The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Applying for a role at the Electoral Commission

If you are applying for a role at the Electoral Commission you should do so via our online recruitment system. If you are applying for a role through a recruitment agency, you should refer to the agency’s privacy notice to understand how your personal data will be processed.

What information we collect and why

We will collect personal information including your work history, contact details and declarations about past criminal convictions and political activity.

We need this information so we can assess your application and contact you about it.

Legal basis for collecting information

We will ask for your consent for us to process this information when you register through our online recruitment system.

How we use your information

We will use the information you provide to assess your suitability for the role you have applied for. Our human resources team will have full access to this information. Hiring managers’ shortlist of applications for interview will not include your name or contact details or your equal opportunities information if you have provided it.

We might ask you to attend an interview and complete tests. Information will be generated by you and by us. For example, you might complete a written test or we might take interview notes. This information is held by us.

Retention of your information

For unsuccessful applicants, we will keep your information for one year from the closing date to apply for the role. For successful applicants, we will transfer your information to our internal systems and process it under the terms of our  employment contract.

Your rights

When you provide information with your application you do so under consent and you may withdraw your consent for us to process this information at any time before entering into an employment contract with us. If you withdraw your consent for us to process your information this will mean we are unable to consider your application for the role.

We will respond to any requests for access, rectification, erasure, restriction or objection about this information and act on each request based on its own merits.

Privacy notice