Strand Recruitment Ltd are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your relationship with us, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This notice applies to:
- All Client’s
- All Candidates and Agency Workers
- All Third Parties and Suppliers with whom we have dealings in the ordinary course of our business including those individuals with whom we send marketing information regarding
Any reference to ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’, ‘the company’ shall mean Strand Recruitment Ltd.
Any reference to ‘you’ or ‘Data Subject’ shall mean any individual receiving this notice for whom we hold personal data. This Privacy Statement does not include information relating to the retention of data on limited companies as such data is not incorporated within the provisions of GDPR.
In many circumstances we hold your data as a “Data Controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice. In some circumstances we may acquire or handle your data as a ‘Data Processor’ which means we have been asked to handle your data by a third party other than yourself and do not directly store your data.
We may update this notice at any time.
It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.
DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
We will comply with data protection laws including GDPR. This says that the personal information we hold about you must 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 CLIENTS AND CANDIDATES
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
There are “special categories” of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.
We will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about candidates and temporary agency staff:
- Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses.
- Date of birth.
- Marital status and dependants.
- National Insurance number.
- Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information (for temporary workers only).
- Salary, annual leave, pension and benefits information.
- Start date.
- Location of employment or workplace.
- Next of kin details.
- Driving licence.
- Information regarding points in relation to that licence.
- Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter or as part of the application process).
- Employment records (including job titles, work history, working hours, training records and professional memberships).
- Notice period applicable to the candidate’s current employment.
- Details relating to candidate’s holidays to be taken within the next 12 months.
- Employee sickness records (number of days absent in the last 2 years).
- Performance information may be held but not disclosed.
- Information about your use of our information and communications systems.
We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information in respect of Candidates and Temporary Agency Staff:
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions.
- Trade union membership.
- Information about your health, medical conditions, disabilities, health and sickness records.
- We may request information about criminal convictions and offences and/or any pending prosecutions.
- Should the agent and/or candidate confirm they are subject to a conviction, a DBS / CRB check may be undertaken and held on record. This information will not be disclosed to a third party without the agent and/or candidate’s permission.
We will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about business clients:
- Business address and company registration number(s).
- Line manager contact details for the business we contact;
- The role the business is looking to recruit for (role specification);
- The ideal candidate to suit the role.
WHY WE HOLD INFORMATION ON CLIENTS AND CANDIDATES
It is necessary for us to retain data on clients and candidates in order for us to fulfil our contractual obligations and we must hold data for our legitimate business needs.
We will only retain data which we reasonably require and for a period which is reasonably necessary.
We will not disclose your data to the third parties unless you have consented for us to do so or we are otherwise required to do either contractually or under another law or enactment.
Occasionally, a candidate’s potential employer may request further information about the candidate that we do not hold currently hold. If we ask the candidate for this information and it is provided, the candidate is consenting to us providing this information to its potential employer for the purposes of considering him/her for a role within it’s company.
Similarly, the candidate may request additional information from us that we do not currently hold. Should further information be sought from our client (as the potential employer), consent is deemed to have been given and the information will be relayed to the candidate as presented to us.
HOW IS CLIENT AND CANDIDATE PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED?
We collect personal information about clients and candidates from themselves when instructions are provided to commence the search for employment. We will also receive information from businesses in search of a candidate. This information will include job specifications and information regarding their ideal candidate.
We may sometimes collect additional information from third parties such as character referees, previous employer references, credit reference agencies or other background check agencies such as the Disclosure and Barring Service. For business clients, we may obtain further information from Companies House if necessary.
Client and Candidate data is stored on our CRM system, Recruit Studio. We reserve the right to change this CRM system without notification to another equivalent system but at all times we will ensure the appropriate security of your data.
In some circumstances we acquire data regarding Candidates from Job Websites such as Reed, Total Jobs, Job Site, CV Library and other Job Boards with whom a Candidate has registered. If we contact a Candidate via a Job Board we will ordinarily ask a Candidate to complete our own application form. We will not disclose Candidate information to a prospective employer without the consent of the candidate unless the candidate has provided us with consent to disclose their personal data to all suitable prospective employers.
HOW WE WILL USE INFORMATION ABOUT CLIENTS AND CANDIDATES
We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:
- Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
- Where it is needed in the public interest [or for official purposes].
Situations in which we will use your personal information
We need all the categories of information in the list above to allow us to perform our contract with you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. In some cases we may use your personal information to pursue legitimate interests of our own or those of third parties, provided your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. The situations in which we will process your personal information are listed below.
- To find the right role or candidate for you.
- Administering the contract we have entered into with you.
- Dealing with legal disputes involving you.
- To prevent fraud.
- To market other products or services which we offer which may be of interest to you.
- To inform you about updates about the Company and advise you of any upcoming opportunities and/or promotions.
- To administer our business services which include disclosure of Candidate and Client data to our accountant, Michael Harle at Northern Accountants, and our invoice factoring company, Simplicity.
Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.
In certain circumstances listed above, we hold your data in order to market other services to you. We have a legitimate business interest in retaining your data for this purpose but you may ‘opt out’ of receiving marketing communications from us.
We may exchange your personal information if all, or substantially all, our assets are merged or acquired by a third party, or we expand or re-organise our business, in which case your personal information may form part of the transferred or merged assets or we may need to transfer your information to new entities or third parties through which our business will be carried out.
If you fail to provide personal information
If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations.
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
THE KIND OF INFORMATION WE HOLD ABOUT INDIVIDUALS OTHER THAN CLIENTS AND HOW THIS DATA IS USED
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
During the course of our day to day basis we acquire information regarding individuals other than our Clients and we will retain this data where we have a legitimate business reason to do so.
Typically, we acquire personal data on individuals other than our clients in the following circumstances:
- Where we have met individuals at networking or other marketing events;
- Where individuals have made enquiries with us regarding possible services but have not subsequently become clients of the business;
- Where we have dealt with individuals in the capacity as suppliers of goods or services to the Company;
- Where we have regular business-related dealings with you.
- We may acquire personal data from job sites such as Reed, Total Jobs and Job Site.
In many circumstances the extent of the data we hold is limited and may be publicly available by way of other websites but usually the information we will retain is limited to:
- Contact information including but not limited to email addresses, contact telephone numbers, business addresses and in some cases personal addresses.
We have a legitimate business interest in retaining this data on the basis that we must retain some personal data on third parties and suppliers in the ordinary course of business. We may also use this data to send marketing information to you in respect of promotions, events or other updates relating to us. We have a legitimate interest in retaining your data for this purpose however you have the right to ask us to erase or rectify your data and the right to opt out of receiving marketing information.
INFORMATION ABOUT CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS
We may only use information relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our obligations and provided we do so in line with our data protection policy. Less commonly, we may use information relating to criminal convictions where it is necessary in relation to legal claims, where it is necessary to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public. Our application form asks for information in relation to convictions and/or pending prosecutions. This information will not be disclosed to a third party without the candidate’s permission.
We may have to share your data with third parties, including third-party service providers and other entities in the group. We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.
Your data is stored on our database system called ‘Recruit Studio’. The servers for these systems are based inside the EU.
We may transfer your personal information outside the EU. If we do, you can expect a similar degree of protection in respect of your personal information.
Why might you share my personal information with third parties?
We will share your personal information with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.
Which third-party service providers process my personal information?
“Third parties” includes third-party service providers (including job boards and designated agents) and other entities within our group. The following third-party service providers process personal information about you for the following purposes:
- Michael Harle, our accountant, for accounting and financial auditing purposes for our business;
- Our outsourced invoice company called Simplicity for the purpose of invoice factoring.
How secure is my information with third-party service providers and other entities in our group?
All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group 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 third party contracts in place with all third parties we deal with.
We have put in place measures to protect the security of your information. Third parties will only process your personal information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially and to keep it secure.
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 have a business need to know. 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.
The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted online and transmission is made at your own risk. If you communicate with us by email then you assume the risks of such communications being intercepted, not received or delivered or are received by individuals other than the intended recipient.
How long will you use my information for?
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you.
In respect of Client and Candidate data we will typically hold data relating to your instructions for a period of 7 years after completion of the last matter in which we acted for a Client or Candidate. The reason for this is that the Limitation Act 1980 typically provides that legal proceedings for breach of contract or negligence can be brought up to 6 years after the events.
We therefore have a legitimate business interest in retaining the data should any subsequent legal proceedings ensue.
Given the nature of our role, candidates, agents and businesses often return to us with repeat instructions within weeks, months or years of contacting us in the first instance. The 7 year period referred to above will start from the last contact we had with the agent/candidate or business to ensure we are able to assist as and when we need to. Should you not contact us for 7 years, we will confidentially destroy all data held for you.
RIGHTS OF ACCESS, CORRECTION, ERASURE, AND RESTRICTION
Your duty to inform us of changes
It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your working relationship with us.
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 lawfully processing it.
- 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 Emma Easton, the Director of Strand Recruitment Ltd in writing.
Please note that where you ask us to erase, correct, object to process or seek to restrict our processing of data we may refuse your request where we have a legal obligation, contractual or other legitimate business interest to refuse your request. If we refuse your request then we will notify you of this refusal and you will have the right to appeal.
No fee usually required.
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
What we may need from you:
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please Emma Easton, the Director of Strand Recruitment Ltd in writing. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
DATA PROTECTION OFFICER
We have appointed Data Privacy Manager 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 Emma.Easton@strandrecruitment.com, the data privacy manager. 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.
Information Commissioner’s Office
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.
CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact Emma Easton, the Managing Director of Strand Recruitment Ltd by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or wish to submit a complaint then please submit this to:
Strand Recruitment Ltd
Building 5, Carrwood Park
You have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office or such other regulatory body or supervisory authority as may be appointed from time to time. If you make a complaint then we will respond to let you know how your complaint will be handled.