number of supplier partners. Every year our systems support up to 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, up to 7 million passport applications and deliver 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property. The scale of our projects is matched only by the opportunities for our people.We are a friendly team who will support and challenge you to contribute. Our culture is inclusive, progressive and values the unique contributions everyone makes. Our tech strategy is also clear: we work in agile product- and user-centred teams, with cloud native and interdisciplinary working as the focus. Digital inclusion, accessibility and forming a technical community across departments are also key. Our main delivery centres are in Croydon, Sheffield and Manchester with satellite offices in Southport, Westminster, Liverpool, west London and north London. The team in Manchester is based in The Soapworks, which is within the Media City boundary, 1½ miles from Manchester city centre, 2½ miles away from Manchester Piccadilly station and a 2-minute walk from the Exchange Quay tram stop. We offer a range of benefits for staff, including outstanding pensions schemes and a serious focus on continuous professional development.  Learning and DevelopmentWe offer Learning and Development opportunities relevant to your role, which could include: AWS training and certification, Azure training and certification, O’Reilly Books as well as high quality management training, for example.In addition, we offer allocated study leave and support when studying for a relevant qualification or other accredited development. This may include BCS Membership, for example, or study towards a degree or masters qualification. Diversity & Inclusion We are committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, creating a welcoming, inclusive workforce where people can bring their whole selves to work. We’re proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the Civil Service, a Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation Top 75 employer. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and are a Disability Confident Leader. Our benefits A competitive starting salaries for your gradeAn additional allowance of up to £13,700 for candidates with exceptional skills and experienceA Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending on salary A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity Learning and development tailored to your roleAn environment with flexible working options25 days annual leave on appointment, rising to 30 days after 10 years' service, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day additional privilege dayWe also offer:Season ticket loans and rental deposit loans Cycle to work and payroll givingEmployee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym membership A variety of staff recognition schemes Health and wellbeing initiativesStaff support networksMaternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaidUp to 5 days paid leave for volunteeringStudy leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your roleJoin us and make a difference If you’re looking for a digital career where your work really matters and you get the opportunity to build your CV on projects that will help you stand out from the crowd, see our current available roles on Civil Service Jobs. You can also read our blog to learn more about our people and the brilliant work they do.

Home Office Digital, Data and Technology

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