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警方控告New Naratif违反了《议会选举法》

Sep 20, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

警方对社会政治网站New Naratif提出指控,称其在最近的2020年大选期间发布未经授权的付费广告。

警方向Mothership证实,已对New Naratif违反《议会选举法》的行为提出指控。

警方正在进行调查

据选举局的新闻稿称,助理选举官已向警方举报这些广告构成非法进行选举活动的行为。

助理选举官此前曾于7月3日、7月7日和7月8日向Facebook发出三份通知,要求移除New Naratif在其平台上发布的五个未经授权的付费广告。

在7月3日发出第一个通知后,选举局也发表了一份媒体声明,称New Naratif被视为正在进行线上付费广告的选举活动,而该网站并未获得授权。

7月4日,New Naratif公布了撤销广告的决定,但仍继续发布其他付费广告。

根据《议会选举法》,任何选举活动的进行都需要候选人或其选举代理人事先签署书面授权。

选举局说,“选举活动”包括在任何选举中,为一个或多个明确的政党、候选人或候选人团体促进或促成选举胜利而进行的任何活动;或在选举中对其他政党、候选人或候选人团体的选举前景产生不利影响而进行的任何活动。

选举局补充道,在这次大选中,任何候选人或选举代理人均未授权New Naratif或其代表或代理人进行选举活动。

从竞选期开始起,未经候选人或其选举代理人授权而进行的选举活动触犯了《议会选举法》第83(2)条的规定。

任何人士如被定罪,可被判最多两千新元的罚款及/或最多12个月的监禁。

上图来自谷歌地图和New Naratif的Facebook


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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%).