Applicant Privacy Notice

About this document

1.1       The Company is aware of its obligations under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UKGDPR) and is committed to processing your data securely and transparently.  This privacy notice sets out, in line with UKGDPR, the types of data that we hold on you as a job applicant. It also sets out how we use that information, how long we keep it for and other relevant information about your data.


Data Controller details

2.1       The Company is a data controller, meaning that it determines the processes to be used when using your personal data. Contact details regarding personal data is as follows: Kim Goddard, Group Head of Human Resources,


Data protection principles

3.1       In relation to your personal data, we will;

  • Process it fairly, lawfully and in a clear, transparent way
  • Collect your data only for reasons that we find proper for the course of your application in ways that have been explained to you
  • Only use it in the way that we have told you about
  • Ensure it is correct and up to date
  • Keep your data for only as long as we need it
  • Process it in a way that ensures it will not be used for anything that you are not aware of or have consented to (as appropriate), lost or destroyed


Types of data we process

4.1       We hold many types of data about you, including;

  • Your personal details including your name, address, date of birth, email address, phone numbers & whether or not you have a disability
  • Gender and Marital status
  • Information included on your CV including references, education history and employment history
  • Documentation relating to your right to work in the UK


How we collect your data

5.1       We collect data about you in a variety of ways including the information you include in a CV, recruitment cover letter, or notes made by us during a recruitment interview.  Further information will be collected from you directly such as evidence of your right to work in the UK.  

5.2       In some cases, we will collect data from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers when gathering references or credit reference agencies.

5.3       Personal data is kept within the Company’s HR and IT systems.  


Why we process your data

6.1       The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only;

  • 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

6.2       All of the processing carried out by us falls into one of the permitted reasons. 

6.3       Generally, we will rely on the first three reasons set out above to process your data.  For example, we need to collect your personal data to ensure we are complying with legal requirements such as:

  • Carry out the right to work in the UK checks
  • Making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.

6.4       We also collect data so that we can carry out activities which are in the legitimate interests of the Company.  We have set these out below:

  • Making decisions about who to offer initial employment to
  • Making decisions about salary and other benefits
  • Assess training needs
  • Dealing with potential claims against us
  • Ensuring our compliance with FCA requirements

6.5       If you are unsuccessful in obtaining employment, your data will only be used to provide feedback in relation to the specific application and to seek your consent to retain your data should other suitable job vacancies arise in the Company, 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. 


Special categories of data

7.1       Special categories of data are data relating to your:

  • Health
  • Sex life
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Ethnic origin
  • Political opinion
  • Religion
  • Trade union membership
  • Genetic and biometric data

7.2       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

7.3       We will use your special category data:

  • For the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring
  • To determine reasonable adjustments

7.4       We do not need your consent if we use special categories of personal data to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights under employment law. 

7.5       However, we may ask you for your consent to process 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.


Criminal conviction data

8.1       We will only collect criminal conviction data where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us.  For example, we will use criminal conviction data as part of the Fit & Proper Declaration process for Senior and/ or regulated roles in accordance with the FCA. 


If you do not provide your data to us

9.1       One of the reasons for processing your data is to allow us to carry out an effective recruitment process.  You are under no obligation to provide us with your data, however, we may not be able to process or continue with your application (as appropriate).


Sharing your data

10.1     Your data will be shared with colleagues within the Company where it is necessary for them to undertake their duties.  This includes, for example, the HR department, those who are responsible for screening applications and interviewing within the hiring department and the IT department, where you may be required to undertake assessments.

10.2     We share your data with third parties to obtain references as part of the recruitment process and to log your application on our recruitment tracking system. 

10.3     We do not share your data with bodies outside of the European Economic Area.


Protecting your data

11.1     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.

11.2     Where we share your data with third parties, we provide written instructions to them to ensure that your data is held securely and in line with UKGDPR requirements.  Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.


How long we keep your data for

12.1 How long we hold your personal data for will vary. The retention period will be determined by various criteria including:

  1. the purpose for which we are using it – we will need to keep the data for as long as is necessary for that purpose;
  2. legal obligations – laws or regulation may set a minimum period for which we have to keep your personal data; and
  3. our legitimate interest – we need to retain the data in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights and to verify compliance with our internal processes.

12.2     In most cases we retain job applicants’ data for 6 months from the date on which the recruiting campaign for the position to which the candidate applied is closed.


Automated decision making

13.1     No decision will be made about you solely on the basis of automated decision making (where a decision is taken about you using an electronic system without human involvement) which has a significant impact on you.


Your rights in relation to your data

14.1     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 to the Human Resources Director via email ( The email should be clearly titled “subject access request” Please include details of the specific information you require and reasons for requesting the information.
  • The right for any inaccuracies to be corrected.  If any data that we hold about you is incomplete or inaccurate, you are able to require us to correct it.
  • The right to request that we erase your personal data in certain circumstances. Please note that there may be circumstances where you ask us to erase your personal data but we are legally entitled to retain it.
  • The right to restrict the processing of data.  For example, if you believe the data we hold is incorrect, we will stop processing the data (whilst still holding it) until we have ensured that the data is correct.
  • The right to portability.  You may transfer the data 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 it 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 ways that adversely affects your legal rights.

14.2     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.


Making a complaint

15.1     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.


Data protection compliance

16.1     James Lasenby is the Company’s appointed Compliance Officer in respect of its data protection activities. He can be contacted at

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