Accessibility

This statement applies to the HM Government Public Appointments website

This website is run by the Cabinet Office. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen using the browser’s zoom function;
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard;
  • navigate parts of the website using speech recognition software;
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • if you are using screen reader software, you may find the search functionality difficult to navigate;
  • you may find it difficult to navigate the site with some screen readers because the hyperlink text is not descriptive of its purpose;
  • some PDF documents attached to vacancy adverts are not fully accessible to screen reader software;
  • the calendar control/date picker is not accessible to users who are unable to operate a mouse or for those aided by a screen reader;
  • images and logos on the site do not contain alternative text;
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text.

We plan to address all of these issues through the development of a new public appointments website which will meet accessibility requirements. Further detail is provided below. 

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact the Public Appointments Policy Team at the Cabinet Office:

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact the Public Appointments Policy Team at the Cabinet Office:

email PublicAppointments@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in three working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems with the accessibility or functionality of the website that are not listed on this page, contact the Public Appointments Team at the Cabinet Office: 

email PublicAppointments@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). 

If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Cabinet Office is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the issues listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • When using the VoiceOver screen reading software, some words are mispronounced. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.6 – Pronunciation;
  • There are some inconsistencies with the HTML code on the website which prevents the website being optimised for those using assistive technologies.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1 – Compatible;
  • Some colours on the website do not provide enough contrast with the background. This makes it difficult for some users to distinguish specific colours and/or text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 – Contrast (Minimum) and 1.4.11 Non-Text Contrast;
  • Links throughout the site are undescriptive of their function. This makes it difficult to navigate the site using screen reading software. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context);
  • There are areas of the website with large blocks of unstructured text and inconsistent formatting. Large blocks of text make it difficult for those with cognitive impairment to understand. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 – Info and Relationships and 2.4.10 – Section headings;
  • There are images and logos on the site that contain no alternative text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 – Non-text content;
  • There is an absence of form labels associated with the Current Vacancies page when attempting to use each field in the refine search area. If a form control does not have a properly associated text label, the function or purpose of that form control may not be presented to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.3.2 – Labels or Instructions.

We plan to address all of these issues through the development of a new public appointments website (see below) which will meet accessibility requirements. 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services such as PDFs that are linked to closed job adverts.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are working to introduce a new single online application portal for public appointments alongside an improved website to provide greater functionality and features. The new website will be designed and tested to meet government accessibility requirements in full.  The project is currently in the Alpha phase of development which is expected to complete by the end of 2020.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 13 September 2019. The test was carried out by the Cabinet Office Digital and Technology Team.

The site was tested against the four main technical requirements – perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. This was achieved using a simplified testing methodology which comprised in four main approaches: 

  • a review of the service against the terms of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 as seen on the GOV.UK checklist;
  • a test of key HMGPA web pages using common types of assistive technologies at the GDS Accessibility Empathy Lab;
  • automated checks using the open source tools, PowerMapper, Wave, the Tingtun PDF checker and the Acart Contrast Checker;
  • a further keyboard and tab through check.