LOCOG to create 30,000 new jobs through its supply chain

21 October 2011

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23 October 2011 | Adam Leach

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will create 30,000 new jobs within its supply chain to carry out the work for London 2012.

In total, LOCOG expects to have a contractor workforce of 100,000, with 30,000 new positions created with its suppliers. LOCOG is intent on maximising the benefits of the games for the boroughs around next summer’s event, and hope that around a third of these new positions will go to local residents.

The jobs will be spread across a wide range of services set up for the Games, including cleaning, security, stewarding and transport, such as drivers for the temporary 2012 buses.

Paul Deighton, chief executive officer of LOCOG, told the London Assembly last week that the new roles are part of a wider scaling up of the organisation in preparation for next year. “For the next nine months, getting ready is our big task, there is still a massive, massive amount to be done and the operational side is our big challenge,” he said.

Earlier in the hearing, LOCOG chairman Lord Coe praised the “extraordinary” work carried out by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to complete the Olympic stadium, and added that LOCOG has now entered the “final stretch”.

Explaining that the torch has now passed from the ODA to LOCOG, he said: “The Olympic Delivery Authority have done an extraordinary job on the Olympic Park, but we still have the responsibility of turning the venues into sporting theatres and of course we are still in the construction stages.”

John Armitt, chairman of the ODA, explained the immovable deadline was key to success in delivering the infrastructure on time and under budget. He said: “I think it’s the way in which a deadline focuses peoples attention and the recognition by everybody of the necessity to make quick decisions.”

The ODA took home the overall award at the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2011

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