Requesting to upload content on the website

What is the website for?

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) website is here to support the GSS community.

It is a place to publicise vacancies, events, blogs and news items that may be of interest to people who work with official statistics. It is also somewhere to publish statistical policies and guidance articles to help GSS staff looking for advice. Finally, it is here to help GSS staff looking for learning and development opportunities and careers advice.

How to make a request

Small pieces of content: news articles, blog posts, vacancies, events and minor edits

Use the online content request form.

If you have any problems filling in this form, please email gssnet@statistics.gov.uk.

Please see our checklist for creating content for publication on the GSS website to make sure your content meets accessibility standards and follows our style guide.

Large pieces of content: new webpages, new policy and guidance hub items and major edits

Please email gssnet@statistics.gov.uk.

Please include:

  • a brief outline of what you want to create
  • a publication date (a rough idea will do)
  • a draft (if you have one)
  • contact details for the best person to speak to about this content
  • an idea of where you will want this to live on the website
  • information on any other content that will need to be archived when this content is published (if relevant)

How long we need to deal with requests

  • We aim to deal with requests for blog posts, vacancies, events, news items and training courses within five working days (although we are normally much faster than that).
  • We will need longer to deal with requests for larger pieces of content such as new webpages or new policy or guidance items.
  • If you want a new webpage or policy or guidance item please involve us when you start drafting your content so we can help you.

Moving away from publishing documents

Our reasons for moving away from publishing content in documents (e.g. PDF, Word, Excel) are:

  • they are not best practice in terms of accessibility
  • search engines cannot look inside these formats meaning content is harder to find
  • documents are harder to keep up to date than webpages because the editing process takes longer and the editable copy of the document often gets lost
  • search engines sometimes take users directly to documents, but when this happens the user will often not be able to find out where on a website that document lives, this means it is difficult for users to tell if a document is out of date.

There will still be some occasions when we will allow documents, but we will have to discuss this with you when you make a request.

Read more about why website content should be published in HTML and not PDF.

Guidance on creating content

Content published on the GSS website must meet the legal accessibility standards and follow our style guide.

We have created a checklist for creating content for publication on the GSS website to help with this.

If you send in content requests that do not meet the legal accessibility standards or don’t follow our style guide, it may result in a delay in publication.

Need help or want to give feedback?

If you have any issues or queries we are very happy to help, just email gssnet@statistics.gov.uk.