With the 2012 London Olympics now over, and the Paralympics due to begin soon, some job boards are now able to measure the effect of the games on the jobs market. Specialist IT recruitment site CWJobs.co.uk has reported how the Olympics has particularly helped to boost the IT sector.
The data from CWJobs found that demand for IT contractors increased by 3% in the second quarter of 2012, which they say is “likely” to have been generated because of an increased need for extra staff at the Olympics. The report also found that 90% of contract vacancies were in the south of England, which although is usually a popular area for IT jobs, is also in close proximity to the games venue.
Richard Nott, director of CWJobs, described the pivotal part IT contractors have played in this summer’s games, saying that the roles of specialist IT workers in delivering the games should not go unnoticed. He continued; “A significant number will have been recruited just to work on the opening ceremony, for example, and that’s before you take into consideration those extra hands needed for traffic management systems and broadcasting images and videos of the athletes in action.”
Meanwhile, security firm G4S have confirmed that PricewaterhouseCoopers are to investigate the problems the firm had in supplying security staff to the Olympic Games. The G4S group came under much criticism for failing to supply thousands of temporary staff to work at the games, which resulted in the army having to draft more than 18,000 personnel in to assist the operation.
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