Construction skills body predicts 33,500 jobs needed for Olympics projects

The sector skills council for construction has estimated that the 2012 Olympics in London will create 33,500 additional jobs for the sector in the next seven years, with civil engineering and a range of specialist skills in particularly high demand.

The forecast by ConstructionSkills is based on construction work directly attributable to the games.

It indicates that the number of workers needed to complete Olympic construction projects will peak at 7,500 in 2010 and includes a range of specialist skilled workers who will be required to build the complex mix of stadia, infrastructure and residential developments.

The forecast of 33,500 broadly breaks down as 6,500 managerial or administrative roles, 2,800 professionals such as architects and surveyors, and 24,000 trade or craft roles.

Sheila Hoile, skills strategy director at CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “We believe that this analysis is the most accurate and realistic forecast available at this stage of planning. Building the Olympics needs to be seen in the wider context of the current massive demand on the UK construction industry.

“In the wider South East and greater London alone there is £34bn worth of projects of more than £100m each in the pipeline. This is in addition to the existing greater London construction industry with an annual value of approximately £12bn. So the Olympics represents a huge construction programme with the work involved accounting for nearly 10% of the total picture in these regions.

“With major projects currently on site such as Heathrow Terminal 5, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Wembley, Britain is well-equipped for the task ahead. However, the years 2008-2010 are critical for London, with the number of workers on site at any one time in the South East area expected to peak in 2010. Good workflow management and effective leadership are vital to long-term success,” she added.

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