This page gives you information about cookies. It has been created in order to explain what cookies are, how we use them on our sites and how you can control them.
What are cookies?
Cookies are very small text files which store very small amounts of information. They are used to remember settings and preferences between visits to the site, as well as information between different pages on the same site.
For security reasons, and by design, cookies can only be read by the site that set them. For example, we have no access to cookies set on your computer by, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft or any other website on the internet. However, through the use of third party cookies, it is possible for sites to collect information about visitors to other sites. For example, online advertisers may use third party cookies to anonymously track an individual’s visits to sites on the web.
More information about how we allow third party cookies on our sites is given below.
To find out more about cookies in general, you might find the following links useful:
Currently, there are four types of cookies that may be generated as you browse our site: session cookies, preference cookies, analytics cookies and third party cookies.
1. Session Cookies
As you move through the site, various pieces of information need to be stored in order for the site to function properly. For example, if you perform a search for jobs, the search terms you use will be remembered so that you can change them later. If you log in, we will remember which account you logged in with.
This information is stored in a database and is referred to as a session. We set one cookie to keep track of which session you are using. Old session data is automatically deleted from our databases multiple times a day, so we do not store this information long-term.
In addition to the session cookie, we sometimes set a cookie to check if we can set cookies on your computer. This is done for diagnostic purposes when you use our contact form. We use this information to help solve any problems you may have encountered.
How do I control session cookies?
You can use your browser settings to control whether or not we set session cookies. More information on your browser settings is provided at the bottom of this page.
Please be aware that session cookies are critical to the working of the site. If you choose to disable cookies from this site, you will not be able to log in and the functionality of the site will be greatly reduced.
2. Preference Cookies
Currently we only set four types of preference cookie. One is set if you manually switch between mobile or desktop versions (e.g. view the desktop version of the site when on a mobile phone). Your choice will be stored in a cookie. Two are used to store your cookie choice: one is set to store the time the cookie alert banner first appeared, and the other when you click OK to signify that you have accepted cookies. At time of writing, a fourth cookie is used to store whether the invitation to complete our survey has been shown to you.
How do I control preference cookies?
These cookies are set as a direct result of your choice, and function solely as indicators of what that choice was. We do not believe they pose any risk to your privacy. However, you can always use your browser settings to control whether or not our site can set cookies on your computer.
Please be aware that cookies are critical to the working of the site. If you choose to disable cookies from this site, you will not be able to log in and the functionality of the site will be greatly reduced.
3. Analytics Cookies
In order to monitor how our sites are performing, we collect data about page visits. This information is completely anonymous — we cannot determine who it came from. When we use this data, we look at numbers of visitors overall rather than individual visits.
Analytics information is used in reports and to improve our site. For example, we have used analytics data to add, remove or change features of the site based on how popular they are with users.
We track, for example:
- the numbers of visitors to individual pages;
- when pages were visited;
- how long users stayed on the page;
- the page they came from;
- technical data about the device being used to browse the site (such as browser and operating system version, and display size) — we use this data to ensure that the technology our site uses is appropriate for the majority of our users, and how best to display the site for users who have less capable browsers.
Application source analytics — jobs without an ‘Apply now’ button
Occasionally our recruiters prefer the application process for their jobs to take place on a site of their choosing, rather than use the application process we provide. These jobs are easily identified because they do not have an ‘Apply now’ button. This makes it difficult for us to show how many candidates we have generated for them.
In this case, we set a cookie on your computer which can then be detected on the recruiter’s external application page, if the recruiter has placed some of our code on their site. This allows us to count your visit to their page as having come from us.
If you are not signed in, this cookie is completely anonymous and does not provide us or the recruiter with your identity. Anonymous visitor data collected in this way is used in aggregate (in other words we look at visitor numbers overall, not individual visits).
If you are signed in, and you view a job without an ‘Apply now’ button then visit the recruiter’s application page, we count this as a job application, and the recruiter will receive an application email with your details. This is because we consider visits to the application page to be application for that job. Not all recruiters request this information, or use our tracking code, so it is very possible that your data will not be passed on.
If you would prefer us not to use your information in this manner, you are welcome to opt out. You can do this by visiting the opt out page where your option will be stored. Please note that we use a cookie to store your option. Since cookies are specific to the computer and browser you use, if you are not logged in, you will need to opt out on every computer and browser that you use to browse our site. For logged in users, your choice is stored in your account settings, so you only need to opt out once.
More information about analytics cookies
We use Google to provide our analytics data. You can read more about how Google Analytics treats your data at: Google: Safeguarding your data.
How do I control analytics cookies?
Google provides a tool to opt-out of Google Analytics. This is available for all modern browsers in the form of a browser plugin.
Additionally, you can control how cookies are set using your browser settings. See below for more information.
4. Third party cookies
The advertisements you see displayed on the site are generated by third parties. These services may use their own anonymous cookies to track how many times a particular ad has been displayed to you, and may track your visits to other sites where their ads are displayed. Please note that advertisers can only track visits to sites which display their ads or other content. This tracking is anonymous, meaning that they do not identify who is viewing which ads.
Tracking in this manner allows advertisers to show you ads that are more likely to be interesting to you, and also limit the number of times you see the same ad across a wide number of sites. As an example of how advertisers operate, if you recently researched holidays, adverts for holiday operators may subsequently appear on our sites.
Your privacy is protected because we do not have access to, or control over, these third party cookies; nor can we view the data held by these advertisers. All the online advertisers we use provide ways for you to opt-out of your browsing being tracked. More information about our advertisers, and how to opt-out, is provided below.
You can discover how Google protects your privacy relating to ads at Google’s Advertising privacy FAQ. This page also allows you to control what cookies Google AdSense saves on your computer.
We will shortly be displaying adverts for certain jobs on other websites. We will be partnering with a UK company called Crimtan Tangerine Limited. They set cookies on your computer which allow them to determine which ads you will be more likely to be interested in based on other sites you have visited.
More information about online advertising and tracking
The International Advertising Bureau has produced a website to give more information about privacy and advertising on the internet.
Controlling cookies within your browser
A browser is a program you use to view web pages. Your browser should allow you to control what cookies are set on your computer, and how long they are stored. You may have more than one browser installed on your computer. In this case, you will need to change the settings for each browser you use, since cookies are stored by the browser and are not made available to other browsers on your system.
Browser help pages relating to cookie settings
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Desktop)
- Safari (Mobile)
- Android Browser
- Opera Mobile
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
This page was last amended on March 13, 2013.