Privacy Policy

About this privacy policy

This privacy policy explains how we (Guardian News & Media Limited) collect, use, share and transfer your personal data on the Guardian Jobs recruiter website (“our site”). This is separate to how the website uses your personal data. For information on website, please read the main privacy policy here.

Personal data is any information about you by which you are identified or could be identified. This can include information such as:

  • your name, date of birth, email address, postal address, phone number, mobile number;
  • information about your device (such as the IP address, which is a numerical code to identify your device that can provide information about the country, region or city where you are based); and

  • information relating to your personal circumstances and how you use our site.

Sometimes the Guardian Jobs recruiter website may contain links to third party websites and services. These websites and services have their own privacy policies. If you follow a link to a third party, you should read the privacy policy shown on their site.


Who we are and how to contact us

The data controller for the Guardian Jobs recruiter website is Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU.

If you want to contact us, you can find our contact details in the “How to contact us” section below.


Collecting and using your personal data

We collect personal data when you sign up for our services and when you browse our site. This information is used to provide our recruiters’ services, sell advertising space on the site and to analyse how visitors use our site.

The personal data we collect when you create an account to access the Guardian Jobs recruiters’ service

We collect:

  • your name;

  • your title;

  • your email address;

  • your company information e.g. name, recruiter type, address, telephone number, website, sector, UK charity number and EU VAT Registration number; and

  • information relating to the services that you have purchased.

When you use our site we may also use cookies or similar technology to collect extra information including:

  • your IP address - a numerical code to identify your device and which can provide information about the country, region or city where you are based;

  • your browsing history of the content you have visited on our sites, including information on how you were referred to our sites via another website; and

  • details of your devices, for example, the unique device ID and browsers used to access our content.

We will not collect special categories of data - such as information about your race, political opinions, religion, health or sexual orientation - unless you have chosen to provide that information to us.


How we collect personal data

You provide personal data to us when you register as a recruiter on the Jobs recruiter website or when you use the live chat function on the recruiter services site to communicate with us.


Why we use your personal data

We use the personal data collected through the Jobs recruiters website for a number of purposes, including the following:

  • To provide you with an account for the services that you select (for example searching our CV database and accessing CVs or posting jobs) and related internal administrative purposes (such as those we need for our accounting and records) and to make you aware of any changes to our services.

  • To improve our marketing, we use a similar technology to cookies to confirm whether you have opened a marketing email or clicked on a link in the email.  

  • To improve the recruiter journey on our site, we analyse how our site is used and what transactions are made to show you personalised content.

  • We also use the information collected on our site to generate business leads.

When you register as recruiter on Guardian Jobs your company is assigned a recruiter number that is used to track activity across the site and for billing purposes.

Companies can have multiple individual accounts set up. Your personal data is used to help administer these accounts.


Legal grounds for using your personal data

We will only use your personal data where we have a legal ground to do so. We determine the legal grounds based on the purposes for which we have collected and use your personal data. In every case, the legal ground will be one of the following:

  • Performance of a contract with you (or in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract with you: For example, where you have signed up for a Guardian Jobs recruiter account, we need your contact details to manage your account.

  • Our legitimate interests: Where it is necessary for us to understand the people who use our services, promote our services and operate the Guardian Jobs site efficiently for provision of our services. For example, we will rely on our legitimate interest when we carry out marketing analysis to understand our clients to determine what marketing communications may be relevant to them. It is also in our legitimate interest to analyse what content has been viewed on our site, so that we can understand how our site is used.

  • Compliance with law: In some cases, we may have a legal obligation to use or keep your personal data.


Security of your personal data

We have implemented appropriate technical and organisational controls to protect your personal data against unauthorised processing and against accidental loss, damage or destruction. You are responsible for choosing a secure password when we ask you to set up a password to access parts of our site. You should keep this password confidential and you should choose a password that you do not use on any other site. You should not share your password with anyone else, including anyone who works for us. Unfortunately, sending information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data once with us, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal data sent to our site while still in transit and so you provide it at your own risk.


Who we share your personal data with

We do not share your personal data with other people or companies that are not directly linked to us except under the following circumstances:

  • We use other service providers who provide services on our behalf such as managing the platform and preventing fraud.

  • We may reveal your personal data to any law enforcement agency, court, regulator, government authority or other organisation if we believe we need to do so to keep to a legal or regulatory obligation, or otherwise to protect our rights or the rights of anyone else.

  • We may reveal your personal data to any other organisation that buys, or to which we transfer all, or substantially all, of our assets and business. If this sale or transfer takes place, we will use reasonable efforts to try to make sure that the organisation we transfer your personal data to uses it in line with this privacy policy.

Any organisations which access your information in the course of providing services on our behalf will be governed by strict contractual restrictions to make sure that they protect your information and keep to all data privacy laws that apply. We may also independently audit these service providers to make sure that they meet our standards.

We will not share your personal data with anyone else for their own marketing purposes unless we have your permission to do this.


International data transfers

Data we collect may be transferred to, stored and processed in any country or territory where one or more of our Guardian group companies or service providers are based or have facilities. While other countries or territories may not have the same standards of data protection as those in your home country, we will continue to protect personal data that we transfer in line with our privacy policy.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the European Economic Area (EEA), we ensure similar protection and put in place at least one of these safeguards:

  • We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been found to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data.

  • We may also use specific approved contracts with our service providers that are based in countries outside the EEA. These contracts give your personal data the same protection it has in the EEA.

  • Where we use service providers in the United States, we may transfer personal data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield scheme, which requires them to provide a similar level of protection of your personal data to what is required in the EEA.

If you are located in the EEA, you may contact us for a copy of the safeguards which we have put in place for the transfer of your personal data outside the EEA.

Keeping your personal data

We keep your information for only as long as we need to for our purposes, and in particular to protect ourselves if there is a legal claim (for example, we may keep information relating to a contract with you for the lifetime of the contract and up to seven years after). After this period, we will delete it or make it anonymous by removing all your details. If we asked for your permission to process your personal data and we have no other lawful ground to continue with that processing, and you withdraw your permission, we will delete your personal data.

Individual recruiter user accounts can only be closed by their Recruiter Company Management user, who can add, edit and expire Recruiter Service users. Once this has been done, that individual will no longer to be able be to access the service. When requested, individual accounts can be permanently deleted from the system, otherwise some details are retained e.g. name, email address, associated recruiter, user id, for as long as we need them for our internal record purposes.

For further assistances with the Jobs recruiter website and accounts please email


Cookies and similar technology

Cookies and similar technology

When you visit our site, we may also collect information from you automatically by using cookies or similar technologies (“cookies”). A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we may set on your device and that transfers information to your device. Other organisations may also set their own cookies on our site. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website.

We use the following types of cookies on this site:

  • Essential - These cookies are essential for the operation of our site. This includes cookies that we use so that you can stay logged into your account. If you set your browser to block these cookies, some parts of our site will not work.  

  • Performance - These cookies are used to count how often you visit our site and understand how you use our site. We use this information to measure the performance of our site, which allows us to get a better sense of how our users engage with our service and to improve our site so that users have a better experiences . For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, by which types of users. We use Google analytics on our site to report site usage. If you do not want to have your information collected and analysed on our site in this manner, please click this link . Scorecard research (Comscore) is used on our site and you can take part in market research. Please click this link to opt out.

  • Functionality - These cookies are used to recognise you and remember your preferences or settings when you return to our site so that we can provide a more personalised experience for you. For example, they remember your search criteria.

  • Advertising - These cookies are used to collect information about your visit to our site, the content you have viewed, the links you have followed and information about your browser, device and your IP address. We use this information to show you more relevant advertising on our other sites (this includes We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose (you may then also see more relevant advertising on other websites) or we may allow third parties to use their advertising cookies on our sites. We also use a cookie that collects data for our data management platform. This allows us to create groups of people with similar interests to make advertising shown on more relevant. Please click here to opt out.


How you can manage cookies and similar technology

You can manage how cookies are used. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.


Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS


Opt out of personalised advertising for web browsing and mobile devices

You can opt out of receiving personalised advertising. However, this does not mean that you will no longer receive advertising when you are using our site. It just means that the advertising you will see will not be customised to your interests and preferences. You will also have to opt out again if you use a different web browser.

If you would like more information about personalised advertising and how to opt out when using a web browser, please visit

You can also opt out of receiving personalised advertising on the mobile application in the settings of your mobile device. Please visit or  for more information.

You may need to do this again each time you use a different IP address or device.


How we may contact you

Service messages

We may contact you about the services that we provide to you.


Marketing communications

Where permitted by law, we may contact you about our products and services.

Your rights with regard to the personal data that we hold about you

You can contact us with regard to the following rights in relation to your personal data:

  • If you would like to have a copy of the personal data we hold on you or if you think that we hold incorrect personal data about you, please write to the Data Protection Officer at Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU or email We will deal with requests for copies of your personal data or for correction of your personal data within one month. If your request is complicated or if you have made a large number of requests, it may take us longer. We will let you know if we need longer than one month to respond. You will not have to pay a fee to obtain a copy of your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive.

  • Where you have provided us with consent to use your personal data, you can withdraw this at any time.

  • Where applicable, you may also have a right to receive a machine-readable copy of your personal data.

  • You also have the right to ask us to delete your personal data or restrict how it is used. There may be exceptions to the right to erasure for specific legal reasons which, if applicable, we will set out for you in response to your request. Where applicable, you have the right to object to processing of your personal data for certain purposes, including marketing purposes.

If you want to make any of these requests, please contact

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity.


Contact us for information about how we use your information or complaints

If you have any questions about how we use your personal data or if you have a concern about how your personal data is used, please contact the Data Protection Officer at Guardian News & Media Limited, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Or, email

Complaints will be dealt with by the Data Protection Manager, and will be responded to within 30 days.

If you are not satisfied with the way your concern has been handled, you can refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

If you have a question about anything else, please see our contact us page here.


Changes to the Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy we will post the changes here. If the changes are significant, we may also choose to email all our registered users with the new details. If required by law, we will get your permission or give you the opportunity to opt out of any new uses of your personal data.

Feb 2016 - specific privacy policy for the Jobs recruiter website created

Sept 2016 - changes to include information on sharing data with service providers

May 2018 - updated to reflect changes resulting from the General Data Protection Regulation