Web site developer career info
Gary Jones is an executive officer within the Cabinet Office in London. He works as a web developer – planning, designing and developing Civil Service websites.
What are your main work tasks as a Web site developer?
I plan, design and develop websites. It's a responsible job because the work has to meet certain legal standards. I write advice and guidelines on website standards, and help others to meet these guidelines.
Development work involves writing computer programs that increase the websites' functionality. For example, I write programs to improve the search facilities on our websites. I also solve any general website problems.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I use a number of computers, which are set up differently, for the various pieces of work I produce. I have a lot of specialist software installed on the computers to enable me to do my job.
What are your working hours?
The Cabinet Office operates flexible working arrangements. I usually arrive at work at 10.00 a.m. and try to leave before 6.00 p.m. Sometimes, I have to stay longer because I might be working on something important or urgent.
What qualities and skills do you need as a Web site developer?
You need to have a good understanding of programming and how web technologies work for this job. You have to be creative and imaginative, and you must enjoy solving problems.
Why did you choose your career as a web developer?
I have always enjoyed design and always loved the idea of getting the computer to work for you.
What do you like about your career as a web developer?
I like making something work very quickly and helping to solve problems. My managers are very helpful and allow me to work at my own pace.
I really enjoy guiding and leading technical work, both within and outside of my department. Also, my experience has given me opportunities to work abroad for the government.
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Salary of a Web site developer
- Executive officers working for the Cabinet Office earn between £17,351 and £23,855 nationally, or between £19,232 and £25,162 in London.
- If you have the ability, it is possible to gain promotion to a higher executive officer level and earn between £22,571 and £32,616 nationally, or between £24,662 and £33,574 in London.
Web site developer career info
- To become a web developer at executive officer level within the Cabinet Office, you usually need two A levels/H grades and five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) including English language, or equivalent qualifications. Many entrants have a relevant degree.
- Training, likely to last up to nine months, may include some residential training courses. Most of the detailed training takes place on the job, learning from more experienced officers.
- You may get the chance to study for professional qualifications such as BTEC qualifications.
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