Privacy Policy

Why do we have a privacy policy?

Under the Data Protection Acts of 1984 and 1998 , we are bound to comply with the current regulations relating to any data you provide to us. This is to ensure that your data is processed with due care and attention.

What data is covered?

In order to help applicants to find a selection of potential jobs we will ask them to provide information such as your name, address, e-mail address, work and education history, plus your nationality which we are required to collect by law. What is the purpose of collecting this data? The data we collect is primarily aimed at helping you to make a good match with a potential employer/applicant. From time to time we may use this data in aggregate to help us to develop the service we offer to meet your needs more closely.

Your sensitive data is only required to meet the legal requirements with which we must comply, for example under the equality of opportunity laws. When you register your details with us, you consent to us collecting and processing the sensitive personal data supplied by you and disclosing this information to prospective employers/applicants in order to assist the recruitment process.

Who else will see my data?

Where necessary we may pass data to third parties that help us to process data and to prospective or intended employers/applicants in order to facilitate the recruitment process. We may also share aggregate information with selected third parties, but no individual names or means of identification will be included in this.

How is this data safeguarded?

Access to your personal data is only available to our staff and third parties who help us to process data and to prospective employers/applicants as stated above.

Where will policy changes appear?

If there are changes relating to changes in legislation, or due to changes in the business itself these will appear here.

Major revisions or additions may be highlighted on the website or through e-mail notification.

What are 'cookies' for?

'Cookies' are a means of saving your user name and details about what type of job/candidate you are looking for. This allows easy access to our site, with recommendations that are relevant to you. If your computer is shared with others or is a public computer, we advise that you do NOT select the ‘remember me’ option when you sign into your account.

How do you remove your name from the database?

Under the Employment Agencies Act, we are obliged to hold your data for 12 months after the last usage. At this point you will be contacted and asked you if you want to keep your details on our database. If you do not sign into at that time you will be deemed to have agreed that your details will then be archived.


Aggregate - this applies to data that is collected and processed as a total to examine demographic and geographic trends, in order to improve the service offered to you.

Archiving – if you do not wish to remain on the database after 12 months of your last usage your information will be deleted from the database. This means that you will not be able to log in to www.Skillsdirect without setting up a new account. Please note this process is carried out in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act and the Data Protection Act.

Data - information processed automatically in relation to the stated purpose (i.e. recruitment). This information is provided with the intention that it will form part of a relevant filing system or comprises part of an accessible record.

Data Protection Acts 1984 and 1998 - the Acts of Parliament which set out principles relating to the use of data to ensure that the rights of the person who is the subject of the data are protected under the law.

Personal data - data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from those data, or from those data and other information which is in the possession of Skillsdirect.

Privacy policy - this statement outlines the ways in which we try to protect our users' privacy.

Recruitment process - the process of gaining employment and recruiting new staff and the ongoing administrative process involved once a user has gained employment or recruited new staff.

Sensitive personal data - personal data relating to racial or ethnic origin of the data subject, also including political opinions, religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature, membership of a trade union, physical or mental health or condition, sexual life, the commission or alleged commission of any offence or any proceedings related to any offence.

Third Parties - these are companies and people other than Skillsdirect contracted to fulfil specific roles in relation to the services provided.

Users – any individual or individual representing an organisation registered with Skillsdirect for the purposes of recruitment, either to gain employment or for the purposes of recruiting new staff.