Privacy Notice for Applicants

This notice explains what personal data (information) we will hold about you, how we collect it, and how we will use and may share information about you during the application process.

What information do we hold about you and why?

We are required to notify you of this information, under data protection legislation.  

Please ensure that you read this notice and any other similar notice we may provide to you from time to time when we collect or process personal information about you. 

Who collects the information? 

The National Trust for Scotland is a ‘data controller’ and gathers and uses certain information about you.

Data protection principles 

We will comply with the data protection principles when gathering and using personal information, as set out in our GDPR Data Protection Policy. 

About the information we collect and hold  

The table set out in Part A of the Schedule below summarises the information we collect and hold up to and including the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process, how and why we do so, how we use it and with whom it may be shared. 

The table in Part B of the Schedule below summarises the additional information we collect before making a final decision to recruit, i.e. before making an offer of employment unconditional or confirm that your volunteer application has been successful, how and why we do so, how we use it and with whom it may be shared.

We seek to ensure that our information collection and processing is always proportionate. We will notify you of any changes to information we collect or to the purposes for which we collect and process it.

Where information may be held 

Information may be held at our offices and those of our group companies, and third party agencies, service providers, representatives and agents as described above. 

How long will we keep your information? 

We keep the personal information that we obtain about you during the recruitment process for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed. How long we keep your information will depend on whether your application is successful and you become employed by us, or start volunteering for us, the nature of the information concerned and the purposes for which it is processed. 

We will keep recruitment information (including interview notes) for no longer than is reasonable, taking into account the time limits for potential claims such as race or sex discrimination (as extended to take account of early conciliation), after which they will be destroyed. If there is a clear business reason for keeping recruitment records for longer than the recruitment period, we may do so but will first consider whether the records can be pseudonymised, and the longer period for which they will be kept. 

If your application is successful, we will keep only the recruitment information that is necessary in relation to your employment. For further information, see our Privacy Notice for Employees, Volunteers & Workers. Further details on our approach to information retention and destruction are available in our Records Retention schedule. 

Your rights to correct and access your information and to ask for it to be erased 

Please contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO), who can be contacted by email on dataprotection@nts.org.uk if (in accordance with applicable law) you would like to correct or request access to information that we hold relating to you or if you have any questions about this notice. You also have the right to ask our Data Protection Officer for some but not all of the information we hold and process to be erased (the ‘right to be forgotten’) in certain circumstances. Our Data Protection Officer will provide you with further information about the right to be forgotten, if you ask for it. 

Keeping your personal information secure 

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality. 

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so. 

How to complain 

If you have any queries or concerns about this notice or about our use of your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Officer.

If our Data Protection Officer is not able to address your query or concern, you can contact the Information Commissioner at ico.org.uk/concerns or telephone 0303 123 1113 for further information about your rights and how to make a formal complaint. 

The Schedule 

About the information we collect and hold 

Part A: Up to and including the shortlisting stage

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The information we collectHow we collect the informationWhy we collect the informationHow we use and may share the information
Your name and contact details (ie address, home and mobile phone numbers, email address) From youTo take steps at your request prior to an employment contract or volunteer registration  

Legitimate interest: to carry out a fair recruitment process 

Legitimate interest: to progress your application, arrange interviews and inform you of the outcome at all stages
To enable our People Department and/or the manager of the relevant department to contact you to progress your application, arrange interviews and inform you of the outcome 

To inform the relevant manager or department of your application 
Details of your qualifications, experience, employment history (including job titles, [salary] and working hours) and interests From you, in the completed application form and interview notes (if relevant) To take steps at your request prior to an employment contract or volunteer registration  

Legitimate interest:  to carry out a fair recruitment process 

Legitimate interest:  to make an informed decision to shortlist for interview and (if relevant) to recruit 
To make an informed recruitment decision 

The person making the shortlisting decision will receive pseudonymised or anonymised details only; if you are invited for interview, the interviewer will receive non-anonymised details.
Your racial or ethnic origin, sex and sexual orientation, religious or similar beliefs – although you do not have to give this information if you do not wish to do so From you, in a completed equal opportunities monitoring form For reasons of substantial public interest (equality of opportunity or treatment)To comply with our equal opportunities monitoring obligations and to follow our equality and other policies 
For further information, see * below 
Details of your refereesFrom your completed application form To take steps at your request prior to an employment contract

Legitimate interest:  to carry out a fair recruitment process 
To carry out a fair recruitment process 

Information shared with relevant managers, People Department personnel and the referee 

Part B: Before making a final decision to recruit (potential employees only) 

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The information we collect How we collect the information Why we collect the information How we use and may share the information 
Information about your previous academic and/or employment history, including details of any conduct, grievance or performance issues, appraisals, time and attendance, from references obtained about you from previous employers and/or education providers ☐  From your referees (details of whom you will have provided) Pre-contractual checks necessary to enter into/perform the employment contract  
 
Legitimate interest: to make an informed decision to recruit 
 
Legitimate interests: to maintain employment records and to comply with any legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations and good employment practice 
To obtain the relevant reference about you 
 
To comply with any legal/regulatory obligations 
 
Information shared with relevant managers and HR personnel 
Information regarding your academic and professional qualifications and memberships ☐ From you, from your education provider, from the relevant professional body/bodies Pre-contractual checks necessary to enter into/perform the employment contract 
 
Legitimate interest:  to verify the qualifications and memberships information provided by you 
To make an informed recruitment decision 
Information regarding your criminal record where this is relevant to the role for which you have applied ☐ From you and from Disclosure Scotland or the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Pre-contractual checks necessary to enter into/perform the employment contract 
 
To comply with our legal obligations 
 
Legitimate interest: to verify the criminal records information provided by you 
To make an informed recruitment decision 

To carry out statutory checks 
 
Information shared with Disclosure Scotland, the DBS and other regulatory authorities as required 
 
[For further information, see * below] 
Your nationality and immigration status and information from related documents, such as your passport or other identification and immigration information ☐ From you and, where necessary, the Home Office Pre-contractual checks necessary to enter into/perform the employment contract    

To comply with our legal obligations   

Legitimate interest: to maintain employment records 
To carry out right to work checks 
 
Information may be shared with the Home Office
A copy of your driving licence
☐ where driving is a requirement of the role for which you have applied 
From you

As verified through the DVLA digital license checking system. 
Pre-contractual checks necessary to enter into/perform the employment contract 

To comply with the terms of our insurance 
To make an informed recruitment decision 
 
To ensure that you have a clean driving licence 
 
Information may be shared with our insurer 

You are required (by law or in order to enter into your contract of employment) to provide the categories of information marked ☐ above to us to enable us to verify your right to work and suitability for the position. 

* Further details on how we handle sensitive personal information and information relating to criminal convictions and offences are set out in our GDPR Data Protection Policy and Criminal Records Checks Policy.