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Olympic building bosses get £1.8m

Managers overseeing the construction of venues for the 2012 sporting event have received more than £1.8M in bonuses this year Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said this week.

Staff at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is in charge of building the infrastructure for the Olympics, received £1,806,685 in bonuses for the year ending March 2009. In the previous year they received £1.7M.

Jowell wrote to Parliament with a breakdown of that total, revealing that directors received £282,629, the heads of function received £514,882, and managers were given £686,708.

Executives and officers were paid bonuses of £134,746, while administrative support staff were given £82,937.

On average, the 206 such employees involved in Olympic construction were paid £8,770.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said in July that he is deferring half his £209,566 bonus until 2012. It is in his contract that the award is linked to keeping the Olympic project on time and within budget.

In November 2008 the first venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, was delivered. Other buildings including the main stadium, aquatics centre and velodrome are ahead of schedule.

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