digital, data & technology


Digital, Data & Technology

On the Digital, Data and Technology Fast Stream you will lead teams that design, build and run government digital services and transform the lives of millions of people.


4 years






As a Digital, Data and Technology Fast Streamer you will design, build and run services which are used by millions of people every day. Services such as GOV.UK, Apply for a driving licence or Setup a private limited company.


Working on six placements over four years, you will experience up to six government departments nationally. You may be:


  • gathering and analysing data, including user research
  • project managing a new feature, product or IT system upgrade
  • building web services and creating content for websites
  • advising Ministers and senior management on digital, data and technology strategy and policies.



  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • You need, or expect to have, a 2:2 or post-graduate degree in any subject
  • Existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What will you experience?

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You will make government services easy to use and relevant to the evolving needs of our users. This is your chance to be involved in some of the most innovative e-government projects in the world. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.

What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

As a fast streamer you will get a blend of specialist learning and development (L&D) activities covering technical and leadership training including:


  • agile working
  • data analysis
  • design principles
  • product management
  • user research
  • online and face to face learning activities
  • mentoring and work shadowing opportunities (which will help to increase your specialist knowledge and develop your management and leadership skills).

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k

What benefits will you enjoy?


You’ll have a unique chance to work on public services, often highly politically sensitive, which really matter. As well as great roles, working with experts, access to specialist L&D, you will also gain experience of working inside and outside of government. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.


Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form. Once this is submitted then you will be eligible to be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:




Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process taking place in London or Newcastle.

This specialist assessment will look at your capability and motivation to be part of this programme. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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