Text size control
The text size of the web pages and job application form can be changing using your brower's built-in controls. If you don't know how to do this then it's worth spending a little time learning how. The browser controls work on all sites that meet accessibility guidelines. What's more, they work in a consistent way - no more searching for controls that are different on every site!
The W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative have a page that explains how to change text size on various common browsers.
As a quick tip, the most common method of increasing text size on a desktop/laptop computer browser is to press + (the plus symbol), sometimes with Control or Command depending on the browser and the computer. To decrease text size, press - (the minus symbol), sometimes with Control or Command. On a tablet PC or smart phone, the pinch gesture is commonly used to zoom in and out.
Accessibility for job applicants
It is the policy of the employers that the recruitment process be accessible to all eligible candidates. None should be barred from applying owing to their accessibility needs.
"Two ticks" Commitment
Most NHS employers make the following five commitments to users who have identified as having a disability:
- To interview all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
- To discuss with employees who have disabilities what we and they can do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
- To make every effort when employees develop a disability to make sure that they stay in employment.
- To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make the commitment work.
- To review the five commitments every year to see what has been achieved; to plan ways to improve; and to let employees know about progress and future plans.
Employers hold interviews in various venues. Many - but not all - are accessible to everyone. If your application reaches interview stage then you may receive an email message asking you to book an interview through your account area. When booking your interview, there is a box where you can explain what your accessibility requirements are. The employer will see your message and make appropriate arrangements.
Web Accessibility statement
We want everyone who visits the HealthJobsUK family of job boards to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
We use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines help make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.
The guidelines have three levels of accessibility: A, AA and AAA. We've chosen the highest level, AAA, as the target.
How are we doing?
We've assessed the HealthJobsUK family of job boards, including the account area for logged-in candidates, and determined they conform to level AAA. There's a small number of caveats/exceptions where the guidelines are not applicable, specifically:
- The content is such that there is no ambiguity of pronunciation. Therefore it is not necessary to provide users with an explanation of how to pronounce words.
- The job boards themselves do not use unusual abbreviations or acronyms without explanation. Within job adverts, employers are encouraged to use only those abbreviations/acronymns with which a candidate would be familiar, assuming that the candidate is suitably skilled to have a chance at reaching the interview stage. Therefore the guidelines relating to explaining of unusual abbreviations are not applicable.
- Candidates are advised to save part-completed application forms regularly rather than rely upon their browser session lasting beyond the session expiry time (which is several hours long). By saving regularly, users protect themselves from unexpected events such as their computer crashing, power failing or having internet connection difficulties.
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