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佘雪玲坦言其在 2011 年大选缺席后回归工人党的原因

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
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33 岁的佘雪玲是一名坚定的反对党人士,其在 6 月 25 日的一次新闻发布会中以工人党候选人的身份出席。

佘雪玲是 2011 大选时国民团结党的明星候选人之一,但并未加入 2015 年的选举。

时机是她的一个考虑因素,她说自己“现在的职业生涯稳定”,个人生活也处于”非常好的状态”,所以非常适合加入即将到来的大选中。

她承认,决定在今年的选举中参加竞选的做法可能会招致更多的严苛审查,但她说自己这样做是“为了党”,以及“为了我的女儿”,也就是为了新加坡的下一代。

佘雪玲补充道,她相信自己的党派及其领导人。

“我确实意识到自己的回归可能意味着更加密切的关注。但我这样做是为了党,因为我相信党内领导人,我相信党派的愿景。我这样做是为了我的女儿,因为她是下一代的新加坡人,我想为她留下一些东西,无论她的政治倾向或者观点如何。”

在解释自己在 2015 年大选中的角色时,她表示自己一直是旁观者,支持着同样将参加今年选举的候选人余振忠。

2015 年时,佘雪玲曾说过,“人民的情绪”是温暖而欢迎的,虽然这样的情绪并没有直接反映在投票上。

这让她意识到“每一张选票都很重要”,并表示选民“不能选择让其他人来把票投给工人党”。佘雪玲此前曾出现在工人党于选举公布后不久发布的先导视频中。


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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%).