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Temporary workers are going for gold as salaries rocket by 35% over the Olympics

Temporary workers are going for gold as salaries rocket by 35% over the Olympics

Temporary workers are seeing a 35% increase in salaries over the Olympic period, according to recruitment specialists Berkeley Scott. 

For example, a kitchen porter employed on a temporary basis would usually earn &pound6.08 per hour, but during the Games that is set to increase to &pound8.30 per hour.  Based on an average 40 hour week a kitchen porter would generally earn &pound243.20 per week.  However, over the games that will rise to &pound332.

Berkeley Scott says the increase is because LOCOG sites are paying temporary workers the London Living Wage, which has pushed other brands and employers into paying similar amounts.  The London Living Wage is a scheme that sees lower grades of staff earn more money per hour than required by the National Minimum wage.

Mike Gardner, Operations Manager at Berkeley Scott, said: “It is great that LOCOG sites have adopted the London Living Wage and are paying temporary workers this higher rate of pay.  That has had the knock-on effect of pushing other brands and employers involved with the Olympic Games into altering their pay structures.”

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