Former nurse who fantasised about his colleague livestreamed her changing clothes without consent

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

A former nurse planted a spy camera in a common staff toilet and watched his colleague - whom he fantasised about - changing clothes through footage streamed to his mobile phone on three occasions.

But the camera got dislodged and other nurses reported the find to hospital security.

On Tuesday (June 14), the 26-year-old was jailed for 10 weeks after pleading guilty to voyeurism. Details of his workplace and his name cannot be mentioned owing to a gag order to protect the victim's identity.

The court heard that the accused and the victim, 26, worked together as staff nurses in the hospital for around two years.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Benedict Teong said: "At some point, the accused grew attracted to the victim and began to fantasise about her."

In July 2021, he went online to buy a spy camera that could stream footage in real time to a mobile phone.

The camera could also record footage if a memory card was inserted, but the DPP noted that the accused did not use one.

The next month, he visited the common staff toilet to place the camera on a ceiling light, and position it to clearly capture anyone who was bathing or changing.

He waited till he was on shift with the victim on Aug 8 and installed it before she went in to change at about 10pm.

The accused then streamed the footage through an app on his phone and observed her undress for about five minutes.

He removed the camera after she left but planted it again to observe her two more times over the next 10 days.

On Aug 18, a nurse entered the toilet after the accused and found the camera which had fallen to the floor. She did not know what it was and placed it outside. Other nurses came to investigate and realised that it was a camera.

They handed it to security officers who reported the incident to the police, said the DPP, who sought between 10 and 12 weeks' jail for the man.

Seeking eight weeks' jail for his client, the accused's lawyer noted that no memory card was inserted at the time of the offence and that the man had only viewed the footage live without disseminating it.

Those who intentionally observe another person doing a private act without consent can be jailed for up to two years, fined and caned.


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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%).