Most websites use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do many different things. They allow you to navigate between website pages efficiently, store your preferences and generally improving your experience of any website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.

Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what is in your shopping basket.

What to do if you do not want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing.

Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.

How can I control cookies?

If you do not want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings. You may wish to visit  which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

How the AIP Skills Survey web pages use cookies

The AIP Skills Survey web pages will work without cookies but you may lose some features and functionality if you choose to disable cookies.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why we use them.

Cookie Name Description & purpose Persistence More information
PHPSESSID This stores the user’s session ID End of session Functional
Members-lounge-hasIdentity Used to flag whether the user is logged in to the Member’s Lounge. This is used by the Word press Plugin to decide upon displaying a “Login” button. End of session Functional


Used to store the Full Name of the user logged in to Member’s Lounge.  This is sued by the WordPress Plugin to display in the header if a user is logged in to the Member’s Lounge


End of session Functional



Used to distinguish users and sessions.  The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing _utma cookies exists.  The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics


30 mins Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmt Used to throttle request rate.


30 mins Analytical (Google Analytics)


End of browser session.  Not used in ga.js.  Set for interoperability with urchin.js.  Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit


End of session Analytical (Google Analytics)


Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.  The cookie is created when the javascript library executives and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.


6 months Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmv   Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.  This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable 2 years Analytical (Google Analytics)

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