Accessibility Statement for our job application process

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is a service provided by Amris for Historic England. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this service. While this service is not presently accessible we are committed to making it accessible.

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

How accessible this website is

We know this website is not optimised for accessibility.

Please contact us via the methods listed below for alternative means to apply for a role at Historic England while we work to provide an accessible version.

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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in five 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 customer services on [email protected], who will pass your request on to the appropriate team.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Historic England is committed to making its website 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 non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

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

The website fails the following Level A criteria:

  • 1.1.1 – Non-text Content: Provide text alternatives for non-text content
  • 1.1.1 – Non-text Content: Provide text alternatives for non-text content
  • 1.3.1 – Info and Relationships: Logical structures
  • 1.4.1 – Use of Colour: Don’t use presentation that relies solely on colour
  • 2.1.1 – Keyboard: Accessible by keyboard only
  • 2.1.2 – No Keyboard Trap: Don’t trap keyboard users
  • 2.4.1 – Bypass Blocks: Provide a “Skip to Content” link
  • 2.4.2 – Page Titled: Helpful and clear page title
  • 2.4.3 – Focus Order: Tabbing in logical Order
  • 2.4.4 – Link Purpose (In Context): Every link’s purpose is clear from its context
  • 3.1.1 – Language of Page: Page has a language assigned
  • 3.3.2 – Labels or Instructions: Label elements and give instructions
  • 4.1.2 – Name, Role, Value: Build all elements for accessibility

The website fails the following Level AA criteria:

  • 1.4.3 – Contrast (Minimum): Contrast ratio between text and background is at least 4.5:1
  • 1.4.11 – Non-Text Contrast: High contrast between pieces of text and their backgrounds
  • 2.4.6 – Headings and Labels: Use clear headings and labels
  • 2.4.7 – Focus Visible: Keyboard focus is visible and clear
  • 3.2.3 – Consistent Navigation: Use menus consistently
  • 3.2.4 – Consistent Identification: Use icons and buttons consistently
  • 3.3.4 – Error Prevention: Reduce risk of input errors for sensitive data (eg. Legal, financial)
  • 4.1.3 – Status Messages: Status messages can be presented to the user by assistive technologies without receiving focus

Disproportionate burden

Accessibility is a priority for Historic England.

We are constantly working to make sure our digital offer provides the best user experience for those with accessibility needs.

In this accessibility statement, we have identified multiple issues using this site. We believe fixing the issues with the current website would represent a disproportionate burden. The justification for this is outlined below.

The current offer is based on a third party solution which we are planning to migrate from. Work on this commenced before the September 2020 deadline and was originally due to complete by the end of March 2021. Procurement for a replacement was delayed due to the impact of the pandemic and is currently scheduled to begin in Autumn 2021 with a completion date expected in mid 2022. The replacement will be tested for compliance against the accessibility regulations.

In summary, we felt that fixing accessibility issues with the website at this stage represented a disproportionate burden because resources have already been allocated to migrating to a new system, where these issues will be addressed. The new offer is due to launch in 2022 and will be tested for compliance against the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

It is Historic England’s intention for the service currently available at to be fully compliant with the accessibility standards in 2022.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 10 September 2021 to reflect the revised procurement timescale.

This website was last tested on 17 September 2020. The test was carried out by Cadence Innova.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test: We tested all the pages on the website.​