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Niche Jobs - Privacy Policy

Why do we have a Privacy Policy?

It is really important to us that we keep any personal information that you give to us safe and secure and whilst we realise that it is not the most interesting of subjects, we would encourage you to read our Privacy Policy as it gives you important information about your personal information and your rights.

Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

This website is owned and operated by Niche Jobs Limited. When you have any comments or queries about this website please contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk and a HUMAN will reply.

We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
  • Sign up for a job alert email
  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason

Cookies

Cookies are text files that sites store on users' computers. They make sites easier to use. They don't do anything to your own computer (they can't run software or send viruses).

As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk.

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.

Emails

If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"(. Please contact us at [Data queries Email\ with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.

Complaints

If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 03031231113

Address:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

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Q+A with a carer in a children's home

Q+A with a carer in a children's home

Sarah Kean-Price talks to a carer in a children’s home about their first 3 weeks in a their new job. She finds that two days are never the same and the desire to work with the homeless has been a driving force from an early age.

1. Tell me a bit about your job at the moment
I'm working in a very small children's home. It's a therapeutic community so its run in a way where it aims to be more like a 'family home' I guess. So it's not like a children's home where it's quite institutionalised. Everyone helps with the cooking and cleaning etc.

The kids have fairly normal rules and routines where they take turns to wash and dry, they can have mates round, they can go out etc. They go to bed at ten on a school night and later at the weekends. My job is pretty much to help with all this. So I'm an adult in the house and I take the kids to activities like ice skating, trampolining, rock climbing etc (I've done more exercise than ever in my life since I started).

There's paperwork too obviously but the kids always come first. We don't talk about shifts or work and we don't do paperwork in front of the kids because it's all aimed around making it a home, not an institution.

When I first started I found it extremely weird because my last job was so hectic and I felt like I wasn't doing any work. It was in fact that the first priority was to get to know the kids so they were comfortable with having me in their house.

So while I was worrying about the fact I'd not been given any 'work' and thinking people would think I was rubbish because I'd spent my shift making cakes and watching TV with the kids, that was exactly what I was meant to be doing.

2. How did your life lead up to working in this area?
I started working in homeless services and I'm not sure why but I'd always wanted to. It wasn't some epiphany or anything, just like when other children said they wanted to be a doctor or teacher I said I wanted to work with homeless people.

Obviously that was my start in 'care work' and working with children is quite different. It was a bit of an accident really. My contract wasn't renewed in the hostel and I was looking for a job. My landlady at the time said she owned a children's home and asked me to apply. I'd never thought of working with kids and took quite a lot of convincing (it made a huge difference once I found out it was 12 to 18. I could never work with small children!). I got the job and now I love it.

3. Why did you decide to work in this area?
Like I said, it was a bit of an accident really. When I moved away from homeless services I was unsure about it but convinced myself by saying it was helping people before they got to the point where they lived in a hostel. Lots of the residents of the hostel where I worked had been in care and that was what helped me.

I think I wanted to work with homeless adults because I always thought they were a bit of a forgotten-about group. Lots of people want to work with children and animals but people forget that adults need help too sometimes. People are often quite horrible about people on benefits or on drugs or living on the streets and act like they just don't want a job etc. That always makes me quite angry and I suppose I wanted to help.

4. What's an average shift like?
There's not really any such thing as an average shift. Some days it's quiet and if it's horrible weather on a weekend I'll literally spend my shift sat on the sofa in my pajamas watching films and eating popcorn with the kids. Other days I'll be running down the street after a child who has run away and my day will be entirely made up of incredibly stressful situations.

5. You've been working in this job for about 3 weeks now; How are you settling in?
I think I settled in almost immediately. My colleagues are all lovely and treat me like I'd been there ages straight away. I think one of the things about working in a caring environment is that you tend to be there with nice people.

6. Is there anything about this work that surprises you?
Sometimes outside agencies surprise me. Not in a good way. There are times where you just think 'how on earth can they think that was the right thing to do?!?!?!'. Schools that send through what is obviously an hour’s worth of work and say it will last a fortnight. I realise it's a lot of effort but if a child has been excluded they do still need to be learning.

The police surprise me a lot. In both good and bad ways. Some officers are so amazing and really go the extra mile to help vulnerable people, on the other side you get officers who make you entirely understand certain peoples hatred of the police. I recently had an officer come to the house basically to ask me why I had called them and why he should bother looking for a vulnerable person.

7. What's the best part of your job?
The days where the kids make you proud of them. When someone has been consistently making bad decisions and suddenly it seems to click and they do the right thing.

8. What's the worst part of your job?
The stress. Also cuts to services and their effects. When you're the only place that will house a child and you're given no information on their needs. When a child is stuck with you as an emergency placement and it's so obviously not an appropriate place for them. When you know what someone needs but there's no money to get them it. The fact that you know some things which need to happen never will because of money.


Also the fact that I have to have restraint training. I've only restrained a child once, it was the worst thing I've ever done and I don't ever want to do it again.

9. If there's anything about your care career that you could have done differently, what would you have done?
I've got no idea.

10. What advice about working in the care industry would you give to your younger self?
Ask for more money. People will try and pay you nothing because you're young.

11. How do you hope to progress in your care career?
I hope to get more experience so I'm better at what I do. Other than that, I don't really know.

12. Do you think a qualification in this area would improve your practice? Or, alternatively, do you think on-the-job experience has been more valuable?
I don't have any care qualifications so can't really comment on if it would have been better or worse for me. I think the fact that I wasn't straight out of a social work degree when I started was appreciated. I used to help run an alcohol support group and the members always said they didn't like it when you got young people with not much life experience trying to help them with theories straight out of a book. It was quite amusing they said this to me as I was only 20 when I started.

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