What are cookies and how do we use them?
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings or when prompted by our cookie Cookie Preference Options pop up.
- track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns that emerge individually or from larger groups. This helps us to develop and improve our website and services in response to what our visitors want and need; and
- to help us advertise jobs to you that we think you’ll be interested in. Hopefully this means less time for you trawling through endless pages and will get you into the employment you want more quickly.
Cookies are either:
Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any information from your computer; or
Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics and for personalisation (see below).
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
Strictly required cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when applying for a job, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Functionality cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular. Furthermore these cookies allow our website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, font and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
Advertisement cookies: These cookies help us to advertise details of potential job opportunities that we think may be of interest. These cookies are persistent (for as long as you are registered with us) and mean that when you log in or return to the website, you may see advertising for jobs that are similar to jobs that you have previously browsed.
How to manage or reject cookies
When you first visit our website(s) you will be asked to choose what kind of cookies you want to receive, so we ask for your prior consent for some cookies through our Cookies Preference Options while strictly necessary cookies will be set within our legitimate interests. You may also use your browser’s privacy settings to do this. However, rejecting all cookies through your browser’s privacy settings means that you may not be able to take full advantage of all our website’s features. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
Instead of using our Cookie Preference Options you may choose to opt-out to cookies which are not strictly necessary to perform basic features of our site by changing your browser settings. If you use our Cookie Preference Options to update your choice of cookies, please note that this does not result in deletion of already placed cookies on your device. So, if you want to delete such cookies you may delete them in your browser’s privacy settings.
If you choose to delete all cookies through your browser’s privacy settings, this will also delete any placed opt-out cookie on your computer and you may need to actively opt-out again.
For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.