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Senior Accessibility Specialist

Government Digital Service


The Government Digital Service (GDS) is part of the Cabinet Office. We lead the digital transformation of the UK government so that it works better for everyone. Our work is user-focused, dynamic and forward-looking, making our organisation an exciting and innovative place to work.

Find out more at the GDS Blog.
Job description
As a Senior Accessibility Specialist you’ll:

• review public sector websites for accessibility best practice and conformance with accessibility standards using a range of techniques including design reviews, automated testing and manual inspection
• evaluate compatibility with the most commonly used assistive technologies across all platforms and devices
• provide insight and advice on accessibility evaluation techniques to empower people to do it themselves
• provide expert advice on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

**For further details on what you'll do as Senior Accessibility Officer, please click on the apply button**

We’re interested in people who:

• have expert knowledge of existing and emerging web and mobile app accessibility guidelines and standards, particularly the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1
• are familiar with front-end development technologies, specifically HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WAI-ARIA
• can evaluate the accessibility of digital websites and provide feedback, advice, and solutions to help fix identified issues
• understand and have experience testing with a range of assistive technologies including customised browser settings, screen magnification, screen readers, speech recognition and literacy software

**For further details on what we are looking for please click on the apply button**
• learning and development tailored to your role
• an environment with flexible working options
• a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• a Civil Service pension
• 25 days annual leave + an extra day off for the Queen's birthday
• flexible working options to enable you to achieve the work life balance that right for you including part-time, flexi time and job sharing
• civil service pension with an average employer contribution of 22%
• training and development opportunities
• interest free season ticket, tenancy deposits and holiday advances
• an in-year bonus scheme
• bike loans
• eye care vouchers
• on site showers, mothers room, multi-faith room, secure bike parking (subject to availability), Quiet spaces and cafe/wine bar
• free networks and clubs
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
Our assessment is based on the Civil Service Success Profiles framework, and we start with gathering evidence that candidates have the experience and the skills required for the role.
We will inform you when your application is shortlisted, and, depending on the role, we may schedule remote or in-person assessments for the next stage.

We receive many applications, and unfortunately we’re not able to provide feedback for candidates who aren’t shortlisted.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission by email:
Or in writing: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8 1 Horse Guards Road , London, SW1A 2HQ.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : GDS Recruitment
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