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新加坡社会政治网站New Naratif谴责警方对其提交的选举违规指控,称这是人民行动党在进行“报复”

Sep 20, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

New Naratif回击了警方最近对其提出的指控,称该行为是“出于政治目的的对言论自由的攻击”。

这个社会政治网站正在接受调查,因为它被指控在最近的大选期间发布未经授权的付费广告,违反了《议会选举法》。

9月19日,该网站发布了一份声明和一系列推特回应这些指控。

新加坡法律写的“广义”

他们在推特上声称,在大选后,总理办公室正在“报复主要的批评人士和独立媒体”,在大选中,执政党在Sengkang又输掉了一个集选区。

该网站发表的声明批评新加坡法律写得太”宽泛“。

根据New Naratif的说法,这使得政府“有效地使大量合法的政治活动在没有许可证的情况下成为非法活动,而采取行动的决定权掌握在高级官员和/或政治家的手中。

“《议会选举法》声明,‘……尽管此类材料可以被合理地视为旨在达到任何其他目的,而且即使它没有明确提及任何政党或候选人的名字,也应将其作为选举广告,……’“

该网站写道:“用它来对付New Naratif,显示了这条法律的宽泛性和专断性。“

这家社会政治网站以前曾与政府发生过冲突。

他们在声明中提到了这些事件,其中包括今年5月早些时候根据《防止线上虚假信息和操纵法案》(POFMA)发布的一条更正指示,内容涉及YouTube上一段历史学家和New Naratif董事总经理PJ Thum的视频。

2018年4月,New Naratif也被拒绝在新加坡注册,理由是它是外国人在新加坡从事政治活动的工具。

该网站在另一份声明中反驳了这一说法。

Mothership已经联系新加坡选举局和新加坡警察局征求意见。

上图来自New Naratif网站和YouTube频道


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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%).