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Home Legal and privacy Privacy policy

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

The PA Consulting group of companies ('PA') is firmly committed to privacy, the responsible use of information, the need to safeguard the privacy of our clients and visitors to our website, and to maintaining compliance with privacy legislation. For the purposes of this privacy policy PA means any and all company/companies where PA Consulting Group Limited whose registered office is at 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SR (Company number: 8249452) is the ultimate parent company as applicable ('PA'). You can view details here of specific PA Consulting Group trading companies– including registered office addresses, company registration numbers and VAT registration numbers. PA Consulting Group Limited is registered as a data controller in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. PA will ensure that the data you supply to PA is processed fairly and lawfully, and with skill and care. PA takes our responsibilities in respect of your personal data extremely seriously. 

This statement sets out PA's privacy policy for the use and holding of personal information that is provided to PA by you.

Cookie policy

What are 'cookies'?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser on your computer or mobile phone. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Websites are able to read from and write to these files, allowing them recognise user preferences or return visitors. Cookies are the tools that give websites a sense of memory, allowing them to recognize one user's website visit from another. For example, this site uses cookies to count the number of visitors to our site. Our cookies do not hold any information that could identify you personally (name, address etc.). Each web domain can only access cookies stored by that specific web domain, meaning that only the paconsulting.com servers can access the cookies set by the paconsulting.com domain.

Note that Browser Cookies are not software, they are not  programs, they cannot  carry viruses and they cannot  install any kind of malware on the host computer. Logs are another way that we  collect information about web site traffic. The data collected are anonymised data based on IP addresses and do not contain any individual information.

Use of cookies on this site

Some cookies used on paconsulting.com are either technically necessary for the web site to operate or necessary from a marketing perspective to know how our web site performs. We don’t ask our visitors to consent to these cookies.

None of these cookies collect any individual data about our visitors. They are only anonymised data.

Other cookies enable us to remember our visitor preferences. We ask our visitors to consent to these before they activate the “remember me” facility or participate to a poll.

First party cookies used on paconsulting.com

Cookie Name Description More information
ASP.NET
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Session Token: This is a simple token used by the web server to identify your unique session on the website. Typically used to maintain the integrity of your session while navigating between pages. It is set by the Microsoft.Net service.

Learn more about this cookie

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Google Analytics:

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.

The information generated by this cookie about your use of the website is transmitted to Google.

Learn more about Google Analytics privacy

Learn how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites

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IBM Coremetrics:

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.

The information generated by this cookie about your use of the website is transmitted to IBM Coremetrics.

Learn more about IBM Coremetrics privacy policy

Learn how to opt out of being tracked by IBM Coremetrics across all websites

CoreID6
cmTPSet
PS_FLAG
AlteonP

Load Balancer: This cookie is used by PA Consulting's load balancer to identify the server that is active for your request on our cluster. Its purpose is to improve the performance of the website.

 
rememberMe

Registration cookie: used to indicate that the visitor wishes his browser to remember his log-in details. These details are not recorded by the website.

 
EasysiteUser
HasVoted
PollId:4SiteId:1

Poll Vote: Used to indicate that a user has voted in a poll and cannot vote again. This will only be set if you submit a vote to one of our polls.

 
energymap

PA's Energy Investment Map: This cookie is used to indicate that the visitor wishes their browser to remember their agreement with the specific terms and conditions for PA's Energy Investment Map. These details are not recorded by the website.

 

Third party cookies used on paconsulting.com

YouTube and other video services

Some videos on paconsulting.com are served from YouTube. YouTube also uses cookies to collect information. Cookies can be used to store data about the user's computer or the user watching a video. YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics, prevent fraud and to improve the website experience, among other things. YouTube uses cookies on both youtube.com and on videos embedded from youtube.com.

To learn more about YouTube's privacy practices and the cookies that it uses, please visit http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube

We may from time-to-time embed videos from other sources (e.g. news websites). These additional services may use cookies to report on usage.

How to refuse the use of cookies

Opting out of cookies set by our traffic management software

Other opt-out options

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following link may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Follow the following link for instructions on removing cookies from your particular browser

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

PA job search

As this privacy policy governs our processing of all personal data provided to PA via the PA Job Search you are asked to please read it carefully before submitting any of your personal data via the PA Job Search. If you do not agree to our processing of your data in the manner outlined below, please do not submit any personal data to us.

The information collected via PA Job Search and how PA uses it

Your personal details, including your name, e-mail address and CV, are held and used by PA for the following purposes:

  • For matching your details with job vacancies at PA, to assist PA in the recruitment process;

  • For keeping you informed of PA jobs, services, news and other developments;

  • For personalising PA Job Search to you when you log in; and/or

  • For compiling surveys and studies of applicants to PA.

  • For undertaking online media checks:

    (a) Due to the nature of our business and also the work we undertake for certain clients, online checks may be undertaken, inline with the regulation of the local jurisdiction, to determine if there is any information about you in the public domain that might affect your suitability for the applied role ("Checks"). Checks may reveal information about, your health, political opinions, racial or ethnic origin, criminal record, religious or political beliefs, sexual life that falls within the definition of "personal sensitive information" under the Data Protection Act 1998, or local equivalent. 

    (b) Checks will not be undertaken until just before the final stage of the recruitment process. Any information obtained by any Checks, which makes PA question your suitability for the applied role, will be shared with you so that you will have the opportunity to correct or explain the information before any final decision is made on your application.

    (c) By submitting your application to PA, you will be consenting to PA: (i) undertaking Checks; and (ii) using any information obtained about you from any Check in our final decision making process on your application.

    (d) Information obtained from a Check will be not be retained by us should your application not proceed and neither will it be passed to any third party without your consent”

Disclosures of your information

PA will share your information within PA where necessary in order to process your job application.

Your CV and related information will be sent to any company within PA. Please note that such PA group companies may be located both inside and outside the European Economic Area.

PA may release information relating to you to regulatory or law enforcement authorities, if required to do so. PA reserves the right to disclose the information we have collected about you to our professional advisors and to other persons to the extent that we use third parties to operate parts of PA Job Search. These third parties will be acting under obligations of confidence. PA will also disclose your personal data if we believe in good faith that we are required by law to disclose it in connection with the detection of crime, the collection of taxes or duties, in order to comply with any applicable law, by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, or in connection with legal proceedings. 

The data supplied by you will include the information you supply to PA in your CV (which would include, for example, name, address and qualifications) and other information submitted by you via PA Job Search. You consent to PA using the information provided by you (including, without limitation, sensitive personal data) in order to facilitate the recruitment process on your behalf and in accordance with the terms of this privacy policy. While we will not insist on you supplying PA with any “sensitive personal data” (e.g. relating to health/disabilities, race/ethnicity, trade union membership, criminal convictions), if you choose to provide any such data to PA, you are giving PA your explicit consent to the processing of such data in accordance with this privacy policy.

PA only allows access to your personal data to PeopleClick Limited (whose registered office is at Suite 3, Middlesex House, Rutherford Close, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2EF, England, United Kingdom) and PA staff for the purposes of administering your application via PA Job Search. Such staff and servers used to process your personal data may be located anywhere in the world.

Also, as PA Job Search is an Internet application our staff may access your details from anywhere in the world that they may be working. If we transfer your personal data outside the European Union in this way, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this privacy policy. Your data is held on secure servers hosted by PeopleClick outside the EEA.

We are required by law to hold your personal data for as long as is necessary to comply with our statutory and contractual obligations and in accordance with our legitimate interests as a data controller. We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that your personal data is maintained and up to date. However, you are under a duty to inform PA of any and all changes to your personal data to ensure that it is up to date and we will update or delete your personal data accordingly.

If we have no contact with you then following the expiry of a reasonable period as we consider appropriate we will archive your information or possibly delete it.

Your details will be retained for four years from the end of your most recent application. After such period, if a resume has not been modified by you or has not been part of a proactive search by a member of the PA Recruitment Team we will invite you to either update your profile in our system or upon your request we will anonymise your applicant data, this is an automated process where your candidate data is scrubbed of all personal information such as your email, name and address.

We reserve the right to transfer information (including your personal data) to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of PA provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this privacy policy and provided that the third party only uses your personal data for the purposes that you provided it to us. You will be notified in the event of any such transfer and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt-out.

We also collect information about the way jobseekers and visitors use this website in order to improve our services. We do not use information gained in this way in a way that any individual can be identified, and only use it to understand our users better, and to determine aggregate trends, most popular pages, etc, for all the PA Job Search applicants. We may share this kind of aggregate data with selected third parties to assist with these purposes.

We will not send you unsolicited commercial communications or contact you for direct marketing purposes unless you have indicated that you are happy for PA to do so. However, we will contact you where required to complete the recruitment process.

What other information do we gather?

The type of client/visitor information PA collects generally includes a name, work address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and any other relevant contact details which you have communicated to us by whatever means whether by e-mail, through this website or otherwise. We may also collect information about the use of our products and services, any preferences that we are told about, or information that is submitted voluntarily to us, such as requests for further information in a specific area of interest, an on-line survey or registration for a conference or event.

Why does PA collect this information? How do we use it?

The personal information that is provided by or obtained from you is used and/or held by us for maintaining our records and in order that we can communicate with you.

We need to communicate with you to respond to any requests for information you make and to provide any specific service you request. We may also use the information you provide to send you information which we believe may be useful to you, including newsletters, briefing notes and updates, and invitations to our seminars and other events.

If you do not wish to receive this information please click here to contact the online team.

As a global organisation, PA may develop aggregate anonymised (i.e., not individual) reports which incorporate some of the information provided by clients/visitors. The reports are for the use of our business for research purposes only. Such reports will not include any personally identifiable information.

The PA group of companies includes companies registered in countries outside the European Economic Area, including the United States of America. The European Union does not yet consider that these countries' laws provide an adequate level of protection for personal data. PA may share the personal information that is provided by or obtained from you with its Group companies registered in these overseas countries. They will use your personal information only in strict accordance with this privacy policy.

By providing personal information through this site, such as completing forms, requesting publications, commenting on discussions, contributing to the blog or providing additional information, you are indicating your consent to our obtaining personal information from you and to the holding and use of the personal information that is provided by or obtained from you in accordance with this policy. All personal information is processed in accordance with the principles of data protection contained in the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and Directive 95/46/EC.

If, at any time, you receive unsolicited material and no longer wish to receive such material or you wish to change, update or remove all or any of your personal information, please see 'Correcting and updating your profile' below.

Transmitting personal data over the Internet

If you have been directed to this statement you are reading one of our communications over a non-secure Internet connection. Any personal data you may supply will be transmitted via the Internet, so we are not in a position to guarantee its security in transit to us. On receiving it we will process it in accordance with our privacy policy.

Disclosure of personal information

PA will not sell, rent, trade or otherwise supply to third parties for their own use any personal information obtained from you without your consent.

We will not disclose any personal information provided other than as described in this privacy policy unless you have authorized us to so do, or if we are required to do so by law. Please note that if at any time PA is required by law to release information about you or your organization, PA will co-operate fully with the relevant authorities.

Keeping your personal information secure

PA has security measures designed to protect against the loss, misuse and/or alteration of the information under its control. These include:

  • secure computer storage facilities

  • firewalls. PA has its own firewalls to provide security. These are designed to prevent others from accessing confidential data or accessing PA's internal networks that store client/visitor data.

Correcting and updating your profile

To help us keep our databases up-to-date we would be grateful if you would let us know as soon as any of your contact details change or if you notice any inaccuracies in them. To find out what personal data we hold on you or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our databases, please click here to get in touch. Any such data subject requests may be subject to the prescribed fee which is currently £10 in the United Kingdom.

PA gives individuals the following options for accessing and modifying information previously provided:

  • where you communicate personal information to us through this website, you may gain access to the information that PA has collected about you by contacting the person named as contact on the relevant web page

  • by sending an email to the online team 

Scope of the policy

Please note, this privacy policy does not apply to actions, processes or policies of PA that are directly related to employee records of current or former employees.

Changes to the policy

PA will update this privacy policy as required. If changes to our policy do occur, they will be posted on PA's website so that those affected are always aware of the type of information collected, how the information may be used, and under what circumstances and to whom it may be disclosed by PA.