The information on this page relates to PDMS’ SignedUp Skills website. You should read this policy so that you can understand what type of cookies we use, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used.

We sometimes need to place small amounts of information on your device (e.g. your computer or mobile phone). These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information that are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • remembering fields that you have already completed so that you don’t need to re-input the data repeatedly.
  • measuring how people are using services, so they can be made easier and better to use
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so we can make them better

Our use of cookies is as follows:

Cookies stored whether you accept all cookies

There are cookies that are necessary to the complete functioning of this website and there are cookies which are not necessary but would provide you with an enhanced experience and / or are useful for our continued support and maintenance of the site. When you first visit this site you will be presented with a popup asking if you will accept all cookies – if you accept all cookies,  non-necessary cookies will be stored on your device, if you decline, the popup will be dismissed but non-necessary cookies will not be stored. To remember your choice and prevent you from being presented with the popup again we will store the following cookies.

Name: viewed_cookie_policy
Description: Cookie Consent cookie. Records that the cookie consent popup has been shown.
Expires: 1 Year

Name: cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary
Description: Cookie Consent cookie. Records whether or not non-necessary cookies have been accepted.
Expires: 1 Year

Name: cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary
Description: Cookie Consent cookie. Records that necessary cookies can be stored.
Expires: 1 Year

This are necessary cookies.

Please note that if you first accept all cookies and then subsequently decline non-necessary cookies, the non- necessary cookies are not automatically deleted from your device and will remain until their expiry date or until you delete them manually, please see the section titled ‘How to control and delete cookies’ below for guidance on how to do so.

Cookies for measuring performance of the website

By understanding how people use the website, we can make improvements to the navigation and content to make the site better and easier to access.

We use Google Analytics, HotJar and GatorLeads to gather data on the number of people accessing this website, where they are accessing from, what pages they visit, and what technology they are using.  These cookies are not used for identifying you personally but does allow us to understand our users as a group, for example by recording what browsers are being used and how they are interacting with the website through visitor behaviour patterns.

We have enabled Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting.  We and our third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as Google advertising cookies) together to give us insight into behaviour information relating to visitor age, gender and interests on an anonymous and aggregate level.  GatorLeads uses a reverse IP lookup to attempt to identify the business or organisation the visitor belongs to.

These cookies are non-necessary cookies and will not be set unless you accept all cookies.

Additionally, you may opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google Analytics’ currently available opt-outs for the web.  Also, you can opt out of other third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Cookies set by Google Analytics

Name: _ga
Description: Randomly generated number, used to distinguish users.
Expires: 2 years

Name: _gid
Description: Randomly generated number, used to distinguish users.
Expires: 24 hours

Name: _gat or _dc_gtm_
Description: Used to throttle request rate.
Expires: 1 minute

Name: _gac_
Description: Contains campaign related information for the user.
Expires: 90 days

Cookies set by Hotjar

We also run Hotjar to gather data on where users are clicking on pages, how they are viewing single and multiple pages, and to ask simple polls. These cookies record if a user has answered the question or hidden the notifier, so that it stays hidden on all pages.

Name: _hjClosedSurveyInvites
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjDonePolls
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjMinimizedPolls
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimises when the visitor navigates through your site.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjDoneTestersWidgets
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimises when the visitor navigates through your site.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjIncludedInSample
Typical content: Hotjar cookie. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.
Expires: 365 days

Name: _hjShownFeedbackMessage
Typical content: This cookie is set when a visitor minimises or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimised immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.
Expires: 365 days

Cookies set by GatorLeads

Name: wow.anonymousId
Description: Randomly generated number, used to distinguish users.  Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back.
Expires: 2 years

Name: wow.schedule
Description: Load Balance Session Queue.  Standard session cookie served by the web server.
Expires: 24 hours

Name: wow.session
Description: IIS Session Code. Standard session cookie served by the web server.
Expires: 24 hours

Name: wow.utmvalues
Description: Stores the UTM values for the session. Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back.
Expires: 24 hours

Cookies for your security

We may set a cookie called “_RequestVerificationToken” to help protect you against a specific form of malicious attack called Cross Site Request Forgery. Searching for this term will reveal a wealth of information about this potential vulnerability, and how it is closed through the use of cookies.

This is a necessary cookie and will be set without your explicit consent.

Cookies set by other websites through this site

We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we embed media such as Vimeo videos. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as ‘third-party’ cookies. We do not control how a third party uses their cookies. You should check these third party websites’ privacy policies for more information about their cookies if you are concerned about this.

How to control and delete cookies

If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Read the PDMS Privacy Policy