February Newsletter 2023

Mar 01, 2023

February 2023 Newsletter – Roll on spring...

Welcome to our February newsletter, and welcome to March as our skies brighten and daffodils appear everywhere to herald in Spring! As we look forward to our National Saint’s Bank Holiday weekend we hope you also made good use of our newest holiday a couple of weeks ago; how was your first St Bridget’s Day? 

In the news this month, we watched the earthquakes devastation in Turkey/Syria. The UK&I leaders are again engaged in the balancing act with the EU over the protocol. The Ukraine war soldiers on, unfortunately. Closer to home, Pinergy became the first energy supplier to announce price reductions this month, dare we hope it’s a sign of things to come among the biggest providers?

Prospects for Ireland’s important tech sector seem to have almost stabilised with most commentators making positive predictions for the year ahead, with Minister Simon Coveney calling the reversals in 2022 a ‘correction, not a crisis’. 

Look out for all the events taking place around March 8th for International Women’s Day, a great time to celebrate the contribution of women to every aspect of life, and please note, the vast majority of events are NOT exclusively for women!  In that spirit, a big shout-out to Emer Cooke, Exec Director of the European Medicines Agency who has just been announced as the ‘European of the Year’.


Did you get to the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society Annual Rugby Lunch in the Aviva Stadium? PeopleSource was delighted to sponsor the event once again. We got to give (pictured here in full flow) some words of welcome.  Entertainment and analysis were provided by Brent Pope, Luke Fitzgerald and legendary bagman Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly. Check here to see if you were captured by the event photographer - here.

Thank you….

Thank you to those who gave us some fabulous five star reviews. If you like the newsletter and any of our other services, please do give us a review on Google.

Dress to impress…

We did a quick poll on LinkedIn last week, asking…

The company dress code is smart casual.  How should a candidate dress for interview? Two choices were provided 1. Suited & Booted or 2. Smart Casual. 

With over 700 responses the results were 55% Suited & Booted. 45% Smart Casual


Lunchtime scroll…….

Our monthly selection of lunchtime links for you to peruse while eating your sambo…..
Plan your F1 viewing for 2023 (or maybe even a trip!) - here
St Patrick’s Day fun facts and activities - here 
Gardening for beginners – from planting seeds to growing your own vegetables, get planning - here
36 Glamping ideas around Ireland for 2023 - here 
Your Cheltenham guide - here 

Entertainment news…..

So, we’re well and truly into the awards season with a great start for Ireland at the BAFTAs, especially Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan and other nods for the ‘Banshees’, fingers crossed for further acclaim at the Oscars.

There was the usual hoopla as RTE disclosed its highest earners for 2020/21, as ever there was a brief furore over the value etc. but we were struck at least by the decent diversity with Claire Byrne and Miriam O’Callaghan among the top 5 alongside Ryan Tubridy, Joe Duffy and Ray D’Arcy.
We don’t often mention literature in our entertainment round-up but we were struck by the recent debate about the revision of some of Roald Dahl’s books to make them “suitable for a modern audience”. Updating or airbrushing gone mad?

Sports roundup….

Traditionally a huge sporting month, this March will be no exception. Looking back first, the Superbowl was its usual glitzy self but at the least the game was a classic. Funny how, for many, the half-time show has become a bigger talking point than the game and Rihanna’s announcement of her pregnancy just added to the hoo-ha.
Early days in the GAA so we’ll reserve comment until some trends emerge, but no doubt about the excitement building in the 6 Nations. Three great wins for Ireland have the world no. 1 team firmly installed as favourites for a Grand Slam, or at the very least a Championship.  
F1 returns with a legion of new fans thanks to Netflix, Mercedes unveiled their menacing looking all-black livery while it is incredible to think that Ferrari are chasing their first constructor’s title for 16 years!
A few interesting results in both the Premier and Champions League (including a disaster for Liverpool) are making things interesting coming to the business end of both competitions and certainly the Premiership looks like it could be more interesting than it appeared a few weeks ago.
And as if all that isn’t enough, we have Cheltenham to look forward to, with another huge showing from the Irish looking very possible! Best of luck to the thousands who’ll be heading over there, including we believe, quite of few of our regular readers!

Looking for a challenge?

As ever, we shine a spotlight on some of the many exciting roles we have on here at PeopleSource. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any of these in greater detail. A shout out to those who may be looking to recruit also – because we have many roles on at any one time, we generally have a pool of candidates who are actively looking for their next role, contact us to potentially fast-track your next hire.

Competition time…

Each month we ask our readers to answer a question for a chance to win €100 One4all voucher.

Our question for the January newsletter was:
With inflation set to remain at between 6 - 8% in 2023. Will you look to switch utility services this year?
Yes or No
And the results were:
Yes – 84%
No  - 16%

And the winner of our voucher is – Lisa Cremin  – we’ll be in touch!

Our question for the February newsletter is:

Do you believe the worst of the layoffs are behind us? Yes/No 

The winner will be chosen at random and will receive €100 One4All voucher. Enter here to be in with a chance to win.
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