Friday, 17 March 2017

AGENCY BLACKLISTING - ICO INVESTIGATION

The legal claim against Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited (BBESL), (and recently rebranded as Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick Limited) was accompanied by claims against nine recruitment agencies from their preferred supplier list. These were all agencies I had applied to for the very same BBESL 'Delivery Unit Labour Manager' position. 

Similar to Balfour Beatty, many of these agencies had access to unlimited legal resources for the preliminary hearing in October 2016. I was an unemployed litigant in person against multiple legal teams for the respondents, and as such, was unable to convince the judge to progress the agency claims through to a full hearing. 

Notwithstanding this, the blacklisting claim against Balfour Beatty was progressed to a full five day hearing.

As the legal process in relation to these agency claims has now concluded, the Information Commissioner can now start the process of investigating the evidence presented to them. As previously reported, one of these agencies had previously made a legal application to prevent me from forwarding my evidence to the Information Commissioner and failed miserably. That agency was Construction & Property Recruitment Limited, who are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

The full list of agency respondents in relation to the BBESL 'Delivery Unit Labour Manager' position were:

NRL - Nationwide

Advantage xPO - Based in Balfour Beatty's UK wide offices

Construction & Property Recruitment - Edinburgh

Orion Engineering Services - Inverness

First Military Recruitment - Cirencester

Application Recruitment - Edinburgh

Highfield Professional Solutions - Southampton

Westlakes Recruit - Cockermouth

Aventas Group - Glasgow

I am advised that the Information Commissioner's office has now opened its investigation into these agencies.

Please contact James Hayward (james.hayward@ico.org.uk) at the Information Commissioner's Office if you have any information on these companies. 

I will also now be publishing all the relevant evidence, witness statement, skeleton argument, etc relating to these claims as soon as I can.

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