Ramsey Portia Ltd is registered as a data controller in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our website and online services are designed to protect the privacy of all users. We ensure that the data you supply to us is processed fairly and lawfully, and with skill and care. This Data Protection Policy governs our processing of all personal data provided to us, in all forms. By registering your details with us and using our website, you consent to us collecting and processing personal data supplied by you and disclosing this information to prospective employers and clients in connection with the recruitment process.
This Privacy Notice provides you with clear information as to how we process your personal data. We are obliged to use your information in line with all applicable laws. We do so in a manner that is fair by using your information in a way that you would reasonably expect when providing our work-finding services or recruiting personnel for you, and being transparent so that you know how it will be used. This Privacy Notice sets out the types of personal data that we collect about you, how and why we use it, how long we will keep it for, when why and who we will share it will, the legal basis for us using your personal data and your rights in relation to us storing and processing your personal data. It also explains how we may contact you and how you can contact us. Part of the recruitment process will involve sharing your personal data with our clients (independent data controllers) who have potential work opportunities that may be suitable for you. These third parties will have their own privacy policies and will also need to comply with all applicable laws – we encourage you to contact them directly if you have any concerns or questions about your data.
Who we are
Ramsey Portia Ltd (Registered in England Company No. 8468470) is an employment business and agency. We provide both temporary and permanent recruitment services to clients looking to recruit personnel for their business and provide work-finding services to candidates looking for job opportunities. We are registered as a data controller with the ICO in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Data Protection legislation and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our registered office address is 98 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1JS and you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries relating to data protection.
What does this Policy cover?
We at Ramsey Portia take your personal data seriously. This Policy:
sets out the types of personal data that we collect about you;
explains how and why we collect and use your personal data;
explains how long we keep your personal data for;
explains when, why and with who we will share your personal data;
sets out the legal basis we have for using your personal data;
explains the effect of refusing to provide the personal data requested;
explains the different rights and choices you have when it comes to your personal data; and
explains how we may contact you and how you can contact us.
What personal data do we collect about you?
We collect the information necessary to be able to find available opportunities and further information needed so our recruiters can assess your eligibility through the different stages of recruitment. This relates to our business which is recruitment but also applications to work for Ramsey Portia. This information includes: your name private and corporate email address, postal address and telephone number; financial information; curriculum vitae; work history; your educational records and training, work performance and right to work; compliance and identity documentation; references and links to your professional profiles available in the public domain e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, business Facebook or corporate website.
Depending on the nature of a role considered for, and also depending upon the applicable jurisdiction, we may need to collect and process sensitive personal data about you which may include information about your health (including details of any sick leave taken during your previous roles), details of any disability, details of any offences you have committed or are alleged to have committed and whether you are a member of any professional or trade associations. Please see below for the legal basis for such processing.
In addition, as part of our commitment to equality of opportunity and to monitor compliance with our equal opportunity policy, we may ask you to complete an equality monitoring form. Where you are asked to complete an equality monitoring form, information is provided voluntarily and on an anonymous basis for statistical analysis. It is not stored with your other personal records.
Where do we collect personal data about you from?
The following are the different sources we may collect personal data about you from:
Directly from you. This is information you provide while searching for a new opportunity and/or during the different recruitment stages. For example, by filling in candidate registration forms in person or on our websites or by corresponding with us in person, by phone, e-mail or otherwise. It includes information you provide when you attend our events, participate in discussion boards or other social media functions on our site, enter a competition, promotion or survey, contribute to a market or insights report, or interact with us at a conference, and when you report a problem with our site.
From an agent/third party acting on your behalf. For example, this may be your own limited company or from another recruitment business or agency where you are applying to work for Ramsey Portia.
Through publicly available sources with professional relevance. We use the following public sources:
Professional social media and networking sites (including LinkedIn)
Job Boards that you have registered your details on
Online curriculum vitae libraries
By Reference or word of mouth. For example, you may be recommended by a friend, a former employer, a former colleague or even a present employer or we may get a reference from your previous employer or a named referee included on your application form or curriculum vitae.
Where we collect your information through publicly available sources as set out above, we may do this with the aid of software programmes. These programmes are given parameters on the requirements of a role and search through publicly available sources, where there is a reasonable expectation that such information may be collected and processed by recruiters, to find candidates for particular job roles.
How and why do we use your personal data?
We use your personal data so that we can provide our services to you, including to:
carry out our obligations arising from any contracts we intend to enter into or have entered into between you and us;
provide you with information about job vacancies and to assist you in finding a suitable position (either temporary or permanent) by matching your skills, experience and education with a potential employer. We will initially collect basic information on you such as contact details, job role and experience and then pass this on to the client in search of talent. If you are chosen by the client and go through to the next stage we will then be collecting more information from you at the interview (or equivalent) stage and onwards in that manner;
if you work for a client or a potential client looking to fill roles, to contact you about candidates and to share your contact details with a candidate, at interview stage and beyond;
maintain our business relationship, where you are a user of our website, a client or candidate;
provide you with recruitment services - which may include career guidance and management and to supporting businesses’ resourcing needs and strategies;
manage a temporary or contract assignment - if you are engaged by Ramsey Portia as a temporary worker;
assist in managing our relationship with you and our clients and perform administration or operational functions;
to third parties;
analyse visitor trends and traffic on our websites – this information does not identify you individually – and ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure;
carry out market research, marketing analysis and satisfaction surveys;
where you have provided your contact information with the possible use of our services, advise you of news and industry updates, events, services, promotions and competitions reports and other information that we feel may be of interest to you because it is relevant to your career or to your organisation. Where we do this you will be able to unsubscribe from such communications using the unsubscribe link or by contacting us at email@example.com; and
to comply with our legal obligations and rights, under contracts and at law, and to cooperate with authorities and investigations.
How long do we keep your personal data for?
We only retain your information for as long as is necessary for us to use your information as described above or to comply with our legal obligations. However, please be advised that we may retain some of your information after you cease to use our services, for instance if this is necessary to meet our legal obligations, such as retaining the information for tax and accounting purposes.
When determining the relevant retention periods, we will take into account factors including:
a. our contractual obligations and rights in relation to the information involved;
b. legal obligation(s) under applicable law to retain data for a certain period of time;
c. our legitimate interest where we have carried out a balancing test;
d. statute of limitations under applicable law(s);
e. (potential) disputes;
f. if you have made a request to have your information deleted; and
g. guidelines issued by relevant data protection authorities.
Otherwise, we securely erase your information once this is no longer needed.
Who do we share your personal data with?
Your personal data may be shared with certain third parties who will be subject to contractual obligations of confidentiality and compliance with relevant laws, including:
our clients who have a position to fill, in order to determine with the client whether you are a good fit for the available position. Our clients are global and cover various sectors including Legal, Compliance, HR, Tax, Treasury, Marketing, Executive Search and other markets.
the end client who you may be placed with through an intermediary such as an RPO.
our employees or other parts of our group globally (including our subsidiaries and our ultimate holding company);
suppliers, contractors and agents who may perform services for us, such as: professional advisors (for example, accountants or lawyers); IT software and service companies; research and mailing houses; event organisers and function co-ordinators; payroll and other financial service providers; analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site; credit reference agencies; insurance brokers; compliance partners and other sub-contractors for the purpose of assessing your suitability for a role (such as psychometric testing and reference/qualification checking);
third parties relating to any business sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of assets provided that they agree only to use your personal data for the purposes that you have provided it to us;
prospective partners, clients and other reputable third parties to disclose aggregate statistics about our site visitors and candidates in order to describe our services and for other lawful purposes – in such cases these statistics will include no personal identifying information; and
if required to do so by law, a court order or by a regulatory authority of competent jurisdiction or if we believe that such action is necessary to protect, defend or enforce the rights of Ramsey Portia.
What legal basis do we have for using your information?
For candidates, contractors, referees and clients as well as applicants to work for Ramsey Portia, our processing is necessary for our legitimate interests. As a recruitment business and recruitment agency we introduce candidates to clients for permanent employment, temporary worker placements or independent professional contracts. The exchange of personal data of our candidates and our client contacts is a fundamental, essential part of this process in that we need the information in order to be able to assess suitability for potential roles, to find potential candidates and to contact clients and referees. In order to support our candidates’ career aspirations and our clients’ resourcing needs we require a database of candidate and client personal data containing historical information as well as current resourcing requirements. To maintain, expand and develop our business we need to record the personal data of prospective candidates and client contacts.
We carry out a ‘balancing test’ to ensure that our processing is necessary and that your fundamental rights of privacy are not outweighed by our legitimate interests, before we go ahead with such processing. We keep a record of these balancing tests. You have a right to and can find out more about the information in these balancing tests by contacting us using the details below.
We will rely on contract if we are negotiating or have entered into a placement agreement with you or your organisation or any other contract to provide services to you or receive services from you or your organisation.
We will rely on legal obligation if we are legally required to hold information on you to fulfil our legal and regulatory obligations, such as disclosure to public authorities, regulators and investigations.
If you are interviewed and submitted as a candidate, then this may involve the processing of more detailed personal data including sensitive data such as health information that you or others provide about you. Such information may be required to perform/qualify for a certain function for which you want to apply based on national laws, which may provide the legal basis to process these data. In cases where there is no legal basis, we will ask for your express consent orally, by email or by an online process for the specific activity we require consent for and record your response. Where consent is the lawful basis for our processing you have the right to withdraw your consent to this particular processing at any time.
What happens if you do not provide us with the information we request or ask that we stop processing your information?
If you do not provide the personal data necessary, object to or withdraw your consent (where applicable) for the processing of your personal data, we may in individual cases not be able to match you with available job opportunities.
Do we make automated decisions concerning you?
No, we do not carry out automated profiling as there is human intervention in all our processing of personal data.
Will we transfer your data outside the EEA?
Ramsey Portia Ltd. is based in the UK and our back-up systems are stored in the EEA. We do not generally transfer your data out of the EEA. In the event that we do need to make transfers to countries outside the EEA, we will ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place.
Security and storage of your data
Safeguarding personal data and respecting confidentiality of your information is important to Ramsey Portia.
All information you provide to us is stored securely and we take necessary steps, including putting in place appropriate technical and organisational measures, to protect your personal data. While we have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal data under our control we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of personal data will not occur.
Using our websites – internet-based transfers
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Our websites may include links to external websites operated by other organisations which may collect personal data about you when you visit them. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of any third-party websites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
We may collect information about your computer including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type for system administration and to analyse visitor trends and traffic on our website. This information is collected in aggregate form and does not identify individuals. It is not passed on to third parties.
What rights do you have in relation to the data we hold on you?
By law, you have a number of rights when it comes to your personal data. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from us using the contact details at the end of this Policy or the data protection regulator in your country.
What does this mean?
1. The right to be informed
You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we’re providing you with the information in this Policy.
2. The right of access
3. The right to rectification
You are entitled to have your information corrected if it’s inaccurate or incomplete.
4. The right to erasure
This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.
5. The right to restrict processing
You have rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your information. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but may not use it further. We keep lists of people who have asked for further use of their information to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future.
6. The right to data portability
You have rights to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT systems and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.
7. The right to object to processing
You have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing or if you no longer want to be contacted with potential opportunities.
8. The right to lodge a complaint
You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with your national data protection regulator.
9. The right to withdraw consent
If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw any consent to us using your personal data for marketing purposes.
We usually act on requests and provide information free of charge, but may charge a reasonable fee to cover our administrative costs of providing the information for:
baseless or excessive/repeated requests, or
further copies of the same information.
Alternatively, we may be entitled to refuse to act on the request.
Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We’ll respond as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we’ll come back to you and let you know.
Keeping our records accurate and up to date
Ramsey Portia will review the personal data it processes to ensure that it is up to date and accurate. Your co-operation in helping us to keep your personal data accurate by informing us of any change of name or change of address is an important part of this. If you would like to review or change the details you have supplied us with, you may do so at any time by notifying us in writing.
How will we contact you?
We may contact you by phone, email or social media. If you prefer a particular contact means over another, please just let us know.
How can you contact us?
If you are unhappy with how we’ve handled your information, or have further questions on the processing of your personal data, contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 203 744 3280 or address your query to Ramsey Portia, 150 Minories, London, EC3N 1LS