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毕丹星表示:“国人须团结一致”

Jul 13, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
7月12日,新加坡工人党秘书长毕丹星表示,新加坡人必须团结起来,带领国家走出当前“动荡的局势”。

即将受委为国会反对党领袖的毕丹星表示,反对党将与执政的人民行动党和其他反对党合作,以确保“为新加坡和新加坡人带来好结果”。

毕丹星还表示:“某些行业的情况并不乐观……有些人被裁员,他们需要获得援助。”

在被问及工人党的表现和竞选进展时,毕丹星冷静地表示,因为他刚刚完全接管工人党不久,工人党会将国家置于比党更重要的位置。

毕丹星保证,工人党将在2020年大选后进行一段时间的“自我反省”。

毕丹星是在回应内政部长兼律政部长尚穆根的有关言论时说出这番话的。尚穆根当时说,这将是人民行动党进行自我反省和反思的时候。这位工人党领导人说,执政的人民行动党仍然是一个强大的对手。

当被问及新加坡反对党是否在大选中取得了一定进展时,毕丹星谨慎地做出了回应。

毕丹星说:“之前,新加坡人一直都在人民行动党的领导之下生活,他们知道人民行动党的力量有多强大。”

当被问及他在担任秘书长后在这么短时间内就成功地拿下了一个集选区,而他的前任刘程强却花了十年时间时,毕丹星表示,工人党的强劲表现部分归功于他的前任和党内所有人的辛勤付出和耕耘,这是集体努力的成果。

毕丹星高度赞扬了工人党的领导层,他说,刘程强和林瑞莲“在工人党中创建了这种理性、负责任的反对派文化”。


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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%).