Candidate Privacy Notice
What Is The Purpose Of This Document
Project One Consulting Limited is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. You are being sent a copy of this privacy notice because you are applying for work with us (whether as an employee, worker or contractor). It makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). This Privacy Notice applies to the whole of the recruitment or engagement process from the application stage through to the offer and signed acceptance of the employment, work or contract with us.
Data Protection Principles
We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:
- Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way;-
- Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes;-
- Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes;-
- Accurate and kept up to date;-
- Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about;-
- Kept securely.
The Kind Of Information We Hold About You
In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:
- The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and covering letter;-
- The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, date of birth, gender, employment history, qualifications;-
- Any information you provide to us during an interview.
We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information at the appropriate stage in the process:
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions;-
- Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records;-
- Information about criminal convictions and offences.
How Is Your Personal Information Collected
We collect personal information about candidates at the appropriate stage in the recruitment or engagement process from the following sources:
- You, the candidate;
- A recruitment agency;
- Project One referrer;
- A background check provider;
- A credit reference agency;
- Disclosure and Barring Service in respect of criminal convictions;
- Your named referees;
- A publicly accessible source, such as LinkedIn, Companies House or a previous employer’s website.
How We Will Use Information About You
We will use the personal information we collect about you to:
- Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the work or role;-
- Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable;-
- Communicate with you about the recruitment process;-
- Keep records related to our hiring processes;-
- Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
Where we have a vacant role in which we are looking to appoint someone to, it is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to that role.
We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract or contract of employment with you.
We will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be shortlisted for the role or work. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview. If we decide to progress you through the interview process, we will use the information you provide to us during the interviews to decide whether to offer you the role or work. If we decide to offer you the role or work, we may then take up references and/or carry out a criminal record and/or carry out any other check before confirming your appointment.
If You Fail To Provide Personal Information
If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a credit check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.
How We Use Particularly Sensitive Personal Information
We will use your particularly sensitive personal information in the following ways:
- We will use information about your disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made during a test or interview.
- We will use information about your race or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, or your sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.
Information About Criminal Convictions
We envisage that we may process information about criminal convictions where relevant, depending upon the work or role.
Where appropriate for the particular work or role, we will collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you the work or role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). We are entitled where appropriate for the particular work or role to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role. In particular, where:
- We are legally required to carry out criminal record checks for those carrying out the role work.
- The role is one which is listed on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (SI 1975/1023) and/or is also specified in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations (SI 2002/233) and so is eligible for a standard or enhanced, as appropriate, check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- The role or work requires a high degree of trust and integrity and so we would like to ask you to seek a basic disclosure of your criminal records history.
You will not be subject to decisions based solely on automated decision-making.
Why might you share my personal information with third parties
We will only share your personal information with third parties where necessary/or appropriate for the purposes of processing your application: for example, the search or recruitment consultancy. All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who need to know for business reasons. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
How long will you use my information for?
We will retain your personal information for a period of 24 months after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role or work. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in the future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis.
Rights Of Access, Correction, Erasure And Restriction
Your rights in connection with personal information
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are processing it lawfully.
- Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
- Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
- Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
- Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Data Protection Officer in writing.
Right To Withdraw Consent
When applying for a role, you will be required to provide consent that allows the processing of your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact the Data Protection Officer. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application and, subject to our retention policy, we will dispose of your personal data securely.
Data Protection Officer
We have appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the DPO. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.
Changes to this privacy notice
We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact Mahmood Ghaznavi, Data Protection Officer, The Clock Tower, Manor Lane, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 8DJ