IPASS Conference 2014

The Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) recently hosted its 15th annual conference in Croke Park Dublin. IPASS is Ireland’s premier provider of Payroll and VAT training and certification. Elaine Doohan and Louise Feerick from Collins McNicholas Payroll Division, both IPASS members, were delighted to attend this informative event. This was a great opportunity to meet other delegates and listen to emerging trends and issues within the payroll sector as delivered by a number of the guest speakers. The speakers included Brian Hayes T.D. Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the OPW, Brian Merriman Employment Equality Authority, representatives from The Revenue Commissioners, representatives from The Department of Social Protection and The Central Statistics Office (CSO). A wide range of areas were covered such as Advanced PRSI issues, How to deal with employee absences due to sick leave, International Payroll – cross border workers, pensions, and IT in a payroll environment. Collins McNicholas’ Payroll Services Division provides a comprehensive payroll service to start-up companies and to SMEs. Our Payroll Services Division enables our clients to concentrate on their core business activities while Collins McNicholas provide some of the key support services. The Collins McNicholas Payroll Service involves running weekly, fortnightly and monthly payroll for our client’s staff, nationwide. For further information or discuss payroll services contact us at 071...

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Unemployment and Job Creation in Ireland: Prospects & Pitfalls

The Unemployment Rate The unemployment rate in Ireland currently stands at 12%, according to CSO figures for the first quarter of this year. This is a drop of 1.6% from the same period last year, and 3.1% down from the peak of 15.1% reached in February 2012. The unemployment rate has dropped steadily over the last two years thanks to an ambitious jobs growth strategy from the government and a slow, but consistent, improvement in the global economy. The recovery has been export led, with domestic demand still an issue that needs to be resolved. The recovery in job growth has also been concentrated in certain sectors, which have seen considerable job creation, while other sectors of the economy continue to languish behind. This lopsided recovery could partly explain the recent flattening out in the unemployment figures, as job creation has lost some momentum in recent months. The CSO released its revised figures for Q1 of 2014 which showed that employment growth was a meagre 0.1%, with 1,700 new jobs created. This compares with 16,300 jobs created in Q4 of 2013. Unemployment did fall from 12.2% to 12% in Q1, but this was less than the estimated 11.8% that was expected. It is crucial that the economy regains the momentum it showed throughout 2013 if we are to continue on our path to recovery. Job Creation The Government’s ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ has been the cornerstone of their job creation strategy. It crosses multiple state institutions and government departments, as well as educational institutions and industry groups. Efforts have rightly focused on the ‘smart’ economy, which has seen the...

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Localization World Conference, Dublin 2014

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of June, my colleague Aileen Lalor and I attended the Localization World Conference in The Convention Centre, Dublin. We were fortunate to have a stand in the main foyer as people gathered to enter the main exhibition and various seminar halls, this enabled us to network with the 600 plus attendees and get an understanding of the companies they worked for. Thursday morning started fantastically as we spoke with a number of highly influential people in the Localization industry. We had a coffee and in depth chat with Ulrich Henes (President, Localization World) who explained the general format of the conference and what he wanted to take away from it – it was extremely motivational to hear an expert in his field speaking with such passion about the industry. We thought the day couldn’t go any better until we attended the key note speech by Magnus Lindvist (Pattern Recognition). Magnus is regarded as one of the top 3 most influential people within the Localization and Change Management arena. His passion, enthusiasm and general charisma had the 600 plus audience hanging on his every word as he used layman’s terms language and metaphors to explain the current trends and patterns in business around the globe. I suppose the best way to describe his performance and speech would be a mix of razor sharp wit mixed with business savvy expertise. It was fitting that he received a standing ovation at the end and I would encourage anyone to jump at the opportunity to see him speak, as you will leave with a better understanding of business trends and...

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