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Demand for Olympic jobs soars as Britons look to cash in on the 2012 Games

Demand for Olympic jobs soars as Britons look to cash in on the 2012 Games

Demand for Olympic jobs has risen by 300% in recent weeks as Britons look to be part of the 2012 Games and boost their earnings along the way, according to job search engine Adzuna.co.uk. The average salary for jobs at the 2012 Olympics games is &pound27,248, 13% higher than the national average salary of &pound24,180.

- Security Guards, Construction workers and IT professionals look set to cash in most during the Games with average salaries on Adzuna for Olympic roles some 30% over the national average for their professions.

- In contrast, 70,000 volunteers (known as & lsquo;Games Makers’) will work at the Olympics without pay for a month in crowd management, ticketing and event administration. Training has already started for Games Makers, who also have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

- At an eye watering base salary of &pound479,873 per annum, Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee, has probably the best paid Olympic job of all.  He is only one of many organising executives with Olympian salaries. Private Emergency Medics and Sports Solicitors also look set to & lsquo;take home the Gold’ this summer with current vacancies on Adzuna advertising rates of &pound100k

- Lower paid workers also look set to benefit from the Games, with the 2012 Olympic Committee guaranteeing all jobs advertised to be & lsquo;Living Wage’ jobs at a minimum of &pound8.30 per hour, compared with the National Minimum Wage of &pound6.08

- G4S Security, McDonalds and the London 2012 Organising Committee top the list of Olympics employers, recruiting over 10,000 staff.

- Those looking for weird and wonderful jobs at the Olympics this summer should consider applying to be & lsquo;Mass Movement Choreographers’ at the Opening and Closing ceremonies or & lsquo;Heads of Streetpride’ in town and cities around Britain.

     

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, commented, “It’s no surprise that so many people are looking to get involved in the 2012 Olympics. With over 100,000 people being paid to work on the Games this summer, new jobs are being created left, right and centre all across London and the UK - although clearly some are cashing in more than others.”

Top Olympic Salaries vs. National Average

 

Job Title

Olympics Salary

National Average

% Difference

IT Professionals

&pound55,000

&pound40,403

36%

Translators

&pound42,302

&pound32,010

32%

Media Officers

&pound36,025

&pound28,165

28%

Security Guard

&pound26,039

&pound18,819

38%

Bar Staff

&pound25,250

&pound20,736

22%

 

 Best Paid Olympics Executives

 

Name

Job Title

Base Salary

Paul Deighton

LOCOG Chief Executive

&pound479,873* - Gold medal

Sebastian Coe

LOCOG Chairman

&pound357,000* - Silver medal

Dennis Hone

ODA Chief Executive

&pound274,000** - Bronze medal

Neil Wood

LOCOG Chief Financial Officer

&pound260,000*

John Armitt

ODA Chairman

&pound250,000

Alison Nimmo

Director of Design and Regeneration

&pound228,000**

Hugh Sumner

ODA Director of Transport

&pound228,000**

Simon Wright

ODA Director of Infrastructure

&pound228,000**

Ralph Luck

ODA Director of Property

&pound203,000**

David Goldstone

GOE Finance Director

&pound185-190,000***

Jonathan Stephens

DCMS Permanent Secretary

&pound155-160,000***

Liz Nicholl

UK Sport Chief Executive

&pound115-120,000****

 

* For 2010-11 financial year. Source LOCOG Annual Report & Accounts 2010-11

** For 2010-11 financial year. Source ODA Annual Report & Accounts 2010-11

*** Salary band for financial year 2009-10. Source: DCMS Resource Accounts 2009-10

**** Salary band for financial year 2010 -11. Source: UK Sport Annual Report & Accounts 2010-11.

 

Top Olympics Employers

 

Company

Avg. Salary

NHS

&pound35,012

Department of Transport

&pound29,572

G4S Security

&pound23,256

LOCOG

&pound20,239

McDonalds

&pound17,000

 

 Best Paid Current Olympic Job Openings

 

Job Title

Pay (Per Day)

Locum Consultant In Emergency Medicine

&pound397

Commercial Sports Solicitor

&pound357

Commercial Finance (Broadcast)

&pound317

Contract Construction Site Manager

&pound310

IT Network Engineer

&pound300

 

Worst Paying Olympic Jobs

 

Job Title

Pay

Silver Service Waiters/Waitresses

&pound6.50 per hour

Venue Cleaners

&pound7.60-&pound8.30

Olympics Drivers

&pound8.30 per hour

Kitchen Porters

&pound8.50 per hour

Bar Staff

&pound7 per hour

 

Most Interesting Olympic Jobs

 

Job Title

Pay

Mass Movement Choreographer

&pound40-70,000

Head of Streetpride & Greenspace

&pound53,231 - &pound58,837

Field of Play Group Leader (Wheelchair Fencing)

TBD

Olympic Accreditations & Uniforms Officer

&pound13.33 - &pound16.92 per hour

VIP Chaffeurs

&pound9 per hour

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