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What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's computer. It is generated by a web page server (which is basically the computer that operates the web site) and can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned.

Cookies can't harm your computer and we don't store any personally identifiable information about you on any of our cookies.

Why do we use cookies on uses two types of cookies: cookies set by and cookies set by third parties (i.e. other websites or services). cookies enable us to keep you signed in to your account throughout your visit and to tailor the information displayed on the site to your preferences, such as recommending jobs.

We also use third party cookies to help deliver relevant jobs, courses and advertising both on and on other websites, to integrate content with social networks, such as Facebook and Google+, and to better understand how the features and functions of the site are used in order that we can improve our service.

If you would like more information about the cookies we use, as well as details on how to opt-out, please see below.

What cookies do we use on

Below is a list of the main cookies set by, and what each is used for:

  • Cookie namePurpose
  • ReedRecentJobSearchsRemembers the last ten searches you've run on and displays them on the homepage
  • ReedSavedJobsRemembers any jobs you've saved when you're signed out of your account. When you sign in, the jobs are saved to your account and the cookie is deleted
  • ReedPageSizeRemembers the number of jobs per page you selected on search results and displays this on your next visit
  • Reed_ASP.NET_SessionIdRemembers your session – used to display 'back to search results' links and other session specific information
  • you signed in to your account once you've signed in
  • RequestVerificationToken_LW__Provides security in requests and form submissions
  • LastSearchTime and NewJobsSinceTimeUsed in conjunction to show you jobs that were added after you last used the site
  • UserLastSignedInDateUsed when your session has expired to know when we've logged you in automatically
  • LastEmailedSavedJobsToUsed to remember and pre-fill the email address you most recently emailed a job to
  • LastSearchedLocationUsed to remember and pre-fill the most recent location you entered in a job search
  • PardotGathers site activity data to better allow us to understand usage for sales purposes
  • HotJarHotJar cookies are used to remember whether you have taken part in a survey or poll.
  • ReedTestGroupAllocates visitors to the site into a test group so we can test new journeys and features
  • Reed.ActivityGathers site activity to enable targeting for advertising
  • you signed in to your account, once you've signed in to
  • reed.utmxContains information used for testing new journeys and features
  • NewJobsSinceTimeRemembers the last time a user ran a search so we can show jobs they haven't seen before
  • ReedJobSearchRecords last location searched for so the location can be prefilled when running a search.
  • cookieLegislationRemembers we have shown users the Cookie banner
  • directRegWithCVRecords that a user has registered, then uploaded a CV. This is used to modify how the web page is displayed.
  • CourseBasketKeyStores your basket key
  • CourseCompareKeyStores your compare tool key
  • LinkSourceTrackerStores your source
  • .AspNet.ApplicationCookieProviders site sign in cookie

Cookies set by third parties works with a number of third parties to provide services which help us to keep the website tailored to our users' needs. Some of these partners use cookies to help them deliver these services. A list of third party cookies can be found below:

  • Cookie namePurpose
  • TinyMCE Allows text to be pasted into the covering letter on job applications To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Google Analytics This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
  • Twitter If you use a 'Tweet' link on to share content on twitter, twitter sets a cookie to remember that you've already shared this information. To reject or delete these cookies: Twitter tags allow us to show relevant adverts on Twitter to users that have previously visited our website. To reject these cookies:
  • Google +If you use a '+1' link on to share content on Google +, Google sets a cookie to remember that you've already shared this information. To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Facebook If you use a 'like' or 'send' link on to share content on Facebook, Facebook sets a cookie to remember that you've already shared this information. To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Facebook Custom Audience This is a feature that enables Reed to capture anonymized data from individuals who are registered users of both and Facebook. This data is transmitted and stored by Facebook's servers in the United States. This data captures information about your browsing history and patterns through the website. When you browse the website and then visit your Facebook account your browsing history on the website shall be used to provide you with suitable targeted advertising on your Facebook page. This data is stored for 180 days; if you do not visit the website for 180 days such data shall be removed unless you revisit the website during this time.
  • Flash Adobe flash player is used to display some advertising content on, and may drop flash cookies in your browser to allow the adverts to display correctly To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Doubleclick Doubleclick 'Spotlight Tags' report on the success of marketing campaigns for To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Ad serving (re-targeting) – Struq Struq cookies collect information about pages you visit on and use this information to serve relevant content in advertisements on other websites when you leave To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Ad serving (re-targeting) – Criteo Criteo cookies collect information about pages you visit on and use this information to serve relevant content in advertisements on other websites when you leave To reject or delete these cookies:
  • Ad serving The advertisements on are managed by a number of third party ad serving partners, including specific media, media mind, the exchange lab, and adnetik amongst others. These partners use cookies to monitor the impact of their clients advertising campaigns and to target adverts to you based on your browsing patterns and behaviour online. To reject or delete these cookies:
  • KenshooKenshoo tags report on the success of marketing campaigns for To reject these cookies:
  • SaleCycleSaleCycle cookies allow us to re-target users who have previously visited our website, and to ensure we only show adverts at a certain frequency to each user. For more information:

Cookies on third party sites

When you apply for jobs on, sometimes you'll be redirected to an external site to complete your application. These external sites may use cookies, which will not be included in the lists above.

How can I manage my cookies on

If you wish to stop accepting cookies, you can do so through the Privacy Settings option in your browser.

Please be aware that by not accepting cookies you will not be able to use some of the key functions of, including:

  • Registering with
  • Signing in to
  • Applying for jobs on

To delete all cookies stored by for your browser, please click on the button below:

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