Streets of London paved with Gold?

Updated: October 19, 2011

Tough times for all these days whether we live in Ireland or in Great Britain but an opportunity exists for Irish unemployed and Students who may be interested in paid work for London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is urging people to consider, research and apply for one of the tens of thousands of job opportunities that will become available between now and Games time and not to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the London 2012 team.

• More information and opportunities available on
• Opportunities for students available at and
• Contractor opportunities available with Host Borough job brokerages, Job Centre Plus and

To ensure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a success, a huge workforce of people will be needed. By Games time, London 2012 will have a workforce of around 6,000 paid staff, up to 70,000 volunteers and around 100,000 paid contractors.

Tens of thousands of contractor opportunities and around 4,000 roles with LOCOG will become available over the next few months. A large percentage of the roles will be short-term opportunities starting from April 2012 and lasting the duration of the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games or both. The London 2012 Ceremonies company will also have around 350 jobs available.

There will be plenty of opportunities for students who want to take advantage of the unique opportunity to get a job at an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Summer Jobs of a Lifetime website, run by London 2012 official recruitment services provider Adecco, and supported by Podium – the Further and Higher Education Unit for the 2012 Games, will be an important recruitment channel for London 2012’s contractors and allows students to register their interest in working on the Games.

A wide variety of new jobs are also being created by London 2012 sponsors, suppliers and other businesses who are seeking additional staff as a result of London 2012.

Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG said: ‘Without the tens of thousands of people working on the London 2012 Games, they simply wouldn’t happen. If someone wants to be able to say that they played a part in making London 2012 a success, then this is their opportunity. There is a role out there for everyone and I would urge everyone to keep an eye on our website and start applying for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.’

Hugh Robertson, Minister for the Olympics said: ‘This is chance for thousands of people to play their part in a little bit of history. It will be an excellent addition to anyone’s CV and a unique opportunity to do something fulfilling, exciting and fun.’

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘The Games must be a catalyst for transforming the skills and jobs prospects of Londoners and I urge people to get online and check out the thousands of opportunities that will be on offer next year. Whether it’s a paid job or a volunteer role as part of our ever expanding Team London initiative, there are countless ways to get involved, boost your skills and help make the Games a resounding success.’

If you are a SportsNewsIreland reader already in London and looking for employment, here is what Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of Greenwich Council and lead on employment and skills for the six Host Boroughs said: ‘The London 2012 Games is creating thousands of jobs and the host boroughs are working hard to make sure that local people looking for employment opportunities can access these. For many of the roles you don’t need qualifications or previous experience, so it’s an opportunity for anyone to be involved.

‘The host boroughs’ jobs brokerage schemes have a unique record of success in placing local people into new jobs. They will be working with LOCOG to ensure that their residents benefit from this opportunity and that many of the thousands of roles available are filled by local residents.’

To help ensure everyone, regardless of ability and background, can be involved with London 2012, there will jobs available at all levels which will cater for a wide range of skills and talent. LOCOG is also committed to ensuring that 15-20% of its workforce comes from the six Host Boroughs and is working closely with job brokerages and Job Centre Plus to ensure as many people in those communities are aware of opportunities with London 2012. LOCOG also wants to recruit the most diverse and inclusive team possible with a workforce representing all six diversity strands

Jobs with LOCOG will be available in areas such as customer service, hospitality, operations, help desk, facilities management and administration. The opportunities with contractors will be in areas including Catering, Cleaning, Security, Transport, Event Stewarding and Retail. London 2012 Ceremonies will be looking for people to join various teams, from costume to stage management.

New roles for LOCOG and London 2012 Ceremonies are being added every day and those who want to find out more should look at the website.

Opportunities with contractors will be advertised in job brokerages and Job Centre Plus branches across London and the rest of the UK. Contractor opportunities will also be on the Jobs for the Games website, run by Adecco. Many London 2012 contractors will also be hiring through their own recruitment channels.

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Be sure though that if you apply and you do succeed you plan your stay in the British capital properly, take out adequate travel insurance for the full length of your stay. Whilst medical treatment MAY be FREE under the auspices of the N.H.S (via the EC EHIC card system remember that if you were taken ill or seriously injured repatriation costs can exceed £5,000 for an air ambulance back to some parts of Ireland as most if not all of the scheduled service carriers do not accept stretcher cases even in serious cases.

Yes some excellent possibilities here though perhaps one should heed the warning s of Roscommon’s Percy French in his 1896 – ‘Mountains of Mourne’ ……

“The Mountains of Mourne”
by Percy French (1896)

Oh, Mary, this London’s a wonderful sight,
With people all working by day and by night.
Sure they don’t sow potatoes, nor barley, nor wheat,
But there’s gangs of them digging for gold in the street.
At least when I asked them that’s what I was told,
So I just took a hand at this digging for gold,
But for all that I found there I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.”

So yes there are still many many vacancies left for what promises to be the ‘greatest’ ever Olympics but be sure that you apply in time, sort out your finances, insurance etc well in advance for with the current economic situation in United Kingdom also under threat certainly you won’t find much “gold in the street” if you are not properly prepared for life in ‘ London Town’. Good Luck in your endeavours to find a position for London 2012.

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