In the recruitment and executive search market, privacy is vital. You need to trust that your recruiter or search specialist not only manages and communicates your personal information in a discrete manner, but also securely stores all the data you have provided, and is transparent with you about what they do with it.  With the imminent implementation of changes to the general data protection regulations and a flurry of communications in our inboxes, GDPR has greatly raised awareness and appears to have sent some businesses into a fluster regarding their data management and processing.

Data protection is not new – particularly in our industry – and we (Mackenzie England) have always taken great pride in acting in an extremely discreet and confidential manner. While some people may have seen the data protection changes present business challenges, we welcome the implementation of GDPR, and we hope and strongly believe that our industry will be better off for it!  It should go unsaid that the privacy of your own personal information should be fiercely protected. Furthermore, you should have the right to access, erase or amend it at any time.

We live in a world which is online 24/7 and where everyone has access to information; nowadays most of us accept that ‘personal’ data about who we are, where we work and what our interests are, is readily available to all.  When you are job searching you expect and normally give consent, for your details to be shared in the best interests of recruitment. However what happens to your data when you stop looking, after you’ve secured a job and decided to move, or remained with your current employer, is of paramount importance to your data privacy.

To meet and demonstrate compliance with the new GDPR requirements, we have updated our privacy policy to explain why we store data and what we may use it for. Mackenzie England will only process data that has been legitimately obtained or directly provided and we only share information with clients with whom we have established relationships, once we have explicit and specific consent to do so. This isn’t a change for us; it is how we have always operated!

We also saw the changes in data privacy as an opportunity to upgrade our database management systems and re-engage and connect in a more meaningful way with our network. Controlling who has access to personal information about you shouldn’t be a headache; it’s right therefore that businesses need to be open and honest about what they need your data for and how they will store it, and give you the option to directly control it.

As general understanding spreads, we hope that when the deadline for compliance passes on the 25 May 2018, GDPR is less “aaarrrgghh” and more “aaahhh”.


Mairi McAdam is an executive search consultant with Mackenzie England.  Based in central Scotland, serving the whole of the UK and working internationally, Mackenzie England pride themselves in being distinctly different; they explore all options to help their clients identify and attract exceptional talent. Along with Mairi, directors Martin and Pia will always be straightforward and honest, providing you with independent advice and guidance. If you would like to find out more please get in touch.

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