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Olympics boost eases jobs gloom

by LLB Editor
14th Oct 11 9:32 am

Olympic organisers have urged people to think about applying to work in the 2012 Games team.

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) advised people to begin thinking about the kind of roles which could be available ahead of next year’s event.

When the Games get under way some 6,000 people will be earning a wage courtesy of London 2012. The paid staff will be joined by as many as 70,000 volunteers and 100,000 contractors.

In between now and April LOCOG has said that 4,000 jobs will become available, with opportunities for tens of thousands of contractors to get involved.

Around 350 positions will also be made available by London 2012 Ceremonies as it looks to find the best in costume, stage management and other roles central to the smooth running of the production of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Paul Deighton, chief executive of LOCOG, said: “Without the tens of thousands of people working on the London 2012 Games, they simply wouldn’t happen. If someone wants to be able to say that they played a part in making London 2012 a success, then this is their opportunity.”

He advised potential jobseekers to keep their eyes peeled for Olympic-related vacancies over the coming months, saying there is a “role out there for everyone”.

People thinking they need to be sporty for the roles have been advised to think again, as LOCOG says that jobs will be available at “all levels”.

The organisation said the jobs will cover a diverse skills range in a bid to get the best people involved in London 2012.

But it’s not just LOCOG taking on staff in Olympic-related positions, with sponsors and suppliers among the many other firms and organisations looking to boost their numbers ahead of the games.

The announcement comes after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that unemployment in London increased by 28,000 in the three months to August.

The statistics showed that between June and August some 425,000 people were unemployed in the capital.

Northumberland Park, in Tottenham, was hit hardest by unemployment during the period. Some 29 per cent of people there are out of work, according to the figures.

Keith Flett, chairman of Haringey Trades Union Council, said: “After the riot on August 6 Tottenham was awash with senior politicians and indeed the numbers of job vacancies did rise a little.

“Now however it looks like the area has been forgotten again. These figures are grim by any standards.

“Urgent action is needed to avoid the creation of a ‘no hope’ society in Tottenham.”

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