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新加坡交通部长王乙康对话工人党林志蔚:在危机时期对新加坡航空公司征收环境税“不是时候”

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

在当前的大环境下,对新加坡航空公司征收环境税无异于向掉到井里的人扔石头。

交通部长王乙康十月六日在国会辩论中用成语“落井下石”来形容此类税收的潜在影响。

王乙康已经就计划重开新加坡边境和恢复航空旅行发表了一份部长级声明,他在讲话中提到了工人党议员林志蔚的建议,即对新加坡航空公司推出的“无目的地航班”中的每架航班征收环境税。

他说:

“无论新加坡航空公司决定采取何种方式,交通运输部都会在这样的时刻尽最大努力支持我们的国有航空公司。但我不会考虑在这个时候像林志蔚副教授建议的那样对它们征收环境税,因为这将使新加坡航空公司的危机更加恶化。”

新加坡航空公司已决定不采用该建议。

征收环境税"还不是时候"

在随后的一个提问中,林志蔚要求王乙康“澄清他的想法”,并解释说,环境税可以由消费者或生产者承担,这取决于所提供产品(航班)的价格弹性,新加坡航空公司如果能够将成本转嫁给消费者,在经济上仍然可行。

王乙康回答说,如果不是因为当前的疫情和新加坡航空公司所处的严峻形势,是可以考虑这个想法的。

他指出,这不是将成本转嫁给客户的问题,是因为目前几乎没有客户,客运量仅为1.5%。

王乙康补充称,如果新加坡航空公司没有进行资本重组,整个公司早就破产了。

王乙康表示,新加坡航空公司目前需要保留尽可能多的资金,“现在真的不是讨论环境税的时候”。

他随后用成语来解释他的观点:

“我想中国有句俗话叫做落井下石。这可能会让新加坡航空公司的情况变得更糟。落井下石的意思是某人掉进井里,你扔了一块石头让情况变得更糟。所以我们要非常小心。等一切恢复以后,国际社会将会继续讨论是否应该征收环境税。”

林志蔚进一步在线澄清

十月六日晚些时候,林志蔚在Facebook上发表了一个帖子,进一步解释了他的立场。

林志蔚说,他为新加坡航空公司感到骄傲,并希望该行业得以生存,他对环境税的建议将由较富裕的客户承担,这些客户将更愿意乘坐拟议中的“无目的地航班”。

林志蔚补充说,他希望能“激发一些创造性思维,思考我们如何能在不影响对环境关注的前提下,确保我国航空公司未来的生存能力。”

他说:“这样的创造性思维是必要的,以确保我们不会以不明智的方式消费自己的血汗钱。”

十月七日,新加坡内政和法律部长尚穆根分享了一段王乙康和林志蔚交谈的视频,重申为什么林志蔚的环境税建议“在当前新航员工的工作岌岌可危的情况下,不是个好主意”。

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=1269449063400179

请于此链接阅读林志蔚的全文,下方Twitter帖子也有相同内容:

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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%).