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Olympic Games 2012: Employment

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how many of the construction workers at the Olympic Park who are classified as local residents had lived in the area for less than (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) one year prior to their employment at the Olympic Park; (285107)

(2) what criteria are used to classify construction workers wishing to obtain employment at the Olympic Park as local residents.

Only workers who give a permanent address in one of the five host boroughs are counted as local. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has adopted the definition used by HM Revenue and Customs and other public authorities which deems a person to be resident in an area from the day they move to a permanent and specific address. As there is no minimum period of residence required for a person to be classified as being a resident, the ODA does not report on this information.

Each worker on the Olympic Park must provide a recognised permanent address. As part of this process UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff work on site with the ODA and contractors to ensure that people employed on the Olympic Park are legally entitled to do so. UKBA have been on the site performing this role since April 2008.

The Government and the ODA are committed to creating a jobs and skills legacy for London and the UK from the London 2012 games. A whole range of measures has been put in place to ensure local people are well placed to benefit from employment and training on the Olympic site including being given 48 hours exclusive access to job vacancies through local brokerage services.