About cookies

We put small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember your progress
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

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

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How we use cookies

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit https://www.prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/. 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 1 month

Remembering your progress

We will store a cookie to remember your progress in this computer.

Name Purpose Expires
_session Tracks your progress on the website and saves any job search location When you close your browser

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the website. We do this to help make sure the site is 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 site 

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store personal information so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Google Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached the website (for example from another website or a search engine) 6 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Advertising

We use cookies to make our advertising more engaging and relevant to users. We use cookie information to focus our advertising on what’s relevant to specific users, to improve performance reporting, and to avoid showing ads that the user has already seen.

For example, we use cookies to remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions with our ads or search results, and your visits to our website.

We may also use data from conversion cookies to determine how many people who click on our ads go on to view and apply for prison and probation jobs. Conversion cookies are not used by Google for interest-based ad targeting and persist for a limited time only.