1.1. This Policy sets out the obligations of Portman Recruitment Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales under number 11034153, whose registered office is at 300 Silk House, Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7QJ (“the Company”) regarding data protection and the rights of customers, business contacts, and private individuals (“data subjects”) in respect of their personal data under EU Regulation 2016⁄679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
1.2. The GDPR defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a “data subject”); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
1.3. This Policy sets the Company’s obligations regarding the collection, processing, transfer, storage, and disposal of personal data. The procedures and principles set out herein must be followed at all times by the Company, its employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company.
1.4. The Company is committed not only to the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law and places high importance on the correct, lawful, and fair handling of all personal data, respecting the legal rights, privacy, and trust of all individuals with whom it deals.
2.1 This Policy aims to ensure compliance with the GDPR. The GDPR sets out the following principles with which any party handling personal data must comply. All personal data must be:
3.1. The GDPR sets out the following rights applicable to data subjects (please refer to the parts of this policy indicated for further details):
4.1. The GDPR seeks to ensure that personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting the rights of the data subject. The GDPR states that processing of personal data shall be lawful if at least one of the following applies:
4.2. If the personal data in question is “special category data” (also known as “sensitive personal data”) (for example, data concerning the data subject’s race, ethnicity, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (if used for ID purposes), health, sex life, or sexual orientation), at least one of the following conditions must be met:
5.1. The Company collects and processes the personal data set out in Part 21 of this Policy. This includes:
5.2. The Company only collects, processes, and holds personal data for the specific purposes set out in Part 21 of this Policy (or for other purposes expressly permitted by the GDPR).
5.3. Data subjects are kept informed at all times of the purpose or purposes for which the Company uses their personal data. Please refer to Part 12 for more information on keeping data subjects informed.
6.1. The Company will only collect and process personal data for and to the extent necessary for the specific purpose or purposes of which data subjects have been informed (or will be informed) as under Part 5, above, and as set out in Part 21, below.
7.1. The Company shall ensure that all personal data collected, processed, and held by it is kept accurate and up-to-date. This includes, but is not limited to, the rectification of personal data at the request of a data subject, as set out in Part 14, below.
7.2. The accuracy of personal data shall be checked when it is collected and at annual intervals thereafter. If any personal data is found to be inaccurate or out-of-date, all reasonable steps will be taken without delay to amend or erase that data, as appropriate.
8.1. The Company shall not keep personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purpose or purposes for which that personal data was originally collected, held, and processed.
8.2. When personal data is no longer required, all reasonable steps will be taken to erase or otherwise dispose of it without delay.
8.3. For full details of the Company’s approach to data retention, including retention periods for specific personal data types held by the Company, please refer to our Data Retention Policy.
9.1 The Company shall ensure that all personal data collected, held, and processed is kept secure and protected against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, or damage. Further details of the technical and organisational measures which shall be taken are provided in Parts 22 to 27 of this Policy.
10.1. The Company shall keep written internal records of all personal data collection, holding, and processing, which shall incorporate the following information:
11.1. The Company shall carry out Data Protection Impact Assessments for any and all new projects and/or new uses of personal data which involve the use of new technologies and the processing involved is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects under the GDPR.
11.2. Data Protection Impact Assessments shall be overseen by the Company and shall address the following:
12.1. The Company shall provide the information set out in Part 12.2 to every data subject:
12.2. The following information shall be provided:
13.1. Data subjects may make subject access requests (“SARs”) at any time to find out more about the personal data which the Company holds about them, what it is doing with that personal data, and why.
13.2. Data subjects wishing to make a SAR may do so in writing, using the Company’s Subject Access Request Form, or other written communication. SARs should be addressed to the Company at the registered address.
13.3. Responses to SARs shall normally be made within one month of receipt, however this may be extended by up to two months if the SAR is complex and/or numerous requests are made. If such additional time is required, the data subject shall be informed.
13.4. The Company does not charge a fee for the handling of normal SARs. The Company reserves the right to charge reasonable fees for additional copies of information that has already been supplied to a data subject, and for requests that are manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly where such requests are repetitive.
14.1. Data subjects have the right to require the Company to rectify any of their personal data that is inaccurate or incomplete.
14.2. The Company shall rectify the personal data in question, and inform the data subject of that rectification, within one month of the data subject informing the Company of the issue. The period can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests. If such additional time is required, the data subject shall be informed.
14.3. In the event that any affected personal data has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of any rectification that must be made to that personal data.
15.1. Data subjects have the right to request that the Company erases the personal data it holds about them in the following circumstances:
15.2. Unless the Company has reasonable grounds to refuse to erase personal data, all requests for erasure shall be complied with, and the data subject informed of the erasure, within one month of receipt of the data subject’s request. The period can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests. If such additional time is required, the data subject shall be informed.
15.3. In the event that any personal data that is to be erased in response to a data subject’s request has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of the erasure (unless it is impossible or would require disproportionate effort to do so).
16.1. Data subjects may request that the Company ceases processing the personal data it holds about them. If a data subject makes such a request, the Company shall retain only the amount of personal data concerning that data subject (if any) that is necessary to ensure that the personal data in question is not processed further.
16.2. In the event that any affected personal data has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of the applicable restrictions on processing it (unless it is impossible or would require disproportionate effort to do so).
17.1. The Company processes personal data using automated means.
17.2. Where data subjects have given their consent to the Company to process their personal data in such a manner, or the processing is otherwise required for the performance of a contract between the Company and the data subject, data subjects have the right, under the GDPR, to receive a copy of their personal data and to use it for other purposes (namely transmitting it to other data controllers).
17.3. To facilitate the right of data portability, the Company shall make available all applicable personal data to data subjects in Portable Document Format (PDF).
17.4. Where technically feasible, if requested by a data subject, personal data shall be sent directly to the required data controller.
17.5. All requests for copies of personal data shall be complied with within one month of the data subject’s request. The period can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex or numerous requests. If such additional time is required, the data subject shall be informed.
18.1. Data subjects have the right to object to the Company processing their personal data based on legitimate interests, direct marketing (including profiling).
18.2. Where a data subject objects to the Company processing their personal data based on its legitimate interests, the Company shall cease such processing immediately, unless it can be demonstrated that the Company’s legitimate grounds for such processing override the data subject’s interests, rights, and freedoms, or that the processing is necessary for the conduct of legal claims.
18.3. Where a data subject objects to the Company processing their personal data for direct marketing purposes, the Company shall cease such processing immediately.
19.1. The following personal data is collected, held, and processed by the Company (for details of data retention, please refer to the Company’s Data Retention Policy):
20.1. The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to all communications and other transfers involving personal data:
|Data Ref.||Type of Data||Purpose of Data|
|ACC001||Accountancy Data||Day to day running of the company and keeping its statutory accounts as required by law to include PAYE data|
|CAND001||Candidate Data (Flo)||Candidate contact and relationship management activities|
|CAND002||Candidate Data (Flo)||Records of candidate activities – Interviews, bookings etc.|
|CAND003||Candidate Accreditations||DBS Checks, CVS, Visa/Right to Work, References, Waivers etc.|
|CLIE001||Client/Customer Data||CRM activities, records & individual contact details.|
|CLIE002||Client Transactional||Vacancies, Interviews, Candidate Applications, References, Incidents etc.|
|EE001||Employee Records||Personnel Files (other than EE003), correspondence, contracts and applications|
|EE002||Payroll Data||All PAYE and other records as required by HMRC and legal obligations of the company|
|EE003||Employee Personal||Bank records, diversity & equal opportunities, health matters|
|CoGen01||General Data||Any data relating to individuals that does not fall into any of the other categories, including Email.|
20.2. All emails containing personal data must be encrypted by public key cryptography;
20.3. All emails containing personal data must be marked “confidential”;
20.4. Personal data may be transmitted over secure networks only; transmission over unsecured networks is not permitted in any circumstances;
20.5. Personal data may not be transmitted over a wireless network if there is a wired alternative that is reasonably practicable;
20.6. Personal data contained in the body of an email, whether sent or received, should be copied from the body of that email and stored securely. The email itself should be deleted. All temporary files associated therewith should also be deleted;
20.7. Where personal data is to be sent by facsimile transmission the recipient should be informed in advance of the transmission and should be waiting by the fax machine to receive the data;
20.8. Where personal data is to be transferred in hardcopy form it should be passed directly to the recipient or sent using a signed for and recorded delivery service; and
20.9. All personal data to be transferred physically, whether in hardcopy form or on removable electronic media shall be transferred in a suitable container marked “confidential”.
21.1. The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to the storage of personal data:
21.2. All electronic copies of personal data should be stored securely using passwords and data encryption;
21.3. All hard copies of personal data, along with any electronic copies stored on physical, removable media should be stored securely in a locked box, drawer, cabinet, or similar;
21.4. All personal data stored electronically should be backed up weekly with backups stored offsite. All backups should be encrypted;
21.5. No personal data should be stored on any mobile device (including, but not limited to, laptops, tablets, and smartphones), whether such device belongs to the Company or otherwise without the formal written approval of the Company and, in the event of such approval, strictly in accordance with all instructions and limitations described at the time the approval is given, and for no longer than is absolutely necessary; and
21.6. No personal data should be transferred to any device personally belonging to an employee and personal data may only be transferred to devices belonging to agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company where the party in question has agreed to comply fully with the letter and spirit of this Policy and of the GDPR (which may include demonstrating to the Company that all suitable technical and organisational measures have been taken).
22.1 When any personal data is to be erased or otherwise disposed of for any reason (including where copies have been made and are no longer needed), it should be securely deleted and disposed of. For further information on the deletion and disposal of personal data, please refer to the Company’s Data Retention Policy.
23.1. The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to the use of personal data:
24.1. The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to IT and information security:
25.1. The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to the collection, holding, and processing of personal data:
26.1. The Company may from time to time transfer (‘transfer’ includes making available remotely) personal data to countries outside of the EEA.
26.2. The transfer of personal data to a country outside of the EEA shall take place only if one or more of the following applies:
27.1. All personal data breaches must be reported immediately to the Company.
27.2. If a personal data breach occurs and that breach is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects (e.g. financial loss, breach of confidentiality, discrimination, reputational damage, or other significant social or economic damage), the Company must ensure that the Information Commissioner’s Office is informed of the breach without delay, and in any event, within 72 hours after having become aware of it.
27.3. In the event that a personal data breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects, the Company must ensure that all affected data subjects are informed of the breach directly and without undue delay.
27.4. Data breach notifications shall include the following information:
28.1. This Policy shall be deemed effective as of 1 February 2018. No part of this Policy shall have retroactive effect and shall thus apply only to matters occurring on or after this date.
Fantastic agency. Brilliant consultants who make regular contact. Highly recommend the service.
Brilliant service, great consultants who are always happy to help. Best agency I have come across.
Can’t say enough positive things about Portman Recruitment! Well looked after, listened to and supported. Go above and beyond to find the right role for you.
I honestly can’t fault Portman. Adam replies pretty much instantly and I think if Adam wasn’t there, I could call the Portman office and anyone would speak to me. It’s good to know that he’s there if I need anything. He’s been a fantastic support.
The staff at Portman do their best for their workers. Reliable and trustworthy - excellent compliance - they don’t rush you into jobs that aren’t suitable just to make a buck like some other recruitment companies, but really take their time to get to know you and your skills and match you with good employers. Highly recommend.
Very promising start with Portman, they got me a job to suit my very specific needs pretty much instantly and have been great to work with so far as they take care of everything for you. Would definitely recommend them.
Brilliant agency to work for. Really work hard to get the best for you, really personable approach. Highly recommend.