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政府官员称,北京每天可对近100万人进行COVID-19筛查

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
北京:一位政府官员周日表示,中国首都北京每天有能力对近100万人进行COVID-19检测筛查,同时全市各地的检测工作仍在继续,以遏制新一轮疫情的蔓延。

自一个多星期前爆发了与一个食品批发市场有关的一连串感染病例以来,北京一直在扩大对这个2,000万人口的城市的检测范围。

这是北京几个月来首次爆发疫情,目前疫情已经超过了2月初的高峰期。

最初,检测对象包括在疫情新发地市场工作、购物或居住在附近的人士,但现在已经扩大到包括该市其他许多地区的居民,以及外卖和包裹的快递员。

北京市卫生健康委员会发言人高晓军在新闻发布会上表示,自新一轮的疫情爆发以来,124家机构的检测能力增加了一倍以上,达到每日检测量23万次以上。

他补充道,这些检测是通过在一个试管中从多个人身上采集样本而进行的,这意味着该市每天可以从近100万人身上获得检测结果。

上个月,在武汉出现一系列新病例,引发了对第二波感染的担忧后,武汉也采取了同样的样本汇集流程,以快速提高每日的检测能力。

另外,高晓军还说,包括湖北和辽宁在内的一些省份已经向北京派出了大约200名医务人员,以补充实验室的工作人数,从而进一步帮助提高检测的效率和数量。


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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).