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July Newsletter 2020

Aug 04, 2020

It’s a bank holiday weekend!  What are you doing?  We’ve lots of suggestions & ideas for you in this month’s newsletter, but first let me start with saying a huge thank you to everyone who completed our annual ‘Tipping Points’ survey.  We had over 2,600 people respondents which resulted is some very interesting findings. 

PeopleSource ‘Tipping point’ Survey results…

As you may be aware by now, each year, we conduct one survey and one survey only!  To date we have had coverage in a number to national publications, industry body publications and it has provided several opportunities to be discussed at events, but most importantly, we share the findings with our clients to help them understand what you the employee is looking for from an employer, what makes you happy/unhappy in a role.  Why would you move? etc.  The findings and the actions to those findings will hopefully go a little way to enable employers work a little harder for their teams (you!).

For example, this years survey it was impossible to avoid Covid-19 in our questions, but the results show how often people now want to work from home (at least two days), what their pain points are and that the messages focussed on throughout the pandemic need to be slightly different for both males & females. The full set of results can be found here, along with our results from previous annual surveys.

Interview series…

This month we are delighted to hear from Sarah McGarry - having trained with PWC (Class of 2000), Sarah has built her career through industry to become Head of Internal Controls Manager for Primark. Sarah gives us insight into the toughest decision she’s ever had to make as well as who she most admires in business.  Click here for the full interview.

In the news…

Last month we saw the formation of a historic coalition government. How do we feel they are doing? July stimulus package will bring much relief for the SMEs with restart grants, waived commercial rates & pandemic payments all being extended.

With reports claiming over 2,000 job losses for the pub sector we hope the government give the go ahead for bars to reopen in August.  At this stage most of us may have ventured out to our local pub/restaurant for our substantial meal and pint and we hope you have enjoyed it. Personally, I wasn’t a fan but that first drink went down a treat. If you are looking to reserve a table, we used an app called ‘Flipdish’.

In worldwide news, the presidential election is about to take centre stage. Less than 100 days until election day, on the Washington Post poll Joe Biden holds a strong lead on current president Donald Trump 55% to 40%, but the polls have been wildly wrong before and could be again!

We ourselves were in the Accountancy Magazine with an article on e-networking - https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/Accountancy-Ireland/Home/AI-Articles/five-simple-tips-for-remote-networking

In sport…

The Premier League champions Liverpool lifted the title for the first time in their history and in unison hold the Premier League, Champions League & World Club title, not a bad year if you’re a Liverpool fan. As a Leeds fan it’s never easy, but I’m glad to say after 16 years of heartache Leeds will once again get to grace the Premier League as Leeds romped home as Championship winners.

GAA club action is back! The sense of community fills the GAA grounds around the country and it’s been great to go watch & participate in games. TG4 & GAA county boards have so far brought a fantastic level of live games & streaming service to our homes, with all these live games you won’t see me moving from the couch until October!

Lastly, Pro14 rugby returns on August 22nd with Munster & Leinster facing off in the Aviva Stadium. With international action, reportedly returning in November. 

Ciara Mageean (from Portaferry) has become the first Irish woman to break the two-minute mark in the 800m metres after setting a new national record in Bern last week.  The previous Irish record was held by Rose-Anne Galligan, who posted a time of 2:00.58 at the London Anniversary Games in 2013.  This time could secure a place in the final eight in the Olympics next year!

In the office…we came across this on LinkedIn and chuckled!  If you are working from home but missing the background office sounds, this could be for you - https://soundofcolleagues.com/#

Monthly suggestions…

Last month it was Netflix suggestions, this month we bring you activity suggestions that we have experienced that you might enjoy:

  1. Knockrobin Glamping: https://www.knockrobinglamping.com/ - Based in Rathnew, Wicklow,  an amazing luxury glamping accomodation where you can enjoy sea views with a BBQ. Highly recommended.
  2. K2 Alpacas: https://k2alpacas.ie/ - Based near Glendalough, Wicklow, a two-hour experience where you get to walk, feed & pet an alpaca. Ridiculous, but great craic for €35 per person!
  3. Sunset Kayaking: https://www.theirishexperience.com/product/sunset-kayaking-experience/ - Based in Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford, this is something that many coastal cities offer and it does not disappoint. You get to experience seals, dolphins & sea caves.
  4. Coasteering : https://realadventures.ie/connemara/activities/coasteering/ - Based in Connemara, Galway, coasteering is a combination of adventure swimming, climbing, scrambling and cliff jumping where you will be exploring gullies, caves, cracks and different rock formations created by the sea.
  5. Stand-up paddle boarding (or SUPing!) : https://www.surfdock.ie/classes/stand-up-paddle-boarding-dublin/ - Based in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, this experience will teach you the fundamentals of paddle boarding – great on a sunny day!

A couple of months ago, we launched our Career Reboot 101 – if you are thinking a move, or just stuck in a rutt and want to talk to someone about your career (or anythign else as we love a chat), then book an online 30 minute session here. We have a number of international opportunies (mainly Jamaica) which might be of interest, good tax efficient remuneration packages and allowances.  We have a few clients who are looking to retire in the next couple of years and are looking for an up and coming entreprenure to take over the reigns.  There’s lots out there to think about! 

Competition time…
Each month we ask our brilliant readers to answer a question for a chance to win €100 One4all voucher. Last month we asked:

“Is our new Taoiseach the right choice?” - It was a 50/50 split this month for Micheál Martin – Our winner this month is Emma Glynn, Congratulations, we’ll be in touch!

Question this month is

“What is your office return date?”- Enter here to be in with a chance to win this month’s prize of a K2 Alpaca experience (x2)

Continue to stay safe and if we can help in any way, give us a call. 

If you would like more regular updates follow our LinkedIn company page - https://www.linkedin.com/company/peoplesource-ie/

The market has been growing steadily over the past month and here are a few live roles which might be of interest…

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!

Thanks, Gary
M:086 781 4704



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