February 2020 Newsletter

Mar 02, 2020

PeopleSource - Accounting & Finance Recruitment

February 2020 Newsletter

Two months into the roaring 20’s and it’s not disappointed so far! Unprecedented weather conditions, election results and the very scary Coronavirus – and it’s only February! 

From snow to storms to sunshine, in typical Irish weather we’ve seen all 4 seasons during February and we have yet to meet Storm Jorge!  I hope everybody was spoiled on Valentines Days!  Next stop St Patricks, I feel we are all in need of a long weekend. I’m certainly thinking of taking Monday 16th off to make the most of it.

March tends to be a busy month for jobseekers in accounting & finance. Feedback from candidates over the last few weeks has been they felt they weren’t prepared enough going for interview, particularly their first interview at the start of their search.   You get one chance to make an impression, so preparation is hugely important. Here are top tips from PeopleSource:

In the news…

With all votes now counted in Ireland’s General Election, Sinn Féin has upset the country’s longstanding Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil duopoly, attracting the largest number of first preference votes. But it is Fianna Fáil who narrowly won the largest number of seats.  This has made for interesting political plays over the past few weeks, with no clear indication of how it will all play out.   Another General Election perhaps?!

Originating in the Chinese province of Hubei in December last year, the Coronavirus has health officials globally on high alert, with the first case on the Island of Ireland announced yesterday.  What precautions are you taking? Our MD was due to fly out to Italy this Sunday but has decided against it.  Staycation in on the cards for her next week!

In Sport…

The Coronavirus has also played havoc on the World sporting fixtures as the Ireland and Italy 6 Nations match has been postponed with no rescheduling of the fixture just yet. With a strong start in the 6 Nations with wins over Scotland and Wales, Ireland succumbed to a 12-point defeat to England which could have been so much more. Let’s hope they can get their form back up for the concluding fixtures with Italy & France.

In Boxing, Tyson Fury completed one of the greatest comebacks in modern sports history on Saturday night when he knocked out Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to add the WBC title. “The Gypsy King” whose career appeared finished when he left the sport for more than two years amid public battles with addiction and mental illness, made good on his promise to return to the ring and win back his World titles.

In Entertainment…

It’s award season and the 92nd Oscars.  The big winners on the night were Parasite and its Director Bong Joon-ho, Joker and its leading actor Joaquin Phoenix and the World War 1 movie - 1917. If you haven’t seen Joker or 1917, I would highly recommend you do.

Phillip Schofield, the British television presenter, had a big reveal this month. Schofield, who hosts the long-running daytime show This Morning, later told ITV: “This decision is essential for me and essential for my head. Every person I tell, it gets a little lighter and a little lighter.” We’re not going to go there with Caroline Flack.  Media – social or otherwise could perhaps take time to reflect on how these scenarios are managed in future.   

Team bonding recommendations…

Last Sunday, with my local Hurling team, we were brought to The Curragh for a team bonding exercise with an Irish Army Ranger. It was more ‘Hell Week’ than team bonding but it gave great insights into our team dynamic and how team members adjust to certain difficult situations. Team bonding is hugely important whether it’s in the office or on the sports field.  Here are some recommendations that may help your team bond!  

  1. Escape Boats – Grand Canal Dock -
  2. Awesome Walls – Dublin 11 -
  3. Token – Smithfield -
  4. Street Art running tour – City Centre -
  5. Skillzone – Sandyford -


Last month we asked, “Who do you think will win the General Election on February 8th?”

Fianna Fáil with 50% of the vote was our most common answer.  Sinn Fein with only 10% of the vote made for very interesting findings in light of the actual election results. Might this indication accountants are suspicious of Sinn Fein’s manifesto figures?

Congratulations to Catherine Ennis who is our winner of the monthly €100 One4All voucher – We’ll be in touch!

Question this month is

With the coronavirus rampant in North Italy, our question is, “After paying for your trip in full, would you go on holiday to Northern Italy next week?”

Enter here to be in with a chance to win this month’s prize this month’s prize of a €100 One4all voucher.

That’s it for this month.  We leave you with a selection of our live positions – please reach out if you would like to hear about the market and don’t forget to follow us on our LinkedIn company page to see all our latest roles -

We are here to help you with your next career step and offer you the best advise possible.  We are also here to help with any recruitment requirements you might have, so if you are building out your team, looking to fill a replacement or contract, do feel free to give us a call to discuss.

Finally – if you refer a friend to PeopleSource and we place them (there are few T&C’s but nothing too onerous) you will be given a €250 gift voucher! Not bad for helping a friend! 

That’s it from us this month.  Have a great St Patricks Day in the meantime! 

M:086 781 4704


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