Shane McLave, General Manager of Excel Recruitment, shares the findings of our company’s recent survey of salary scales in the four star hotel sector.
Overseas visitors to Ireland, as reported by Fáilte Ireland, grew to 7.9 million for 2015, which represents 11% growth on 2014. Record breaking occupancy levels for Dublin and Galway were reported in 2015 and more than 60 hotel properties, with a total value of more than €700m, changed hands in Ireland during 2015. These are just some of the statistics that reflect the positive outlook for the Irish hospitality industry. It also means that demand for a pool of quality potential employees has never been higher. This is good news for recruitment agency Excel Recruitment but the findings of their recent survey of salary scales in the four star hotel sector reveals some worrying trends about the way in which staff shortages are being addressed and the relationship between salary scales and chef shortages in particular.
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Kantar Worldwide have released figures for the 12 weeks ending 11th September 2016. Dunnes Stores have seen notable growth and are now Ireland’s second favourite Supermarket, a feat they share with Tesco as they both lie in joint second. SuperValu remain top and command a current market share of 22.4%, the third consecutive month where growth has been above 3% for the Irish retailer.
Dunnes Stores increased sales by 6.3% to draw level with Tesco.
Dunnes and Tesco now account for 21.6% each of the Irish grocery market.
Sales within Grocery continue to grow, up 3.7% year on year during the past 12 weeks.
Lidl’s market share now stands at 11.7% – in line with last year – while sales increased by 4.5%
Sales growth for Aldi continues to improve, with market share increasing from 11.2% last year to 11.4%.
Director of Kantar Worldwide David Berry expanded on the figures saying “Larger trips have boosted sales for Dunnes, with the average spend increasing by €2.50 to €37.20 in the latest quarter, compared with the same time last year. Dunnes has successfully tempted shoppers to add more expensive items to their baskets, with the average price per item rising to €2.05 – an increase of 12% on last year.”
American doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is headed to Ireland. British real estate agent Morgan Williams is scouting potential sites in Dublin. It is believed it will comprise of a production unit and a café titles the ‘Hotlight Factory Store’.
Expansion into Ireland has been cited as a ‘priority’ and preliminary discussions have taken place with potential landlords. Krispy Kreme currently have over 1,100 outlets in over 26 countries worldwide.
Krispy Kreme in Ireland
Seeking a building of 4,700 sq. ft unit accommodating a drive thru and 60+ parking spaces.
Investment would be in excess of €1.5 million and employ 50+
Once established, it’s believed Krispy Kreme would consider smaller format stores located at airports, train stations or in a city centre unit. Potential sites for the factory and café unit are believed to be near Liffey Valley and Blachardstown Shopping Centres.