Workspace Group PLC with ICO registration number Z6141866 and its wholly owned subsidiary companies (together “Workspace”, “we”, “us” or “our”) are registered as data controllers with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

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Your privacy is important to us and we are committed to safeguarding your information and being transparent about how we use your information to improve our services for the benefit of all our customers and website and mobile application users.

Why does Workspace require personal information from its Employees?

Each Workspace employee has an HR file created once that employee accepts a Workspace job offer and signs our employment contract.

We use our HR records, which contain personal data such as all the details obtained during the recruitment process, and additional information collected on appointment and during the period of employment:

  • for HR and other business administration;
  • to fulfil the terms of the employment contract between you and us; and
  • to meet our legal obligations generally.

See “What does Workspace do with my personal information?” for more details.

How does Workspace collect information about its Employees?

Information in HR files are:

  • provided directly by our employee colleagues,
  • provided by agencies associated with them such as HMRC, the Child Support Agency, Courts,
  • provided by previous employers and referees; or
  • created during the period of employment on our behalf by organisations that provide services to us, such as recruitment agencies, pension providers, Independent Financial Advisors, insurance brokers, Occupational Health Advisors.

See “How does Workspace collect my personal information?” for more details.

What type of personal information on Employees does Workspace collect?

We consider that our HR and other business records include information you might reasonably expect a business to hold.  Information in each employee’s HR file includes:

Personal details. Find out more

Such as name, home address and landline or mobile numbers, email address, information to establish identity, such as passport details, date of birth, details of right to work in the UK, National Insurance number, tax reference/code details and current driving licence details and information about traffic offences. We may also hold photographs or images of employees for the purposes of internal contact/email directories, and internal networking.

Bank account and certain financial details. Find out more

These are for payment of salaries, information about deductions from salary such as tax and national insurance due or deductions for student loans repayments or Child maintenance payments.

Employment Benefits. Find out more

Such as pension benefits preferences, car allowance, medical cover, income protection insurance, life insurance, share save and share incentive schemes, child care vouchers as well as a record of annual leave due and taken.

Training and Performance records. Find out more

For CPD and professional development purposes, performance management details, including comments made by your Line Manager and may contain feedback from colleagues or other persons with whom we do business.

Health information. Find out more

During the period of employment, we may require information about our employees’ health such as absence records, sick notes, occupational health reports and medical declaration forms or Doctor’s notes.

Details of persons associated with you. Find out more

Such as members of your household, your GP, your solicitor to keep abreast of facts within your domestic arrangements which may impact your performance, health and well-being at work.

See “What information does Workspace collect about me?” for more details. 

How will Workspace share my information?

  • We share data with organisations associated with Workspace, such as our auditors, our payroll service provider, the financial adviser associated with our pension scheme and the pension provider.  We share data relating to employees with these organisations to administer employment benefits.
  • We are required to disclose information to organisations associated with employees, including the Child Support Agency, HMRC, the Courts, the Home Office regarding residence permits, solicitors and the employee themselves. 
  • At your request, we will also provide references for mortgages and landlords and references to future employers.

See “Will Workspace share my personal information with anyone else?” for more details.

For how long will Workspace hold my personal information?

  • We aim to minimise the information we hold on our employees and strive to ensure that we hold only information that we need to fulfil our obligations to our employees and meet our legitimate business interests.
  • We retain our HR files for the duration of employment and then for six years from termination of employment.  After the expiry of this period, we will keep a summary of dates employed and job title indefinitely.

What happens to my personal information when I am no longer a Workspace Employee?

Once you cease to be employed by Workspace, your contract of employment will terminate on the date that you leave.  However, HR administration and payroll records relating to the period when you were an employee will continue to be held for a period of six years (longer for pension related records) to meet our legal obligations and in our continuing legitimate business interest. 

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Payroll records are held for a period of seven years from the date of termination of the contract of employment to meet HMRC requirements.

Pension records continue to be held pursuant to the contract of employment as the pension survives termination of the contract of employment until the pension is either in payment or is subject to a transfer at your request.

How does Workspace share my personal information after I leave its employment?

  • We are required to continue to disclose some information about Workspace leavers to organisations associated with you or us as disclosed in the Employee Privacy Notice to inform them that you have left our employment and to close any records they may have of you resulting from your prior status as a Workspace employee. 
  • Currently we provide references at the request of your new employer. In future we may only be able to provide references for employers, mortgagees and landlords if requested by you.  We will do this even if they are located outside of the EEA.
  • After the six years post termination period, we will continue to hold a summary report of your name, the dates you were employed and your job title.

Your privacy rights and how to contact us

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about how we handle your personal information, then you may contact us by clicking Contact us link on the Workspace website that directed you to this Privacy Policy.  Alternatively, you can contact us regarding this Privacy Policy at Workspace Group PLC, Canterbury Court, Kennington Park, 1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE, c/o the Data Protection Officer or through the Workspace Website at www.workspace.co.uk/contact-us.

Changes to our Privacy Policy and/or Cookies Policy

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal information and to complying with all data protection laws.  Whether you supply your personal information online, by email or in a letter, by phone or text, we will never use or share it without a lawful reason to do so. We will never sell your personal information.

See “Will Workspace change its Privacy Policy or any of its Privacy Notices?” for full details.