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2012 jobs 'overwhelmingly British'

More than three quarters of all construction workers currently involved in the Olympic 2012 development are British, according to official figures.

The number of British construction workers involved in the project has increased from 70% in October 2008 to just over three quarters, providing much-needed support to the UK construction sector during a year of enormous upheaval.

The remaining 24% of tradesmen are from within the EU, with 6% of Irish nationality, 3% Romanian, 2% Lithuanian, 2% Nepalese, 2% Indian and 1% Polish.

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt said: “The big build workforce is continuing to grow as we enter our toughest year. We are meeting our commitments to ensure employment and training opportunities for people living around the Olympic Park.

“The project remains on track and that is testament to the skill, professionalism and hard work of every single member of the workforce.

“The union learning centre by the Olympic Park site is another contribution towards the skills legacy that London 2012 is already creating in east London.”

Thousands more construction jobs are due to be created by the development later this year when the project hits its stride in time for the 2012 Games.

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  • According to "official" figures... I always liked that one. You might as well introduce a news item like this with "... and on Jackanory today..."

    According to the "official figures" it seems that "at least" 50% of the 1.5 million East European migrants who came to the UK have returned home. With 1 million of those migrant workers estimated to be Polish the inference is that 50% of Polish migrants have gone home. Yet the Polish bodies that watch such things say that the real figure is only a fraction of that.

    Who to believe? A foreign national body that has nothing to gain politically by reporting the actual figures but would dearly love to see it's nationals returning to boost its own economy or a government so desperate to circumvent the mostly non-existent spectre of racism and convince people the good times really are rolling that it will produce report after report to convince us of the truth they'd like us to believe.

    Perhaps the figures are correct. Perhaps they're not.... personally I don't see any real point in publishing figures like these, but I guess they're important to someone whether their agenda is politically motivated or not.

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