Accessibility statement for Gender pay gap service

We want everyone to be able to do what they need to do with our website, regardless of any access needs due to a disability or condition.

A detailed accessibility statement about the Gender pay gap service

This page describes:

  • how accessible our website is
  • what to do if you have a problem
  • what we are doing to meet the regulations

This accessibility statement applies to the Gender pay gap service but does not apply to Gender pay gap guidance documents on

Using our website and services

This service is run by the Government Equalities 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 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

We aim to meet international accessibility guidelines, however this may not always be possible, or we may have missed a problem.

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

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact

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

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to ‘the non-compliances’, listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • the highlighted yellow colour of text boxes has the incorrect colour ratio and is hard to see. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11 ‘Non-text Contrast’.
  • some links do not have accompanying descriptive text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.4, 2.4.9 and 3.2.5
  • on some pages, content has not been semantically marked-up so that information and relationships are programmatically determinable. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1
  • the search button is slightly pixelated on magnification. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1
  • there are links on the page that visually look like tabs but have not been marked up in this way. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.3 and 4.1.2
  • there are nested buttons meaning accordions on some pages can be tabbed to twice. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.3
  • there are some pages that are difficult for screen readers to read. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6
  • the status message on the search results page is not announced to users that rely on audio feedback. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.3

We aim to fix these issues by the end of 2020.

Disproportionate burden

We have not yet identified a part of the service where it would be a disproportionate burden on the Government Equalities Office to resolve the non-compliance. If this becomes the case, we will publish full details here explaining our decision.

How we tested

Testing has been conducted internally by Government Equalities Office staff and externally audited by the Digital Accessibility Centre. Where they have been checked for compliance, it has been against WCAG 2.1 AA.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have recorded these issues in our backlog and will be handling them as part of our normal workflow. The website will be fully accessible by December 2020.