UK Investment Management and Banking INDEX Results - Q1 2022

28 Feb 2022 | Index | General | Legislation | Accessibility | Private sector

Michelle Hay
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Many organisations are now putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the forefront of their business decisions, but where does website accessibility fit into this?

Under the Equalities Act 2010, all websites should be accessible to users living with disabilities, and many organisations claim accessibility compliance, but how well are they really doing?

We’ve tested the websites of 80 UK Investment Management and Banking organisations against our accessibility tests, checks and measures to see just how inclusive they are and what compliance levels are like.

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From our assessments, we can see

  • 3 organisations failed A and AA tests on every page we assessed.
  • 8 organisations passed AA on every page we assessed, but 6 of these failed A on every page.

As we’ve mentioned, some organisations claim accessibility compliance, this is commonly to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 or 2.1, Level AA. Such statements are often made on an organisations dedicated accessibility statement on their website. However, it’s worthwhile remembering that conformance at higher levels does not guarantee conformance at lower levels. For example, to fully conform to AA, a webpage must meet both A and AA individually, as the results of our assessment show, the two are individual standards with individual tests.

View the compliance levels of all organisations included this quarters INDEX results,