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Employment and skills for the 2012 Games: Research and evidence

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Challenges for London;

Hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games presents five key challenges in the arena of skills and employment:

  • getting the facilities built to plan;
  • making the Games themselves a triumph;
  • showcasing and enhancing the reputation of London;
  • creating opportunities for local people and for others with low labour market participation rates;
  • leaving London with a legacy of higher-skilled jobs for better skilled people.

Games-related employment generation

We estimate that the Games will generate:

  • 60,000 person years of employment in construction; or around 5,000 person years of employment in construction, each year between now [2006] and 2012, equating to 35,500 person years of construction employment in total; around 11,000 additional person years of construction and other employment due to the multiplier effect; a further 15,000 person years of construction employment after the Games due to the planned legacy work;
  • 30,000 jobs in staging the Games;around 3,000 staff employed directly by LOCOG; around 27,000 temporary staff contracted by LOCOG;
  • 6,700 jobs in showcasing London; around 6,700 service jobs in retail, hotels and restaurants, transport and entertainment.
  • up to 70,000 volunteer positions.

We draw a clear distinction between “person years of employment” and “jobs” – a person-year is the equivalent of one person employed for a full year. This is particularly important in the construction industry in which people are not necessarily employed in the same job year-round. A job is the regular work that a person does to earn money, and may last a very long or short period of time, predominantly the latter in the case of the 2012 Games.



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Editor's comments - [  The authors suggest that this research should provide a platform for the Learning and skills council and the London development agency and their partners to build on in their planning for the Games. They have drawn on a literature review of the previous four Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, and also the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Experian. (2006). Employment and skills for the 2012 Games: Research and evidence. London: LSC


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