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Applicants’ Privacy Notice
aql is 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 the recruitment process, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and applies to all candidates.
The controller of your personal information is (aq) Limited, whose registered address is 13-15 Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
(referred to as aql).
This Privacy Notice is for information only; it is not a contractual agreement.
More information is available in the FAQ section below...
In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:
- The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and covering letter/email;
- Any information you provide to us during an interview; and
- Information you provide in relation to your right to work documentation.
We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions;
- Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records; and
- Information about your criminal record.
We collect personal information from the following sources:
- You, the candidate;
- Recruitment agencies;
- Our DBS check/security vetting provider;
- Publicly accessible sources, e.g. LinkedIn;
- Your named referees.
We need to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. We 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 our legal obligations. For example, we are required to check your eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
We have a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from you allows us to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm your suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. We may also need to process data from you to comply with legal or regulatory requirements and respond to and defend against legal claims.
We process health information if we need to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for you. This is to carry out our obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
Where we process 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.
We are entitled to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role. We use a third party to do this on our behalf and may receive a copy of their report if you have consented for us to do so
We will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment process.
Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment process. This includes members of the HR team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, the senior leadership team, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.
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 our DBS check / security vetting provider to obtain necessary background checks. All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies.
We do not envisage transferring the personal information we collect about you outside the EU.
We take the security of your data seriously. 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.
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, we will hold your data on file for a maximum of 12 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.
If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis.
If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file, to be retained in line with our data retention policy.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
- access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
- require us to change incorrect or incomplete data;
- require us 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 we are relying on our legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
- ask us to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override our legitimate grounds for processing data.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact either a member of the HR team or our Data Protection Officer.
If you believe that we have not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to us during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, we may not be able to take your application further.
We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time. You should check this page from time to time to ensure you are happy with any changes. This notice is effective from 10th February 2021.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact our Data Protection Officer at TheDPO@uk.aql.com.