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Olympic Games 2012: Employment

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what estimate she has made of the proportion of jobs relating to the 2012 Olympic games which will go to women; (204694)

(2) what steps her Department has taken to increase the proportion of women employed in jobs relating to the 2012 Olympic games.

As of May 2008 the percentage of women working for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), or their contractors, was 11.9 per cent. This figure includes all women involved in construction, management, administration, professional, consultant and design and also incorporates the small number of venues outside the Olympic Park. Going forward, the ODA in conjunction with the London Development Agency is establishing a “Women into Construction” project that will focus on supporting women working directly on the construction programme for the 2012 games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has a strong diversity and inclusion policy for the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers that covers gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age. This will be regularly monitored for its effectiveness, and builds on the prominence of diversity and equality as key components of London's bid for the games.

Five of the 11 members of LOCOG's Management Committee as published on its website are women.

LOCOG also requests equal opportunities policies from potential suppliers, which are also a requirement of CompeteFor (the online brokerage service by which companies register for contracts connected to the games).

As of May 2008 the percentage of women employed in the Government Olympic Executive is 37.5 per cent.