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A partnership between two innovative companies like QJumpers and WorkPro is tailormade to revolutionise how Kiwi businesses run their recruitment programmes.
While QJumpers prides itself in creating simple-to-use, intuitive systems to cover all aspects of attracting, finding and landing talent for companies, WorkPro has spent the past 10 years honing a system that is fast becoming the most powerful web-based screening, induction and compliance service across Australia and New Zealand.
The immediate benefit of this ground-breaking collaboration – WorkPro has previously partnered with Australian Federal Government but never before integrated with a company such as QJumpers – is that New Zealand businesses now have a proven, seamless and robust route to fast-turnaround Ministry of Justice checks built into their QJumpers-designed recruitment system.
But because of the way the two companies operate, the scope is already obvious to build more functionality into the system to allow employers more ways to access information about candidates, and potential employees a simpler and more fluid way to supply the necessary information for a job application.
WorkPro founder Tania Evans says the company in Australia had been based on finding a web-based way for companies to access induction and training material concerning workplace health & safety, but because New Zealand’s legislation was in a state of flux when she first brought the company across the ditch four years ago she needed “something a bit different” on which to focus.
“When I did my research it became apparent very quickly that Ministry of Justice checks would become one of those checks that was going to become an almost mandatory requirement,” she says.
“Interestingly when we started doing police checks in Australia ten years ago the only people who needed them were those working with vulnerable groups – and that seemed to be similar when we came to New Zealand. But we have found that it has taken off over the course of the past three years and now it’s not just those working with vulnerable groups. Maybe it’s because New Zealand employers are becoming a bit more risk-averse, or perhaps the media has played a role in highlighting the risk around making sure people’s backgrounds are checked and validated because of the damage that can be caused by an individual.
“It’s not that someone isn’t going to be employed if they have a ‘colourful past’ – it’s more that companies just want to know about the people who they’re going to employ, so Ministry of Justice checks have been a massive growth area for New Zealand employers.”
The key benefits to employers of using WorkPro’s online process – speed, cost and the clear advantage of candidate experience – is an easy marriage with QJumpers’ philosophy of simplifying the recruitment process via technology.
“Perhaps in reflection one of the reasons Ministry of Justice checks have grown so quickly is that now it is so much easier,” Tania says. “Before, they were having to complete manual paperwork and you can appreciate what an awful process that was and the delays that it caused made it difficult to engage people because clearance could take up to nine or ten weeks. So when you bring HR tech on a web-based platform to this and your candidate can just complete a few fields it’s clearly an advantage. And when that ability is sitting in QJumpers software it is even better because your candidate is already on the platform and can complete the paperwork, have it electronically transmitted to the Ministry of Justice, have it guaranteed to get there, and all with a guaranteed five-day turnaround.
“QJumpers, with WorkPro’s assistance, has all of a sudden changed the game.”
Tania says the decision to work with QJumpers general manager Simon Oldham to create the partnership had been based on the Kiwi company’s future vision.
“The wonderful thing about technologies today is that if they’re written and coded properly and you’ve had the foresight of workflow and where you want to get to, it makes the whole business of integration extraordinarily simple – so well done Simon and his team on having the foresight to make QJumpers what it is,” she says. “I can tell you QJumpers was the first company that we integrated with and within a matter of weeks, we were integrated seamlessly, connected and live to the point that it was only post going live that I realised that they were consuming our services. So they have been super to deal with but it is clearly the fact they had foresight in the way QJumpers built their platform because it made it easy for both of us.
“One thing that always struck me about QJumpers is the ease with which Simon knows where he’s going with his platform and it was easy for me to make the decision to prioritise his platform over somebody else’s.”
And now the collaboration is up and running, Tania and Simon are looking at ways in which it can grow to offer businesses further ways to streamline their recruitment process.
“The services we offer are modularised and we have a range of probity and background checks we offer,” Tania says.
“In New Zealand, the Ministry of Justice checks were the first because it was the easiest and most popularly requested. And I’m guessing that through me and Simon being in regular contact, that if he says that their feedback from the market points to an increasing need, say, for ACC check then we’d adapt a check we use in Australia for an ACC check and he’d push that into his platform.
“Simon and I still don’t believe New Zealand is at a point where it is worth our while introducing workplace health and safety inductions into his platform but when the time is right and New Zealand employers understand and appreciate they need to do this, we will look to implement workplace health and safety inductions as well.
“So the future is bright in terms of bringing in services and offering them out via the QJumpers platform which I think helps him stand apart from his competition. Recruitment platforms all have the same requirements and I think what sets platforms apart is the additional functionality and the way you create the simplicity of that user experience, so by WorkPro working alongside QJumpers there’s plenty of upside for both of us.”
QJumpers is committed to constantly improving the recruitment process in New Zealand to create a streamlined business strategy and a positive candidate experience. To learn more about how your business can benefit from our partnership with WorkPro, contact us on 0800 758673, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website.
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