Work From Home Temp Staff? Yes, it’s a thing

Divisional Manager Ciara Connolly, who oversees our accounting, finance and office support divisions discusses how hiring remote working temps can work for your business.

Remote working and work from home. Two phrases we’ve all become MORE than aware of over the last year. Flexible working has gained momentum in recent years, with employers exploring the concept with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Covid has meant any caution was forced out the window. Employers have had to pivot rapidly to, in many cases, a fully remote workforce.

Covid has been the catalyst for this but it won’t be the end. Working from home looks set to stick around long after the crisis ends. Surveys since the beginning of lockdown consistently show most workers have seen the pluses of working from home. Most now want a mix of office and remote working to remain after the crisis ends. Employers too are seeing how workable this can be.

Being open to staff working remotely or flexibly has great benefits to companies. By removing the commute, you instantly have access to a much broader pool of candidates that may have been excluded previously. Substantial research shows employees see flexibility as a key part of their benefits package and those that have it already in their role are much less likely to look for other employment.

The future of temp

So, while a (somewhat) remote working internal team is here to stay, a common misconception I hear all the time is ‘this couldn’t work for temporary staff.’ Of course it can!

Here in Excel Recruitment, we provide remote temporary and office support staff to business nationwide and have been since the beginning of this crisis. It is the ideal solution in the current climate, whether you need a temp to cover absences for a day or 2, need extra manpower for a project, have a gap you need covered for an extended period or want to trial someone before committing to a permanent hire.

If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s that many more tasks can be carried out remotely than previosly expected. Our temps have the experience to start straight away to assist your business. With much of the market at the mercy of government lockdowns and the wider global situation, hiring remote working temps is an ideal solution for employers right now. It gives employers the freedom to scale staff levels up and down as required, commitment-free and at short notice.

We have a pool of temporary candidates fully screened, registered and ready to go. All are set up for remote working with the technology required to start immediately. Our consultants are experienced in onboarding remote temps to your workforce so can guide you through the process.

Temporary workers could be vital for your organisation over the next few months as lockdown restrictions ease, providing you with an accessible source of support either in the office remotely.

Contact Ciara Connolly, Divisional Manager on 045 397142 or email to discuss your temporary staffing needs in administration, accounting, finance and customer support.



Why become a Locum Pharmacist with Excel Recruitment

Think working as a locum Pharmacist isn’t for you? From 1 or 2 days of cover to longer-term bookings, locum work is as diverse a career as our pharmacists and clients are. Being a locum pharmacist means whatever you want it to mean for you and your life. Still not convinced? Our Pharmacy consultant Barbara Kelly tells us just why a Locum career with Excel Recruitment should be your next step….

Weekly pay
The major difference in locuming with Excel compared to with others? Weekly pay. Our vast experience providing temporary staff in all sectors means we manage the logistics and admin of getting you paid for your hard work seamlessly. Rather than waiting and having to keep track of all your hours over the month yourself, with Excel you get paid for your shifts the following week.

Being a locum gives you back control over your career and working life. In Excel, you work with our consultants, letting them know where and when you want to work, what you enjoy – and what you don’t. All while letting them take care of the details to get you working. Rates and working hours are agreed before you start any shifts, which means you choose the pharmacies that suit you best, can plan your work around other life commitments or take last-minute shifts, only if and when they suit.


As we said earlier, as an Excel locum pharmacist you choose what your work life and your schedule look like. Work patterns can vary as much or as little as you want, and most importantly is this is never set in stone. Want to work full-time this month and then only weekends next month? Have a young family or studying for a masters or PhD? As long as you communicate what you’re looking for with your consultant, you can work as much as you want, in whatever schedule suits your personal/ home life and take as many holidays as you wish!


A common misconception about locum work is that there is no time to grow your knowledge. The opposite is true. The knowledge and experience you gain as a locum is something you can’t get anywhere else. Working as a locum means, you can work in such a wide variety of different location and be exposed to different environments, customer profiles, ailments, team environments and management styles. Experiencing such a variety can come in really handy experience when making future career choices and it also allows you to better network and make connections. Above all, stepping outside what you’re used to, lets you become a more rounded and ultimately, better pharmacist.

If you have any Pharmacy recruitment requirements or are a Pharmacy professional considering a new job, get in touch with Barbara today at or call 01-8148747. View our live Pharmacist jobs here


Keeping Your Goals on Track

Setting realistic objectives and keeping your goals on track throughout your career is vital to achieving meaningful progress in any industry. CEO of Excel Recruitment Barry Whelan discusses…

If you have a career, you should have a career goal. Career goals are a great way to keep you focused and on track to achieve your full potential and personal ambitions.

So what is a career goal?

Career goals are the set of steps along the career ladder of your chosen profession that take you through the journey of your career. Like any journey, there is a start, a finish and stops along the way. Career goals are simply markers that keep you focused and make sure that you are going in the right direction and if not, help identify the issue and how to get back on track. Every employee or jobseeker should define their career goals clearly. It helps you pinpoint effective action plans and to keep focused on the direction of your career.

How to set career goals

Career goal setting is an easy process. Think of them as a set of targets best split between short-term targets and long-term. Take for example, that you decided at the age of 18 that you want to be the sales manager of a large company. Your career goal is set, now you need to follow the steps to get to that position. Your targets can then be focused on: you may need a strong Leaving Cert, then to complete a good business degree before joining the workforce in a junior sales role, whilst supplementing your education with a post-grad which may then help facilitate a move to a larger sales organisation in a role that allows for progression to the level you are looking to reach.

These are short-term and long-term career goals. The teenager’s long term goal is to become the manager of a company. To get there, he needs to achieve his short-term goals, which include passing his school and college exams, gaining experience by working for a related company and boosting his experience and skills through further studies. Short-term goals are those that can be achieved within six months to three years. It may take three to five years or more to achieve long-term goals. Defining your career goals is just half the battle. You must then do the work to accomplish the goals you have set. If you don’t map out your goals properly, it will be harder to achieve them. When setting career goals, try this twist on ‘SMART’ goal setting! Instead of the usual: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound, today we are opting for:


What does career success mean to you? What is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to be a CEO or to achieve financial freedom or do you want a job that affords you the best possible work/ life balance? Everyone is different. Be specific.


Time-bind your career goals. This is the best way to keep them on track. For instance, if it takes four years to complete your degree, four years is your goal. Once you can attain the short-term goals within the set timeframe, you are on the right path to achieving your ultimate goal.

Avoid negativity

A goal must be something that an individual wants rather than something they want to avoid. Don’t focus on leaving a particular job or position within the next five years. Instead, aim for where you want to be and plan what you can do to get there.


While a career goal should be a challenge, it must also be something you can achieve.

Tie actions to each goal

For each set goal, a person needs to take certain measures to achieve it. List each goal and the different activities that are needed to achieve that goal to make achieving it easier.