So that was the summer then, and fall is here. All in all, not bad, and September favoured us with more than our fair share of sunshine! The good weather has helped significantly with those staycationing and the host of pubs and restaurants offering outdoor dining.
Ireland continues to emerge from one of the world’s most severe lockdowns, we’re getting back to the office, restrictions on travel and events are being lifted and our airports are seeing significant levels of footfall. Let’s hope that there is no going back from here.
With the Dail getting back to business, the silly season is and we have just about stopped talking about Ms Zappone. Ireland is playing a full part in world affairs via its chairing of the UN Security Council and have we seen the first cracks in our commitment to the 12.5% corporation tax rate!? Interesting to see President Biden looking Boris in the eye and standing form behind the Protocol, let’s hope a sensible solution can be found to the border issue.
It’s been a busy month for sport. We’re not superstitious but it’s hard not to mention Mayo and not add ‘the curse’ in the same sentence. Having been comprehensively seen off by Tyrone in the All-Ireland it’s hard to imagine what Mayo have to do to get past this final hurdle. As for the Ryder Cup, a disappointment for Europe, but you must admire the team spirit of the Europeans. I don’t think Emma Raducanu will ever struggle in a competency based interview when it comes to resilience or results!
For all the internationals, transfers and good and bad starts to their various seasons, there is only one piece of news dominating football right now and that is the return of Ronaldo to Man Utd. And what a start he has had. Shortly after breaking Irish hearts with two late goals in our world cup clash, he has gone on to score for fun for United and it will be interesting to see if he can carry on in the rich vein and dominate the Premiership.
It has been great to see crowds returning to Irish sporting events and we look forward to full theatres and music venues soon!
Speaking of entertainment, both the Beeb and RTE have delivered some quality drama with ‘Vigil’ and ‘Kin’ respectively. Vigil comes from the creators of ‘Line of Duty’ and is of the same very high standard while Kin is a high quality gritty drama about a feud between two warring crime gangs (sound familiar?). As the nights draw in we look forward to more of the same from our terrestrial and streaming channels.
Good to see a few heads back in the audience for the Late Late, I wonder what kind of Toy Show they will be able to come up with; mind you, according to the news there may be very few toys left on the shelves by then! Parents of young kiddies, you have been warned!!!
And what of the wonderful world of work? Well the two big trends are the return to the office, much documented and awaited, and ‘the great resignation’. I hope everybody enjoys the variety and camaraderie of a return to the workplace, on whatever basis.
It’s hard to know what to make of the term ‘the great resignation’ but one thing I can say for sure is that here at PeopleSource we are busier than ever with a host of great roles open right now (which you can check out the full list below). I think there are a number of factors at play here, certainly the whole working from home phenomenon has opened a world of possibilities for many workers.
We expect a significant bounce back in the Irish economy with key sectors reopening and continued pressure on employers to find and retain key talent. So, plenty of opportunities for those considering a change. My advice to both employers and candidates is to plan and be open to options. For employers, the ‘counter offer’ is back with a vengeance and to candidates, be ready to move quickly for the role you want, if you delay, the job you felt you wanted could be gone! Enter the market when you are ready, do your research.
I couldn’t be happier about the return of in-person networking and industry events and I’m very much looking forward to both attending and speaking at the forthcoming Finance Leadership Summit. Paschal Donohe, Minster for Finance, will be opening the event so I hope my presentation doesn’t contradict his insights too much!
The event will be the first of many I hope, roll on the Christmas drinks circuit and I’m hoping to catch up with loads of my network in the weeks and months ahead.
Each month we ask our readers to answer a question for a chance to win €100 One4all voucher.
Our question for August was:
It is suggested that the location of a role should impact/reflect the salary e.g. if you lived in a low cost location you would be paid less than someone living in a high cost location.
Would you take a pay cut to live in a low-cost location? Yes / No
The results are No 40% Yes 60%
And the winner of our voucher is – Amy Yuan. Amy we will be in touch.
Counter offers are on the rise, which means many people would stay in their current role for more money.
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