Option A Privacy Policy

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


You may give your personal details to the Company 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. The Company 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 the terms of the following statement.

1. Collection and use of personal data


a. Purpose of processing and legal basis

The Company 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. The legal bases we rely upon to offer these services to you are:

• Legitimate interest
• Legal obligation
• Contractual obligation

b. Legitimate interest

Where the Company has relied on a legitimate interest to process your personal data our legitimate interests is/are as follows:

• For the Company to provide me with work-finding services

c. Recipients of data

The Company will process your personal data with the following recipients:

• Information shared with client organisations In order for our client’s to consider workers for opportunities within their businesses, we need to share worker information with them. We have contracts in place with these organisations that require them to treat worker information as confidential before we share worker information with them.
• Information shared with workers In order to perform our recruitment services (such as arranging interviews, for example) we often need to share client contact information (such as name, job title and contact details) with workers.
• 3rd party Auditors & Inspectors From time to time we may be audited by third parties to ensure that we are operating a legally compliant and ethical business. These third parties may include:

• Government regulatory and enforcement audits
• Independent social compliance audits
• Client audits

Statutory/contractual requirement
Your personal data is required by law and/or a contractual requirement (e.g. our client may require this personal data), and/or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. You are obliged to provide the personal data and if you do not the consequences of failure to provide the data are:

• For the Company to provide me with work-finding services

2. Data retention

The Company will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary. Different laws require us to keep different data for different periods of time. The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, require us to keep work-seeker records for at least one year from (a) the date of their creation or (b) after the date on which we last provide you with work-finding services. 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. Where the Company has obtained your consent to process your sensitive or personal data we will do so in line with our retention policy, copy available from our Data Controller (Monique@optiona.co.uk). Upon expiry of that period the Company will seek further consent from you. Where consent is not granted the Company will cease to process your sensitive data.

3. Your rights

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

• The right to be informed about the personal data the Company processes on you;
• The right of access to the personal data the Company 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 the Company processing your sensitive or personal data you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time by contacting Monique Sjoberg (Monique@optiona.co.uk).

4. Complaints or queries

If you wish to complain about this privacy notice or any of the procedures set out in it please contact: Monique Sjoberg (Monique@optiona.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.