谭德塞认病毒从武汉实验室泄出?北京称世卫否认

Jun 22, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

英国每日邮报于18日报导,尽管世卫组织表示,关于病毒起源的所有假设都摆在桌面上,但消息人士称,谭德塞最近向一位欧洲资深政治家透露,最可能的解释是武汉实验室发生了灾难性事故,导致病毒在2019年底开始传播。中国外交部发言人汪文斌今天说,世卫秘书处已向中方澄清,谭德塞未发表此类言论。汪文斌还说,有关媒体以“匿名放风”的形式翻炒实验室泄漏,“用心险恶”,阻碍科学溯源,是破坏国际抗疫合作大局的政治操弄。

据中央社署名张淑伶今天报道称,就英媒指世卫秘书长谭德塞私下认为,新冠病毒是从中国武汉实验室泄出病毒导致。中国外交部发言人汪文斌今天说,世卫秘书处已向中方澄清,谭德塞未发表此类言论。汪文斌是在今天外交部例行记者会上,被问及英国媒体日前援引消息人士所作的相关报道时做出回应。

汪文斌说,世界卫生组织(WHO)秘书处已就有关的报道向中方澄清,强调谭德塞(Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus)未在公开或私下场合发表任何此类的言论,相关报道“内容完全不属实”,谭德塞“完全反对报导中的有关内容”。汪文斌说,中方已多次阐述有关立场,“实验室泄漏完全是反华势力出于政治目的炮制的谎言,毫无科学可言”。中方已经邀请世卫组织国际专家组赴武汉相关实验室考察,联合研究报告也明确得出了实验室泄漏极不可能的结论。

据中央社说,新冠病毒溯源议题深具争议,导致北京与西方国家关系日益紧绷。谭德塞曾于今年2月表示,已与中国国务院总理李克强会面,讨论有必要在追溯新冠病毒起源上加强合作。


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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%).