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Cookies

The ‘Find a job’ service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your device to collect information about how you use it. We use the information to help update and improve the service.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage and delete cookies. You can still use this service with cookies turned off.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the ‘Find a job’ service. We do this to help make sure it’s meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the service
  • what you click on while you’re using the service

This information cannot be used to identify who you are.

We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit Find a job by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit Find a job by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 1 minute

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Our cookie message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit the service. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 14 days

Session and authentication

Our system needs a way to temporarily store your preferences. For example if you decide to change the "per page" number of jobs showing on the search results page, we need to be able to remember your preference once you visit the next page of results but also immediately forget this preference once your close your browser window / tab. We use a session cookie to do just that.

Similarly the auth cookie - that is placed after you sign-in - contains a token that tells us that you are signed in and enables us to fetch your account details / uploaded CV's / saved email alerts etc.

Once you are signed in, we will monitor your activity and will log you out if you are inactive for more than 15 minutes. We use the user activity cookie to monitor mouse movement, clicks and key input. We use the page load cookie to monitor the last time a page was reloaded or a session was refreshed. This information lets us know the last time you were active on the site and whether or not you can safely be auto-logged out.

Name Purpose Expires
session Helps us temporarily remember your preferences such as "number of results per page" when you close your browser
auth Helps us identify you after you've signed in when you close your browser
user_activity Tells us the last time you were active, using your mouse or keyboard when you close your browser
page_load Tells us the last time you reloaded a page or refreshed a session when you close your browser

Remembering your original action

If you choose to favourite a job ad or create an email alert while not signed in, we redirect you to our sign in page. However, once you do sign in we want to be able to redirect you back to where you were and - ideally - try and do the action you originally intended to. The uj_intention cookie helps us keep track of some of these actions.

When you click on a job from the search result page, uj_last_query allows us to remember what you searched for. This means we can provide a link back to the search result page.

Name Purpose Expires
uj_intention Helps us remember the action you originally intended to perform when you close your browser
uj_last_query Helps us temporarily remember your last search so you can browse back to it when you close your browser

Employers area

If you sign in as an employer, the employerAuth cookie contains a token that will help our system correctly identify you.

Name Purpose Expires
employerAuth Helps us identify you as an employer when you close your browser

Updates

We can update our cookies policy at any time. Check this page regularly to find out about updates. This cookies policy was last updated on 13 June 2018.

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