“The role of IT professionals in government has never been more important.”
Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to the first CIO Council meeting January 2005
This framework provides all public sector IT organisations with a common language to describe the skills and attributes of IT Professionals and enables sharing of people, ideas and best practice within and between organisations and across the wider public sector. The framework supports the organisation in creating communities of professionals and enables individuals to identify the community to which they belong.
The Government IT Competency framework is based on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) and describes the competency groups which exist in the public sector IT profession today.
Organisations appoint a Competency Lead for each of the seven competencies. The Competency Leads form the internal management team for the profession and support the career development of the IT Professionals within and those wishing to join that competency.
Refer to the IT Profession skills framework to see the IT skills relevant to each competency group
The CIO is the most senior IT Professional in an organisation and the head of the IT profession for the organisation leading the professional development and career management of the IT professionals in the organisation. In most public sector bodies the Chief Information Officer (CIO) establishes and delivers the IT Strategy for their organisation.