(compliant with GDPR)
As part of any recruitment process, WestCountry Personnel Ltd collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
What information do we collect?
WestCountry Recruitment Ltd collects a range of information about you. This includes:
- Your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
- Details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
- Information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
- Whether or not you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable
- Adjustments during the recruitment process; and
- Information about your entitlement to work in the UK.
WestCountry Recruitment Ltd may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment.
We may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers. We will seek information from third parties as part of the full recruitment process.
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).
Why does WestCountry Recruitment Ltd process personal data?
We need to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. We may also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, we need to process data to ensure that we are complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is mandatory to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
WestCountry Recruitment Ltd has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows us to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. We may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
WestCountry Recruitment Ltd may process special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion or belief, to monitor recruitment statistics. We may also collect information about whether or not applicants are disabled to make reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability. We process such information to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
If your application is unsuccessful, WestCountry Recruitment Ltd may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. We will ask for your consent before it keeps your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time.
Who has access to data?
Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes:
- Members of the WestCountry Personnel team
- End client HR and interviewers involved in the recruitment process
- Managers in the business area with a vacancy
- IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.
The above are all subject to our confidentiality clauses as per their relevant terms of business We will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and we make you an offer of employment. We will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you and employment background check providers when necessary for the role sought.
How does WestCountry Personnel Ltd protect data?
We take the security of your data seriously. We have internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.
For how long does WestCountry Personnel Ltd keep data?
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the organisation will hold your data on file for 6 (six) months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow us to keep your personal data on file, we will hold your data on file for a further 6 (six) months for consideration for future employment opportunities. At the end of that period, or once you withdraw your consent, your data is deleted/destroyed. You will be asked when you submit your CV whether you give us consent to hold your details for 6 months in order to be considered for other positions or not.
When assigned to a role, personal data gathered will retained during your active period with the agency.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
- Access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
- Require the organisation to change incorrect or incomplete data;
- Require the organisation to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing
- Object to the processing of your data where WestCountry Recruitment Ltd is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact the Managing Director, Sophie Howe on Sophie@westcountrypersonnel.co.uk
If you believe that the organisation has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
What if you do not provide personal data?
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to WestCountry Recruitment Ltd during the recruitment
process. However, if you do not provide the information, we may not be able to process your application properly or at all.
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