Wernink Ltd is a recruitment business which provides work-finding services to its clients and work-seekers. Wernink must process personal data (including sensitive personal data) so that it can provide these services – in doing so, Wernink acts as a data controller. 

You may give your personal details to Wernink directly, such as on an application or registration form or via our website, or we may collect them from another source such as a jobs board. Wernink must have a legal basis for processing your personal data. For the purposes of providing you with work-finding services and/or information relating to roles relevant to you we will only use your personal data in accordance with this privacy statement. At all times we will comply with current data protection laws.   

1. Collection and use of personal data 

    a. Purpose of processing and legal basis

Wernink will collect your personal data (which may include sensitive personal data) and will process your personal data for the purposes of providing you with work-finding services. This includes for example, contacting you about job opportunities, assessing your suitability for those opportunities, updating our databases, putting you forward for job opportunities, arranging payments to you and developing and managing our services and relationship with you and our clients.

 If you have opted-in we may also send you marketing information and news via email/ text.  You can opt-out from receiving these at any time by clicking “unsubscribe” when you receive these communications from us.

 In some cases we may be required to use your data for the purpose of investigating, reporting and detecting crime and also to comply with laws that apply to us. We may also use your information during the course of internal audits to demonstrate our compliance with certain industry standards.

 We must have a legal basis to process your personal data. The legal bases we rely upon to offer our work-finding services to you are: 

  • Your consent
  • Where we have a legitimate interest
  • To comply with a legal obligation that we have
  • To fulfil a contractual obligation that we have with you 

     b. Legitimate interest 

This is where Wernink has a legitimate reason to process your data provided it is reasonable and does not go against what you would reasonably expect from us.  Where Wernink has relied on a legitimate interest to process your personal data our legitimate interests is/are as follows: 

  • Managing our database and keeping work-seeker records up to date;
  • Providing work-finding services to you and our clients;
  • Contacting you to seek your consent where we need it;
  • Giving you information about similar products or services that you have used from us recently; 

     c. Statutory/contractual requirement 

Wernink has certain legal and contractual requirements to collect personal data (e.g. to comply with the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, immigration and tax legislation, and in some circumstances safeguarding requirements.)  Our clients may also require this personal data, and/or we may need your data to enter into a contract with you. If you do not give us personal data we need to collect we may not be able to continue to provide work-finding services to you.  

    d. Recipient/s of data

Wernink will process your personal data and/or sensitive personal data with the following recipients: 

  • Clients (whom we may introduce or supply you to)
  • Former employers whom we may seek references from
  • Payroll service providers who manage payroll on our behalf or other payment intermediaries whom we may introduce you to
  • Other recruitment agencies in the supply chain  

2. Information to be provided when data collected not from the data subject 

Categories of data: Wernink has collected the following personal data on you: 

Personal data:

  • Name, address, mobile no., email
  • National insurance no.
  • Nationality (through right to work check) 

Sensitive personal data:

  • Health information including whether you have a disability
  • Criminal conviction 

Source of the personal data: Wernink sourced your personal data/sensitive personal data:

  • From jobs boards, LinkedIn, Indeed etc.
  • A former employer
  • A referee whose details you previously provided to us  
  • Software provides who we use to support our services including
  • Cookies 

This information came from a publicly accessible source. 

3. Overseas Transfers

Wernink may transfer the information you provide to us to countries outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) for the purposes of providing you with work-finding services. We will take steps to ensure adequate protections are in place to ensure the security of your information. The EEA comprises the EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. 

 4. Data retention 

Wernink will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary for the purpose we collect it. Different laws may also require us to keep different data for different periods of time. 

We must also keep your payroll records, holiday pay, sick pay and pensions auto-enrolment records for as long as is legally required by HMRC and associated national minimum wage, social security and tax legislation. 

Wernink has obtained your consent to process your personal data, we will do so until such time you advise us to remove the data. 

5. Your rights

Please be aware that you have the following data protection rights: 

  • The right to be informed about the personal data Wernink processes on you;
  • The right of access to the personal data Wernink processes on you;
  • The right to rectification of your personal data;
  • The right to erasure of your personal data in certain circumstances;
  • The right to restrict processing of your personal data;
  • The right to data portability in certain circumstances;
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data that was based on a public or legitimate interest;
  • The right not to be subjected to automated decision making and profiling; and
  • The right to withdraw consent at any time. 

Where you have consented to Wernink processing your personal data you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time by contacting Saskia Blackburn, on saskia.blackburn@wernink.co.uk  Please note that if you withdraw your consent to further processing that does not affect any processing done prior to the withdrawal of that consent, or which is done according to another legal basis. 

There may be circumstances where Wernink will still need to process your data for legal or official reasons. Where this is the case, we will tell you and we will restrict the data to only what is necessary for those specific reasons.

 If you believe that any of your data that Wernink processes is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us using the details above and we will take reasonable steps to check its accuracy and correct it where necessary.

 You can also contact us using the above details if you want us to restrict the type or amount of data we process for you, access your personal data or exercise any of the other rights listed above. 

6. Automated decision-making

Wernink does not use automated decision making or profiling. 

7. Cookies 

We may obtain data about you from cookies.  These are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies also enable us to deliver more personalised content.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site.  

 8. Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track users’ movements, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.  IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. 

 9. Links to external websites

Wernink’s website may contains links to other external websites. Please be aware that Wernink is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  When you leave our site we encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.  This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Wernink’s website. 

 10. Sale of business 

If Wernink’s business is sold or integrated with another business your details may be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers and will be passed on to the new owners of the business 

11. Data Security

Wernink takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. Wernink operates using encrypted backups, the latest firewall technology, antivirus software and complex passwords which periodically expire. 

Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (consultants, our accounts clerk or an admin assistant) are granted access to your information. 

Wernink uses all reasonable efforts to safeguard your personal information. However, you should be aware that the use of email/ the Internet is not entirely secure and for this reason Wernink cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal information which is transferred from you or to you via email/ the Internet.

If you share a device with others we recommend that you do not select the “remember my details” function when that option is offered.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can email Saskia Blackburn on saskia.blackburn.co.uk 

12.Changes to this privacy statement 

We will update this privacy statement from time to time.  We will post any changes on the statement with revision dates.  If we make any material changes, we will notify you.  

13.Complaints or queries 

If you wish to complain about this privacy notice or any of the procedures set out in it please contact Saskia Blackburn, saskia.blackburn@wernink.co.uk

You also have the right to raise concerns with Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/, or any other relevant supervisory authority should your personal data be processed outside of the UK, if you believe that your data protection rights have not been adhered to.

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