What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which gets placed on your computer. Designed to hold a small amount of data specific to your client, it allows us to deliver a page tailored to you. They get placed on your computer when you first visit our website, as well as when you browse through the pages of our website. A cookie does not give us access to your computer it only allows us to retrieve the same cookies we placed on your computer.

How we use cookies

We only use cookies that are essential for us to provide you with the service we offer.

These includes cookies that; if you decide to login; keep you logged into our website as you. As well as cookies that keep your last search criteria so it allows you to navigate around our website more easily.

Website Usage
We also use cookies to uniquely identity your computer to gather anonymous usage statistics on your visit. Powered by Google Analytics this allows us to record information on:

  • which pages you visit and at what times,
  • how long you spend on each page,
  • how you got to that page,
  • the type of web browser and operating system you use,
  • general geographic location.

This data is anonymous and no personal information is gathered. We then use these statistics to improve the quality of our content and the usability of the website.

Third party cookies
Our website uses two third party services, Indeed.com and LinkedIn.com to improve your website browsing experience. These are used to make applying for a job easier as well as sharing these jobs with others.

LinkedIn will place cookies when you view one of our jobs. This is because you can share the job advert via the LinkedIn button

Indeed.com will place cookies when you view one of our jobs. This allows you to apply for a job on our website via Indeed.com without leaving our website.

Specific cookies we use

Name Reason Expires
dontShow Will tell us that you have already seen and understood the cookie banner popup On browser close
mpatslogin If logged in: Helps us tell who you are On browser close
Mpatsloginid If logged in: Helps us tell who you are On browser close
mpatssavejobcounter If logged in: Helps us tell who you are On browser close
email If logged in: Helps us tell who you are On logout
Culture Job search: Always en_GB tells us your preferred language 5 hours
keywords Job search: Helps us identify what you searched for On browser close
returnURL Job search: Helps us navigate to previous page On browser close
FeedID Job search: Helps us identify the job list you are on 7 days
searchPage No longer used On browser close
searchString No longer used On browser close
_ga For Google analytics to help us count how many unique people visit us by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid For Google analytics to help us count how many unique people visit us by tracking if you’ve visited recently 24 hours
_gat For Google analytics to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

 

Third parties use their own cookies and are not represented in the table above.

Opt-out

We recommend you do not prevent any of our cookies from being stored on your computer as this may prevent the website from working.

However, if you wish, you can completely opt-out of Google Analytics.

Many web browsers offer the option to block cookies by using their browser settings. The following links provide details on how to do this for the most common web browsers:
Chrome
Internet Explorer
Firefox