Excel Recruitment has launched a recruitment drive to hire over 300 staff to work at events taking place this summer.

The events will be held at locations right across the country, including Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Punchestown Racecourse, St Anne’s Park and Fairview Park.

According to Excel Recruitment, demand for staff is at an all time high – with vacancy levels increasing by more than 25% on pre-pandemic levels.

“Summer 2022 promises to be a busy, fun-filled and exciting year for Ireland in terms of the sheer volume of events planned throughout the summer,” said Shane McLave, Director, of Excel Recruitment.


“We’ve seen a large increase in mortgage switchers availing of this. We expect continued growth here, as anyone who built a house in the past 10 years or so, or who has renovated their home over the last 10 years, as well as anyone who has bought a new home in the past 10 years should qualify for this rate,” he said.

Green mortgages are being offered by most lenders now and they are certainly worth considering according to the Chairperson of the Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors, Trevor Grant. He said that those who will mainly benefit are homeowners who buy a more energy-efficient home or those who are seeking to improve the energy efficiency and BER of their current home.


More than 4 in 10 businesses have seen evidence of greenwashing by companies operating in Ireland, and a further 2 in 10 are uncertain in their ability to discern authentic green initiatives from mere greenwashing practices, according to a new survey released by the Compliance Institute.

Speaking of the findings, Michael Kavanagh, CEO of the Compliance Institute,

“Our survey attests to a high level of greenwashing activity of varying degrees witnessed in the Irish marketplace, with 43% of respondents saying they have seen evidence of the practice by firms operating in Ireland – a strong observation gave that a further 23% weren’t clear on the difference between genuine green practices and greenwashing. Just 34% of those surveyed were confident that they hadn’t seen this in practice.”

80% of financial organisations in Ireland are expecting widespread reluctance towards returning to the office workplace, according to a survey from the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI)

The survey reveals that a mix of wariness over public health and an overall sense of contentment with working from home will be among the reasons for a hesitant return.


“The results have highlighted a demand amongst respondents for guidance on how employers collect and process their employee’s vaccination information – or indeed, if they do so at all,” said Michael Kavanagh, chief executive of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, which carried out the survey.

He said there was a sense of urgency about the issue, with close to half of respondents agreeing that guidance should be issued as soon as possible, with a further 42 per cent suggesting it is required over summer.


“For every ten people who were aged 60 or older when we first launched in Ireland back in 2006, there are now fifteen,” Derek Handley, Director, Spry Finance, says. “The family home remains the single biggest asset most of this age group have, and a Lifetime Loan allows them to release some of the value tied up in that home, without having to sell or move out of it.” Year-to-date (to May 12) the CCPC noted a 21% increase in page views to their consumer information on equity release at ccpc.ie when compared to the same period in 2020, but says careful assessment needs to be done before committing to such a loan.


“If you were considering switching provider, two of the lenders you’d have considered were Ulster Bank and KBC Bank, as they were generally offering cheaper rates than most of the other providers and also contributed to switching costs,” says Trevor Grant, chairman of the Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors.


Drawing down equity from the value of your home is another option, but only Seniors Money/Spry Finance is offering this borrowing facility, and only for homeowners aged over 60.

The percentage size of the loan you can borrow is age-based; the capital and fixed rate interest at 5.5pc is not paid during your lifetime unless the property is sold or left uninhabited for a period of time. The smallest loan is €20,000.

A couple age 70 and 67, owners of a house worth €500,000, can borrow a maximum of €110,000. The longer you live, the greater the accumulated interest – though there is a no-negative equity guarantee.

“Today’s figures reflect the strong demand across Ireland’s property market, particularly from first-time buyers,” said Trevor Grant, chairperson of the Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors.

“ The slowdown in construction at the beginning of this year will compound the dearth of supply and intensify competition,” he said.


Almost three quarters of businesses in the financial services sector expect to see jobs growth this year, according to a new survey from the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland (ACOI).

The survey of 250 organisations, answered by ACOI members with responsibility for compliance in financial organisations throughout the country, revealed that as much as 74% of businesses believe the sector will see notable recruitment.

That figure is up from 64% when the same survey was undertaken by the ACOI in September 2020.