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Olympic Games 2012: Employment

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what percentage of construction workers employed at the Olympic Park are (a) UK, (b) other EU and (c) non-EU nationals. (285109)

The latest available nationality data provide a snap shot of the contracted work force at the end of October 2008, and were published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in December 2008. These data showed that of the 3,046 people employed on the Olympic Park at that time:

(a) 63 per cent. were British

(b) 86 per cent. were EU nationals and

(c) 14 per cent. non-EU nationals.

The ODA works closely with the UK Border Agency to ensure that all workers on the site are legally entitled to work in the UK.

The work force reflects both the diversity of London and the five host boroughs. The GLA 2006 annual population survey (published 2008) found that the percentages of five host borough residents born outside of the UK were: Newham 44 per cent; Tower Hamlet 39 per cent; Hackney 37 per cent; Waltham Forest 29 per cent; Greenwich 22 per cent. A whole range of measures has been put in place by the ODA and its partners to ensure local people are well placed to benefit from employment and training on the Olympic site including 48 hours exclusive access to vacancies through local job brokerage services.