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前政府高级公务员因猥亵下属而被判入狱

Jan 18, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

一名教育相关政府机构的前高级公务员因在2016年猥亵一名下属,昨日被判处6周监禁。

去年12月9日,地区法院法官John Ng裁定他一项涉及该名55岁女子的骚扰罪名成立。

这名67岁的新加坡男子早些时候曾因对涉及受害者和另一名女子的六项性骚扰指控而接受审判。

由于保护妇女身份的禁言令,有关罪犯,所在政府机构和他担任的职务的细节将无法透露。

法官较早前裁定,这名罪犯所涉及的与第二名女子相关的五项猥亵指控均属无罪,当时该女子43岁。

Ng法官发现,该名年轻女子提供给警方的供词,与她在法庭上的证供有“重大不一致”之处。

然而,他最终发现这位中年妇女的证据是“令人信服且可靠的”。

这名已经退休的罪犯还面临着另外三项涉及这名中年女性的待决性骚扰指控。这些将在之后一一审理。

2016年年中,他曾通过紧紧拥抱她,以对她进行性骚扰。

然而,副检察官Goh Yi Ling和Emily Koh在早先提交的呈堂证供中表示,她不敢与他对质,因为她不想危及她的工作。

检察官表示:“工作场所应该成为一个不存在性骚扰的安全环境。矛盾的是,当施暴者是自己的直属上司时,性骚扰所带来的恐惧就会因固有的权力考量因素而加剧,这种因素会为施暴者提供庇护,并使受害者陷入沉默。”

这位中年女性“情感上受到了创伤”,以至于“只要提到他的名字”或收到他的一封电子邮件就会让她“抓狂”。

2016年底,她出现了“一系列严重的健康问题”,包括影响肺部的持续咳嗽、心悸和慢性偏头痛。

据法庭审理过程中的证供显示,她甚至一度有自杀倾向。

2018年3月,这名年长些的女子突然问年轻些的女子,她是否对这名男子“摸她”有意见。这使得该男子的猥亵行为彻底曝光。

这名年轻女子随后声称,他也曾以类似的方式摸过她。

2018年3月28日,两人与其他年长些的女子见了面后,警方接到了报警。

这名男子的保释金昨天定为1.5万新元,其余控罪的审前会议将于2月8日举行。


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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%).