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5 things you didn’t know about working for our Digital, Data and Technology Directorate

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1. Our infrastructure drives economic growth

Row of houses in London Borough of Sutton.

HM Land Registry (HMLR) safeguards land and property ownership worth more than £4 trillion. Our work helps to underpin the UK housing market and drives economic growth.

Our Business e-services are used by 12,000 organisations and 140,000 individual users. HMLR has one of the largest transactional property databases in Europe. Our mainframe stores:

  • more than 24 million titles showing evidence of ownership; and
  • nearly 140 million documents.

Our customers rely on our IT services so it’s vitally important we keep our IT engine going.

2. We’re working on some serious digital projects

agile teamWe’re an ambitious organisation and want to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

Working in our Digital, Data and Technology Directorate you could be involved in building one of our new services such as our digital mortgage or Workflow system. We’re designing our digital services based on user need and as a public service, it’s a good feeling to know you’re making a difference.

As well as building new services, we also manage and develop existing ones including our award-winning MapSearch and Property Alert. We’re also busy defining and implementing our data strategy and working to develop our data products so we help to drive innovation in the PropTech (property technology) industry.

3. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your career

There are currently more than 400 people working in our Digital, Data and Technology Directorate. From our IT apprentices to director, our team spans eight levels so there are plenty of opportunities to progress in your career.

As part of government, we network and collaborate with other departments including the Government Digital Service (GDS). We’re also encouraged to push our skills to the limit and gain experience on a wide range of platforms and software.

4. Diversity matters in our tech

We think it’s really important to be representative of the people we build services for. Unfortunately, women are in the minority across the IT industry but we’re trying really hard to get more women in tech in HMLR. We appreciate the benefits of working in a diverse workplace so we want to attract talent from under-represented groups by making sure our opportunities are fair to all.

We appreciate innovation and new ways of thinking. Agile delivery makes our work fast-paced and exciting and there’s a great team spirit. We love a bit of creativity and our Infrastructure and Delivery Group sometimes even use Lego to help them manage their workload!

5. We might be biased, but Plymouth’s a pretty great place to live!

Plymouth is a vibrant city with a thriving digital economy. Digital Plymouth has quarterly meetups bringing together a diverse and talented community of digital businesses.

Work-life balance is important and whatever your interests you will find something to suit nearby. Plymouth is a waterfront city with Dartmoor National Park within easy reach. There are great walks, historical sites and you can get involved in all sorts of water and adventure sports. If you prefer to spend your free time gaming then check out the Plymouth Cubed project which involves building the whole city in Minecraft!

Salaries for our jobs in our Digital, Data and Technology Directorate start at £23,437 per annum (£17,127 for our apprentices). There is also an IT allowance (payable on meeting qualifying criteria), Civil Service pension and generous holiday entitlement among our benefits. Housing in Plymouth is affordable too. Our house price index data shows how the average house price compares with other cities.

Average price (March 2017)
City of Plymouth £167,566
City of Bristol £260,270
Brighton and Hove £353,176
Outer London £424,138


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  1. Comment by Emma posted on

    The link to women in tech (under heading 4) doesn't work

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      Comment by ianflowers posted on

      Emma - Sorry for the broken link. It should be repaired now and thank you for bringing this to our attention.