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2020年10月12日新加坡水域发现罕见粉色海豚

Oct 17, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡常被称为城市丛林。

但事实是,这个岛上和我们人类生活在一起的野生动物数量惊人。

它们的存在为我们原本平淡无奇的城市生活增添了许多色彩。

在南部水域发现海豚

继一只猕猴在滨海湾惊奇出现后,在新加坡南部海域又发现了一只海豚。

海洋公园之友协会主席Stephen Beng分享了一只罕见的粉色印度-太平洋驼背豚(中华白海豚)的照片。

Stephen Beng还在10月14日的Facebook帖子中分享说,这只海豚游得离海滩很近。

出于娱乐和保护的目的,海洋公园中有几类人士,例如划船者、皮划艇者和研究人员。

像印度-太平洋驼背豚这样的当地濒危动物的出现,表明了平衡不同人士的需求,同时确保海洋野生动物安全的重要性。

因此Stephen Beng说,让在自然保护区的休闲人士参与到保护工作中来是十分重要的。

有关印度-太平洋驼背豚的更多信息

在新加坡水域,不时能看到印度-太平洋驼背豚。

它们是害羞的动物,会远离船只。

根据Wiki.nus的资料,这些海豚一般群体规模较小,通常在3到8个之间。

据新加坡野生动物协会称,在城市化的新加坡看到海豚可能是水质良好的标志。

根据新加坡的濒危动物红色名单,印度-太平洋驼背豚在当地已经濒临灭绝。

国际自然保护联盟将其列为“易危物种”。

海豚正受到水污染、栖息地丧失以及因被废弃的渔网和鱼线所困而溺死的威胁。

它们的数量正在减少。

以上图片来自Stephen Beng


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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%).