Details about cookies on Gender pay gap service

Gender pay gap service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire.

Cookies that measure website usage

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use the gender pay gap service and GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site and to government digital services.

We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit on the gender pay gap service and how long you spend on them
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the gender pay gap service by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the gender pay gap service by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat This helps Google to manage the rate at which they track your site interactions (when high traffic occurs) 1 minute
_gat_govuk_shared This helps Google to manage the rate at which they track your site interactions (when high traffic occurs) 1 minute

Cookies measuring system performance

We use Microsoft Azure Application Insights software to measure system performance to see if there is anything that is not working in the way it should.

We do not allow Microsoft to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Application Insights stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on the gender pay gap service
  • details about the site's performance, for example how long each page takes to load

Application Insights sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
ai_session This helps Application Insights understand the performance of the site during a single visit 30 minutes
ai_user This helps Application Insights understand how the performance of the site varies between different users 1 year

Cookies that remember your settings

These cookies do things like remember your preferences and the choices you make, to personalise your experience of using the gender pay gap service.

Name Purpose Expires
compare If you use our ‘Employer comparison’ page, this cookie remembers the list of employers you are currently comparing. This enables you to come back to the page later and see the same comparison 1 year

Strictly necessary cookies

Logging into the services

The ‘Report your gender pay gap data’ section of the site requires you to log in. The following cookies are used as part of this login process.

Name Purpose Expires
idsrv.session Used during the login process When you close your browser
idsrv Used during the login process When you close your browser
.AspNetCore.Correlation.* Used during the login process 15 minutes
.AspNetCore.OpenIdConnect.* Used during the login process 15 minutes
.AspNetCore.Cookies Used to keep you logged in to the ‘Report your gender pay gap data’ section of the site When you close your browser

Your progress when using the service

When you use the service, we’ll set a cookie to remember your progress through the forms. These cookies do not store your personal data.

Name Purpose Expires
.AspNetCore.Session Saves your progress through the forms on the site. When you close your browser
.AspNetCore.Antiforgery.* Helps to keep the site secure - so only users who are logged in can submit gender pay gap data When you close your browser

Cookies message

You may see a banner when you visit GOV.UK inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We’ll set cookies so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Lets us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 1 year
cookie_settings Saves your cookie consent settings 1 year

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you’re happy for us to use.