Hill & Robb Ltd 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).
Data protection principles
In relation to your personal data, we will:
process fairly, lawfully and in a clear, transparent way;
collect your data only for reasons that we find proper for the course of your employment in ways that have been explained to you;
use them only in the way(s) that we have told you about;
ensure they are correct and up to date;
keep your data for only as long as we need them; and
process them in a way that ensures they will not be lost, not be destroyed or used for anything that you are not aware of or have not consented to.
Types of data we process
We hold many types of data about you including:
your personal details including your name, address, date of birth, email address, phone numbers;
medical or health information including whether or not you have a disability;
information included on your CV including references, education history and employment history;
documentation relating to your right to work in the UK;
driving licence; and
details of your criminal record.
How we collect your data
We collect data about you in a variety of ways including the information you would normally include in a covering letter, CV or a job application form, or notes made by our managers during a recruitment interview. Further information will be collected directly from you when you complete forms at the start of your employment, for example, your bank and next of kin details. Other details may be collected directly from you in the form of official documentation such as your driving licence, passport or other right to work evidence.
In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers when gathering references or credit reference agencies.
Personal data are kept in personnel files or within Hill & Robb Ltd HR and IT systems.
Why we process your data
The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only:
In order to perform the employment contract that we are party to.
In order to carry out legally required duties.
In order for us to carry out our legitimate interests.
To protect your interests and
Where something is done in the public interest.
All of the processing carried out by us falls into one of the permitted reasons and it is probable that we will rely on the first three reasons set out above to process your data.
We need to collect your data to ensure we are complying with legal requirements such as:
carrying out checks in relation to your right to work in the UK; and
making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
We also collect data so that we can carry out activities which are in the legitimate interests of Hill & Robb Ltd. We have set these out below:
Making decisions about whom to offer employment to.
Making decisions about salary and other benefits.
Assessing training needs.
Dealing with legal claims made against us.
If you are unsuccessful in obtaining employment, we may seek your consent to retaining your data in case other suitable job vacancies arise at Hill & Robb Ltd for which we think you may wish to apply. You are free to withhold your consent to this and there will be no consequences for withholding consent, other than you potentially not being made aware of suitable Hill & Robb Ltd job vacancies that arise.
Special categories of data
Special categories of data are data relating to your:
trade union membership; and
genetic and biometric data.
We must process special categories of data in accordance with more stringent guidelines. Most commonly, we will process special categories of data when the following applies:
You have given explicit consent to the processing.
We must process the data in order to carry out our legal obligations.
We must process data for reasons of substantial public interest.
You have already made the data public.
We will use your special category data for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring.
We do not need your consent if we use special categories of personal data in order to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights under employment law. However, we may ask for your consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If this occurs, you will be made fully aware of the reasons for the processing. As with all cases of seeking consent from you, you will have full control over your decision to give or withhold consent and there will be no consequences where consent is withheld. Consent, once given, may be withdrawn at any time. There will be no consequences where consent is withdrawn.
Criminal conviction data
We will collect criminal conviction data only where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us. Such data will usually be collected prior to your employment should you be successful in obtaining employment. We use criminal conviction data in order for us to carry out our legitimate interests and obligations to our clients and partners who require checks to be carried out in order for us to work on their projects.
We rely on the lawful basis of carrying out our legitimate interests to process this data.
If you do not provide your data to us
One of the reasons for processing your data is to allow us to carry out an effective recruitment process. Whilst you are under no obligation to provide us with your data, we may not able to process, or continue with your application if you do not.
Sharing your data
Your data will be shared with colleagues within Hill & Robb Ltd where it is necessary for them to undertake their duties with regard to recruitment.
In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies.
Your data will be shared with third parties if you are successful in your job application. In these circumstances, we will share your data in order to:
obtain references as part of the recruitment process;
obtain a criminal records check;
make decisions about your fitness for work through our occupational health providers; and
tender for new business (abridged CV).
We do not share your data with bodies outside the European Economic Area.
Protecting your data
We are aware of the requirement to ensure your data is protected against accidental loss or disclosure, destruction and abuse. We have implemented processes to guard against such. If you wish to obtain more information on our policies or processes please contact Sandy Tennant at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fleur McIntosh at email@example.com.
Where we share your data with third parties, we will either have data sharing agreements in place or we will confirm that your data are being held securely and in line with GDPR requirements. Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.
How long we keep your data for
In line with data protection principles, we keep your data only for as long as we need them for and this will depend on whether or not you are successful in obtaining employment with us.
If your application is not successful and we have not sought consent or you have not provided consent to our request to keep your data for the purpose of future suitable job vacancies, we will keep your data for six months once the recruitment exercise ends.
If we have sought your consent to keep your data on file for future job vacancies, and you have provided consent, we will keep your data for one year once the recruitment exercise ends. At the end of this period, we will delete or destroy your data, unless you have already withdrawn your consent to our processing of your data, in which case it will be deleted or destroyed upon your withdrawal of consent.
If your application is successful, your data will be kept and transferred to the systems we administer for employees. We have a separate privacy notice for employees, which will be provided to you.
Transferring personal information outside the European Economic Area
The firm will not transfer your personal information to countries outside the European Economic Area.
Automated decision making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention. We are allowed to use automated decision making in the following circumstances:
Where we have notified you of the decision and given you 21 days to request a reconsideration.
Where it is necessary to perform the contract with you and appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights.
In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent and where appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights.
You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision making, unless we have a lawful basis for doing so and we have notified you.
We do not envisage that any decision will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.
Your rights in relation to your data
The law on data protection gives you certain rights in relation to the data we hold on you. These are:
The right to be informed. This means that we must tell you how we use your data, and this is the purpose of this privacy notice.
The right of access. You have the right to access the data that we hold on you. To do so, you should make a subject access request
The right for any inaccuracies to be corrected. If any data that we hold about you are incomplete or inaccurate, you are able to require us to correct them.
The right to have information deleted. If you would like us to stop processing your data, you have the right to ask us to delete them from our systems where you believe there is no reason for us to continue processing them.
The right to restrict the processing of the data. For example, if you believe the data we hold are incorrect, we will stop processing the data (whilst still holding them) until we have ensured that the data are correct.
The right to portability. You may transfer the data that we hold on you for your own purposes.
The right to object to the inclusion of any information. You have the right to object to the way we use your data where we are using them for our legitimate interests.
The right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal data. You have a right not to be subject to automated decision making in way that adversely affects your legal rights.
Where you have provided consent to our use of your data, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the data that you had previously given us consent to use. There will be no consequences for withdrawing your consent. However, in some cases, we may continue to use the data where so permitted by having a legitimate reason for doing so.
The supervisory authority in the UK for data protection matters is the Information Commissioner (ICO). If you think your data protection rights have been breached in any way by us, you are able to make a complaint to the ICO by contacting the helpline on 0303 123 1113.