Privacy Policy - IFS Recruitment

As part of our recruitment process, IFS collect and processes personal data relating to job applicants. IFS is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses this data and to meeting its data protection obligations.


IFS collect the following information about you in connection with the recruitment process:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
  • information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements; (where permissible by local jurisdiction)
  • whether or not you have a disability for which IFS needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process;
  • information about your entitlement to work in the Country for where the role is based
  • equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health, and religion or belief;
  • test results from occupational tests/ability tests/work samples;

IFS collect this information through application forms, CVs or resumes, passport or other identity documents, or directly through interviews or other forms of assessment including online PPA questionnaire or tests.

IFS will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. IFS will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

During the recruitment process, your data will be stored in European data centres in Frankfurt, Germany and managed using a certified recruitment system hosted securely with Amazon’s AWS service.


IFS process your personal data to assist with our recruitment process.  We also need to process your personal data prior to entering into a contract with you in accordance with our legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the Country where the job is based before employment starts.


IFS has a legitimate interest in processing your personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows IFS to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. IFS may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.  IFS make sure that these interests are in balance with the rights and freedoms of job applicants, employees or workers and has conducted a balance of interest test to ensure this is the case in the way we process your data.

IFS will only process health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is done in order to fulfil our obligations and to fufil specific data subject rights in relation to any future employment.

Where IFS processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes as permitted by data protection regulations/reasons of substantial public interest.

For some roles, IFS is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where IFS seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment/to comply with a regulatory requirement to establish whether or not an individual has committed an unlawful act or been involved in dishonesty or other improper conduct/reasons of substantial public interest.

As part of using this service you are asked to review and provide confirmation that you understand how we will process your information as documented in this privacy statement.  You are also asked to confirm that you give your consent to this. We will hold a record of your consent in your candidate profile including the date of the consent, as is necessary in accordance with data protection regulations.  Any questions regarding this privacy statement should be sent to


Your information will be shared internally within IFS for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

IFS will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. IFS will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service to obtain necessary criminal records checks if these are required for the role. In addition, IFS will send your name and email address to Thomas International Ltd. In order to conduct a personality questionnarie (PPA) with you.

Your data may be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in the cases where either the position is based outside of the EEA or where IFS employees involved in the hiring process reside outside of the EEA. IFS also operate a centralised, global HR shared service centre who will be involved with aspects of the recruitment process and the processing of the associated data Where this is necessary, data is transferred outside the EEA in accordance with EU model clauses to ensure its safeguarding.


Whilst certain elements of the recruitment system help with guiding a match to the role’s requirements, all final decisions on selection for interview and future employment are made by IFS staff.


IFS takes the security of your data seriously. It has technical and organisational measures and controls in place to help prevent your data from being lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, nor accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

In the recruitment process, IFS uses the services of SmartRecruiters, who act as data processors on behalf of IFS..  They provide the platform within which the recruitment process is conducted and whose processing responsibility is limited to ensuring the continued availability of the service only.  IFS has reviewed their technical and organisational controls to ensure adequacy in accordance with their processing of your personal data as part of the recruitment process.  These controls cover the integrity, confidentiality and availability of your person data, including use of data encryption in transit and at rest, least privileged access rules and real-time data redundancy and replication and are certified in accordance with ISO 27001 and audited annually.


If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your employee records and retained during the term of your employment.  Your data within the recruitment system will be deleted within 12 months of completing the recruitment process.

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, IFS will hold your data on file for 12 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process in order to consider your application for future IFS employment opportunities.  You may withdraw your consent for IFS keeping your personal data for consideration of other opportunities at IFS at any time.  Either after 12 months or from the time you withdraw your consent, your data will be securely deleted or destroyed.


Included in the principles that we follow are your rights in relation to the personal data that we collect and use in accordance with this policy.  These include:

  • the right to request access and further information concerning the processing of your information;
  • the right to obtain a copy of the personal data that we process relating to you free of charge once (1) every calendar year.For any additional copies requested by you. We may charge a reasonable fee on administrative costs;
  • require IFS to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require IFS to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
  • ·object to the processing of your data where IFS is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
  • request IFS to stop processing data for a certain period of time if the data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests outweigh the legitimate reasons for processing data.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at


You are neither legally nor contractually obliged to provide data to IFS during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, IFS may not be able to process your application correctly or at all. If your application is successful, it is a condition of any offer of employment that you provide evidence of your right to work in the country within which the position is based and provide satisfactory references.

You are under no obligation to provide information for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information.


HOW To contact us

If you have questions regarding this privacy policy or you wish to exercise your rights of access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, data portability, objection to automated decision-making please contact us via: or Privacy, IFS World Operations AB Teknikringen 5, 581 15 Linköping, Sweden. In your letter/email please state your full name and contact information.

You may also reach out to our Data Protection Officer (DPO) at

Revised and posted as of 14 July 2020.