Job applicant (online careers portal)
This Privacy Notice will illustrate how your personal data and, if applicable, special categories of personal data will be used by Link as part of our recruitment, selection and vetting processes for vacancies applied for through Link’s Online Careers Portal. It will provide you with information about your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 [GDPR] and the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended) [the Data Protection Legislation] and how to action these rights.
Link Group's Human Resources [team] provides recruitment, selection and vetting services on behalf of all Link subsidiaries. Link collects and processes personal and special categories of personal data relating to job applicants in order to facilitate these processes as appropriate to the vacancy and services the job provides to our tenants, service users, organisation or staff.
This privacy notice covers the data contained in Link’s online career portal, submitted for selection for a specified vacancy, once an offer of employment/contract for service is made including vetting process up to the start date with Link as either an employee or worker. On and after starting with Link your data is covered by a separate privacy notice.
- What data we need
To allow us to provide these services we process the following information about you which may include:
- Link careers portal username and password;
- applications that have been submitted to a specified vacancy and new applications created in preparation to apply for a specified vacancy;
- your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
- details of your qualifications, professional memberships, 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, selection and vetting process;
- information about your entitlement to work in the UK;
- information to confirm your identity and proof of address;
- information on your relationship of any friends or relatives that are members of Link’s Board of Management, Committees or staff;
- information on if you have a current driving licence and/or access to a vehicle;
- information on two appropriate individuals that can provide a reference on your suitability for the post in which you have applied;
- information on criminal convictions or offences;
- information on your skills, experience, competency, behaviors through selection assessments; and
- with your consent information on where you heard of the vacancy and equal opportunities monitoring information is not needed for the purposes of recruitment and selection so it is optional for you to provide.
- Why we need it
We need your information to process your application for the following reasons:
- Link needs to process data prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you if your application is successful;
- Link needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment/contract for service starts;
- Link processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment and selection process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to the Equality Act 2010;
- Link is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the organisation seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment. for certain posts, as a provider of “regulated work” as defined by Scheduled 2 and 3 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 and the Police Act 1997;
- Link 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 Link to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a job applicant’s suitability for employment/engaging on a contract for service and decide to whom to offer a job/contract for service;
- Link may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims;
- where Link processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and is at your discretion to provide;
- where Link relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not;
- Link will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment, selection and if appropriate vetting process for the post(s) in which you have applied.
- Automated decision-making in the recruitment and selection process
Some of Link’s recruitment processes are occasionally based on automated decision-making. At the beginning of the online application process you may be asked a number of questions that require a yes or no answer. The answers you provide to these questions may automatically end the application process as based on the information provided you do not meet the legal and/or essential criteria for the vacancy. For example, a question may ask if you have the right to work in the UK, if a job applicant answered no to the question, then the application would end and would not be taken forward to the recruitment and selection process. The job applicant is welcome to contact Link Human Resources to discuss the reason if this happens.
- Who has access to your data?
Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment, selection and vetting process. This includes members of the HR team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff/ system suppliers if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles and services.
- Sharing your Information
The information you provide to us will be treated by us as confidential.
During the selection process Link will seek information from third parties as appropriate to the selection process for the post:
- when an applicant has advised they require a reasonable adjustment to participate in recruitment and selection process Link may seek independent medical advice from an Occupational Health provider to support making the appropriate reasonable adjustments;
- when a selection process requires the use of a third party to process the assessment, information will be provided to them to undertake this service on our behalf.
Link will seek information from the following third parties only once a job offer/contract for service has been made and verbally accepted and will inform you that it is doing so. Link may disclose your information as appropriate to third parties who act for us for the purposes set out in this notice including the following:
- former employers and/or referees to obtain references for you and as an employment/contract for service background check;
- Pre-Employment Health Assessment Questionnaire is completed by you and sent directly to Link’s Occupational Health Provider for processing. The outcome of the assessment is shared with Link and if appropriate to the outcome of the initial assessment, further medical reports or assessments may be required with your consent;
- based on the legal requirement of the post you have applied for, if you are not already a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme, you will be required to complete and return an application form to obtain necessary criminal records and disclosure checks at the time and for the duration of your appointment to the post;
- based on the legal requirement of the post you have applied for, you may be required to complete a Disclosure Scotland criminal records and disclosure check at the time of appointment and every three years thereafter for the duration of your appointment to the post;
- based on the requirements of the post you have applied for you may require a driving licence and, if necessary, have access to a roadworthy vehicle with the required insurance to drive for business purposes. If this is the case, then your details will be provided to a third party to undertake these checks on our behalf;
- based on the requirements of the post, Link may need to validate that you have the required qualifications and/or professional memberships from the issuing body in circumstances e.g. Scottish Social Services Council;
- if necessary, Link may need to seek advice from regulatory bodies on your legal right to work in the UK;
- if necessary, Link may seek legal advice in relation to the processing of your application in relation to the recruitment, selection and vetting processes and outcomes.
Link will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.
- Receiving data about you
We may receive information from third parties about you as outlined above.
- What if you do not provide personal data?
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to apply for a post within Link but if you submit an application you will be required to provide data to Link during the recruitment, selection and vetting process. However, if you do not provide the information, Link will not be able to process your application properly or at all.
If offered employment/contract of service, then you are under a pre-contractual obligation to provide data to Link to enable the vetting to be undertaken. Often these checks are required by a statutory obligation based on the job sector requirements and work environment. Therefore, if you do not provide the information, unreasonably refuse consent for additional relevant information Link will not be able to complete the vetting and the offer of employment/contract for service will be withdrawn.
- Where we store your data
Link collects 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 including online tests.
Link will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your online careers portal account, application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).
- How long we will keep your information
We review our data retention periods regularly and will only hold your personal data for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as required by law (we may be legally required to hold some types of information), or as set out in any relevant contract we have with you.
We will generally keep your information for the following minimum periods after which this will be destroyed if it is no longer required for the reasons it was obtained.
Condition of Processing
Speculative CV’s and information provided by potential job applicants and/or recruitment agencies unrelated to a specific current vacancy.
Destroyed on receipt. Vacancies are advertised on the careers portal and Link only accepts applications for a vacant position when advertised.
Link Careers Portal – job applicant active profile account.
Legal basis of processing is consent therefore account will be active until requested to be closed by job applicant or it becomes inactive (see below).
Link Careers Portal – job applicant – inactive profile account.
Closed after 2 years from last log-on if account is inactive.
Unsuccessful job applicant data submitted in relation to a vacancy.
7 months from the vacant post(s) being offered and accepted, unless there is a legal basis for retaining for a longer period.
Successful job applicant data submitted in relation to a vacancy.
Transferred to employee/worker personnel file. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.
- Updating your information
If your details change, please either update the information in the careers portal directly, or if it is in relation to information submitted for a specific vacancy then contact Link Human Resources on email@example.com, 0330 303 0124 or in writing to Link Group Limited, Link House, 2c New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL to inform us to ensure that all of the information we hold about you is up to date.