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Only half of Olympic Park construction workers live in London

13 Oct 10 Barely half of the workers employed at the Olympic Park on the 2012 Games construction programme live in London.

Barely half of the workers employed at the Olympic Park on the 2012 Games construction programme live in London.

The latest employment figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that, of the current 6,243-strong workforce in the park, just one in five (21%) are resident in the five host boroughs and only 54% live in London.

Of the 4,090 workers in the Athletes' Village, one in four are host borough residents and 64% live in London.

In total, more than 10,000 people are now employed on the London Olympic Park and Athletes Village, as the ‘big build’ approaches its peak.

The ODA’s ‘Job, Skills, Futures’ targets include delivering an Olympic Park construction workforce made up of at least 15% of residents of the five Host Boroughs.

The Olympics construction programme has provided 3,166 training places through the National Skills Academy for Construction, including the Plant Training Centre and Thames House Training Centre in Newham, which were set up to provide training and work opportunities.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The Olympic Park and Village "big build" are on track thanks to the hard work of everyone on the site. In a tough time for the construction industry we are providing jobs for more than 10,000 workers and meeting our commitments to safety, training and employing local people and apprentices.”

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