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GDPR and What It Means for Compass Point Clients

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It feels like it has been a very long run up to GDPR, but it is now nearly upon us – coming into effect in May 2018. Much has been written about GDPR, with warnings of fines for businesses that are found to be non-compliant, and advice on impact and how to prepare your business. We thought it would be a good opportunity to reassure our clients about additional measures we have taken to ensure we are GDPR compliant, and more importantly give you a little more detail about how we have always conducted our business in a compliant way.

Compass Point Recruitment has always worked within original Data Protection regulations, so GDPR has meant a very limited change for us. We have always been a member of our industry’s professional body – the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and passed their compliance tests with scores in the 90%+ every year it was applicable.

We have long-established processes in working with our candidates and clients based on the gold standard of recruitment practices as laid out by REC. We have always endeavoured to contact candidates prior to submitting them to our clients to ensure they were available and interested in the role, so not to waste our clients time. GDPR looks at ensuring that this ‘transfer of data’ always happens with the candidate’s permission. Our team always take time to understand both client and candidate, so we can make a successful long-term match with a great personality and culture fit, to ensure both sides flourish as a result of the placement. Clients will benefit from this legislation as it will stop the “race” between agencies to be the first to forward on a CV, which invariably leads to clients getting bombarded with unqualified CV’s.

Our consultants were thoroughly trained in data protection and how to maintain this to a high level in their working practices prior to GDPR. They have now undergone additional training to be qualified in assisting clients through this process. We welcome the GDPR regulations as it will highlight the agencies which have great working practices from those who aren’t transparent with their dealings with candidates and clients. For more information on GDPR and recruitment, please contact one of our team on 01284 765700