M’sian Gets Rejected After Telling Woman He’s a Hawker Because “Hawkers Have No Future”

Jun 17, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

Recently, the Facebook group Tantan Confessions Malaysia shared some screenshots of a conversation between an anonymous man and a girl he met through an online dating app. Judging from the screenshots, it seems that the man had just swiped right on the woman not too long ago, however things went south very quickly afterwards.

The woman asked him about his career, to which he said, “a hawker that sells desserts & chee cheong fun.”

How picky are you?

Of course, the man expressed his interest in things between them blooming, but the woman subtly said ‘no’.

Out of curiosity, the man asked how picky she could be. She replied by saying:

“I’m not looking for people without a future, like Grab drivers, hawkers, lorry drivers, etc. I don’t want to go through thick and thin with them.”

She then added:

“I can’t imagine how will things be if I have to worry (financially) about the end of the month, at the beginning of every month with you.”

Later, she expressed her interest in progressing only as a friend with the man, who later accepted the “friendzone” designation and reminded them not to take things too far.

Hawkers make more money?

The anonymous confession has gained attention from the netizens, and they have a lot to say about the conversation, particularly how the woman responded upon finding out she was talking to a hawker.

“The hawkers that I know make a lot of money. You haven’t seen enough, little girl. Stay single then,” a fellow netizen jibed.

“People might not look at hawkers but once you know how much they earn, you’ll be surprised,” quoted another.

A few advised the man not to even maintain the friendship with the aforementioned girl, given her negative perception of other people’s careers.

Finally, a netizen whose mother is working as a hawker actually revealed how well his mom is doing:

“My mom is a hawker who managed to raise my siblings and me and pay off the house loan. A hawker makes more than five figures every month if the business performs well.”

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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%).