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Pritam Singh呼吁政府考虑实施1300新元的全民最低工资标准

Oct 18, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

反对党领袖兼工人党秘书长的Pritam Singh呼吁政府考虑实施1300新元的全民最低工资标准。

这是对人力部部长Josephine Teo以及全国职工总会秘书长Ng Chee Meng宣布成立一个新的三方工作组,研究如何提高更多行业低薪工人工资的回应。

普及最低工资是一项并行措施

Singh 于10月13日在脸书上发文称,普及最低工资是“道德需要”和“民族团结行为”:

“为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,而是对如何定义新加坡人的一种声明。因为衡量我们社会的真正标准在于我们如何对待最脆弱的群体。”

他说,政府所采取的行业办法需要“太长时间”来落实,新工作组似乎坚持“最低工资加”的行业办法来帮助工人。

相反,将1300新元作为最低工资标准,可以作为一种“并行措施”,以补充探索提高各行业生产力和工资的方法,Singh建议道。

Singh补充说,这项全民最低工资可以接受定期审查。

最低工资加工作组

为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,也是一种民族团结行为,在当今的经济环境中更有意义。

政府的最低工资加行业办法包括行业生产力和职业发展等其他方面,所有这些都不能令人抵触。这种以行业为基础的最低工资模式,问题在于推行时间太长。八年过去,它涵盖了三个部门。对于在这些行业之外工作的新加坡人来说,时间太长了。他们要等多久呢?这是我的同事Leon Perera在议会上提出的一个问题,目前还没有得到答复。

从昨天全国职工总会秘书长和人力部长的发言来看,低薪工人问题三方工作组似乎坚持采用最低工资加行业办法的形式来帮助工人。他们可以做的是考虑采取平行措施,立即施行以1300新元为基数的普遍最低工资,并接受定期审查,同时探索行业改进或如何有效做好提升版最低工资加中的提升的这一部分。

为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,而是对如何定义新加坡人的一种声明。因为衡量我们社会的真正标准在于我们如何对待最脆弱的群体。在我最近分享的一篇BT文章中,许多商界领袖已经表示,他们赞成合理制定的国家最低工资标准。我希望雇主、企业、工会和政府将这一问题视为一个远远超越金钱的问题,还要视作我们民族团结的根本基础。

背景

在2020年大选期间,为所有工作的新加坡人实施最低实得工资是工人党宣言的一部分。

该党提议将全职工作的最低工资定为每月1300新元,此前的非全职工作按比例计算。

该宣言引用的政府数据显示,新加坡每平均四人的家庭每月需要花费1300新元用于购买衣食住行等基本生活用品。

它还指出,有超过10万新加坡人从事全职工作时,每月的实得工资低于1300新元。

在选举后的第一次议会上,来自反对党和人民行动党的议员们也就渐进工资模式和最低工资进行了实质性辩论。

下是议员们对这两种工资模式优点和缺点的总结:

https://mothership.sg/2020/07/minimum-wage-progressive-wage-model-differences/

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=3303030799752464

你可能已经听说过最低工资和渐进工资模式(PWM),这要归功于九月份议会的辩论。

但渐进工资模式到底是什么?渐进工资模式和最低工资有什么区别?又为什么要争论呢?🤔

我们试图一步一步解释这些和其他更多问题。

上图来自Josephine Teo脸书和工人党网站


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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%).