Scottish government looks to fill senior digital roles


The Scottish government has started a recruitment drive to find a chief digital officer (CDO) for social security and a programme director for Scotland Act ICT delivery and transformation.

The new senior digital roles were created after the Scotland Act, which devolves responsibility to set income tax rates and thresholds as well as control over parts of the welfare system, received Royal Assent in March.


Strategic approach

The job description states that the new CDO for social security “will be responsible for developing the strategic approach to digital services and IT for our new social security powers”.

Whoever takes on the programme director role “will be the senior technology leader and digital evangelist for the implementation of the powers in the Scotland Act”, says a separate advert.


Meeting needs

The government is also inviting applications for a head of IT services for Common Agricultural Policy Support after farmers and crofters suffered lengthy delays in subsidy payments earlier this year.

The Scottish Government developed a new IT system to administer payments to farmers and crofters following CAP reform last year. However, problems with the IT system left thousands of farmers and crofters facing delays and forced ministers to offer cash advances.

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