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Olympic Games help to boost UK employment

Written by Kimberley Startup | July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

The London 2012 Olympic Games have been creating a tangible sense of excitement across the country over the past few weeks, but it seems the Games are doing more than just inspire patriotism, they are helping to boost UK employment, as online recruitment firm webrecruit ( explains.

Staff recruitment drives in the run-up to the Olympic Games has helped to push down unemployment in the UK. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the number of people without a job has fallen for the fourth consecutive month and the Games have a significant part to play. The number of jobless fell by 65,000 in the three months to May of this year, reaching the lowest total figure – 2.58 million – for over a year. May figures showed that 8.1 per cent of the British workforce was unemployed, which was 0.1 per cent down on the previous month.

The ONS stated that growth was evident in recruiting staff for the Games, particularly in and around London. Employment minister Chris Grayling, speaking to Sky News, said, “A big event like the Olympic Games is bound to have an economic impact. It is bound to see the creation of more jobs. I hope the Games will make a lasting contribution economically by boosting activity now that has a ripple effect in the months ahead. In almost every part of the UK we have seen an increase in people in work over the last quarter. It is not just a London and south east issue.”

Nor is it just an increase in part-time summer jobs. While some recruitment agencies are witnessing an increase in these type of vacancies, the ONS reveals that the number of full-time workers increased by 133,000 in the three months to May. In addition to the 100,000 plus temporary workers being recruited to act as security guards, cleaners, bar staff and marshalls, various wider sectors are reporting positive knock-on effects of the London Olympics. For instance, the IT industry saw the creation of 5,000 IT and telecoms jobs related to the Games.

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2 thoughts on “Olympic Games help to boost UK employment

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  2. Gordon Cowan on Reply

    Having the Olympics in London has really boosted recruitment in London which is great. It’s a shame that due to the street closures etc in London this has slowed retail revenue for establishments in the City Center which as we all know will redeem itself as soon as the Games are over. You mentioned that IT had taken ‘knock on effects’ due to the Olympics. This is great news as i believe the IT industry could be very prosperous, more so than it currently is. The IT jobs industry in Scotland has been steadily increasing over the past three years. Events such as the Olympics and the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will do wonders for creating new jobs so the more large scale events Britain can create and host the better.

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