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Organisations in New Zealand are finding the balance between undertaking criminal conviction history checks on existing and prospective candidates, and managing the process directly with the Ministry of Justice, is not helping their cash flow, according to WorkPro a specialist in online background screening.
Tania Evans, WorkPro founder said that organisations who have arrangements in place directly with the Ministry and pay up-front for the annual estimated usage, could be an unnecessary drain on cash for the business.
“In dealing directly with the Ministry, not only are they paying up-front for their annual estimated usage but also having to choose only one level of service for their criminal checks for the entire year ahead.When an organisation uses WorkPro, they can choose the level that suits them for each check – standard or priority service – and it is better for their cash flow, as we invoice on usage monthly in arears” said Ms Evans.
The new Ministry of Justice criminal conviction check now offers two levels of criminal conviction history check: a ‘standard’ check and a new ‘priority’ check. The new priority service is a paid service, with a guaranteed 5-day turnaround. The existing ‘standard check’ is a free 20 working day plus turnaround option.
“Choosing the level of service and quantity of checks upfront unfortunately doesn’t fit with the unpredictable nature of business. For example, we know that some jobs are in high demand and short supply, such as Solution Architects, and organisation’s need to make an offer quickly in order to retain the candidate – balancing this with meeting compliance. Conversely, other roles may have greater supply and less demand so a 20-day free option may suffice. One level of service for criminal checks doesn’t match the recruitment needs of business,” said Ms Evans.
“We work with many organisations in New Zealand who have found themselves:
To assist organisations ensure they screen new talent effectively without hurting cash flow, QJumpers has partnered with WorkPro to enable clients to seamlessly order a Ministry of Justice check without leaving their recruitment management system.
“We have developed a simple on-line process where the employer can simply click a button and order a Ministry of Justice check on their shortlisted candidates. Through using an approved Third Party of the New Zealand Ministry of Justice, the organisations we work with know that our streamlined process to manage criminal conviction history requests is fully compliant. This will create huge benefits in operational efficiencies as everything can be managed through one online system" says Simon Oldam, GM of QJumpers.
WorkPro is a specialist web based screening and induction solution that aims to gets people ‘work ready’. Providing services across Australia and New Zealand, WorkPro is fast-becoming the most powerful web-based employee screening, induction, compliance & information management solution available. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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