Veremark chosen by Singapore MOM to screen new Employment Pass job applicants

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Monday, 3 July 2023 - Singapore: Background screening platform, Veremark, has announced that they have been selected by the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore's education verification for all new Employment Pass applicants from 1 September.

From September 1, employers who submit new EP applications and declare qualifications to earn points under the Complementarity Assessment (Compass) framework are required to provide verification proof of diploma and higher education credentials. This update was initially announced in March, highlighting the significance of ensuring the authenticity and accuracy of educational qualifications in the application process.

For more information regarding Employment Pass rules and the Compass framework, head here.

MOM has announced that verification proof obtained from the designated background-screening companies will be accepted by the ministry before September 1st. This verification proof can be obtained using any of the approved methods listed on MOM's website. Additionally, starting from September 1st, 2024, the verification requirement will also be applicable for the renewal of existing EPs that were not previously assessed under the Compass framework. These measures ensure the authenticity and accuracy of qualifications and contribute to maintaining a trustworthy and reliable workforce in Singapore.

Veremark, along with eleven other providers, was selected based on various criteria including the scale of operations and global coverage, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of qualification verification, robust processes to ensure verification quality and client data confidentiality, as well as strong customer support capabilities. With their extensive global presence, Veremark offers authenticity checks for educational qualifications and accreditation verification for educational institutions, providing comprehensive background screening services to meet the needs of employers.


What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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