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Gold Group Competition winner and survey results

Gold Group Competition winner and survey results

During the month of July we had a competition to win a pair of tickets to watch the GB Hockey Team compete at the London Olympics on the 04th August. In case you didn’t already know, Hockey is the sport in which our company Chairman, Richard Leman, won a Gold Medal in 1988 - he also ran in the Olympic Torch Relay for 2012.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the competition was Lucy Pallat of GlaxoSmithKline. Lucy was drawn out of the hat after completing our survey. Lucy reports that she had a great day and we will bring you a bit more about that later in the week!

The Olympic Survey that Lucy completed was sent out to our clients and over 300 responded. The aim was to see how Hiring Managers across all of our niches had been affected by the Olympics and to get their thoughts on the event as a whole.

A staggering 82% of respondents felt that the Olympics have had a positive effect on the UK jobs market (with only 1% feeling a negative effect and 15% feeling it had made no difference). Most commented that construction, infrastructure, hospitality, security and media were the markets that had seen the most benefit.

In regard to the legacy that may be left by the Olympics, 51% of our respondents felt that there would be a positive effect (with 22% saying there would not be a positive legacy). Feelings were mixed about what legacy may be left by The Games – many commented that there could be a legacy left in some environments that relate to sport, such as construction within that sector, or with decommissioning projects from the end of the games and Facilities Management in regard to new facilities that have been created.

Of our niches, those affected by The Games included Planning, Built Environment, Highways, ME & FM and, to some extent, IT. Those not affected include Engineering, Safety, Pharmaceutical and Claims – these markets all reported some less tangible effects such as travel disruption, but nothing that effects their daily business.

46% of respondents said aspects of their business would be adversely affected by the Olympics - a small number of completely London based businesses said their entire operation would be affected. This effect seemed to be caused predominantly by the freezing of projects during the run up to the event itself.

And finally, recruitment. 86% of respondents said that the Olympics had not affected when they recruit. Only 18 respondents said they were affected, with half recruiting for requirements prior to the Olympics and half recruiting throughout The Games.

Only 7% of recipients have had to increase numbers of staff to cope with the Olympics, although this was predominantly in construction and highways where projects needed to be completed prior to the games.
6% reported that they had to decrease staff – this is primarily because work has dried up now that the games are on and will soon be over.

In summary, most of our respondents felt that the Olympics were a very positive affair for the UK. Many commented on its worth for the countries general well-being and its public image, with many more commenting on the positive effect of increased tourism and spend on the economy. Feelings were mixed about the legacy it could leave and one common concern throughout the respondents was & lsquo;what will those employed by The Games do upon its conclusion?’.

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