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Olympic effect

The question

All eyes in the construction industry are now turning to the Olympics as firms compete for high profile, high value contracts. What effect do you think the Games will have on the industry?

As usual large investments and resources are going to London and the South East. Increased construction costs, reduced investment and project cuts will be borne by the rest of us.

Kenneth Brown, 32, assistant engineer, Edinburgh It can only mean one thing, more projects, more work, better margins and more fun.

Paul McCormick, 39.75, managing director, Derby It is great for the private engineering sector both in terms of companies and employees, but we in salary-capped local government will struggle ever more in recruitment and retention. But such a high profile project could make youngsters realise how sexy and rewarding the job can be. I would have loved the opportunity to cut my teeth on such projects.

David van Beesten, 54, flood risk management team leader, Reading I think the government will be late on procurements and will try to put changes through after the projects have started, thus ensuring that if the work doesn't finish late, it will be over budget.

Shortages will probably appear in skills, and successful striking for higher wages will be carried out by various groups, but not of course by the professional civil engineers. Consultants may well find their work outsourced to China and India resulting in actual wage drops for designers.

Mike Dommett, 48, civil engineer, London The 2012 Games are a fantastic opportunity for the UK civil engineering industry to show we can deliver leading edge, innovative structures and facilities on time and to budget.

Top designers and contractors will be attracted by the gold of companies carrying out the works. Elsewhere in the industry engineers may gain silver and bronze by being involved in associated work such as hotel and transport developments.

Andrew Powell, 42, senior group engineer, Manchester I would hope that not only will the games raise the expectations of the nation with regard to sporting achievement, but that it will also in some part do the same for civil engineering. We have a great opportunity to show the rest of the nation and world what we as civil engineers can achieve. We must not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Undoubtedly the various projects needed in advance of the Olympics will drive salaries up, while at the same time highlighting the skills gap that we all know already exists.

Howard Hutchinson, 35, contracts manager, Dorset It will certainly be a drain on skilled resources but may inspire those working in the industry to get fitter and therefore be more productive!

Brian Rousell, 33, project manager, Sussex The Olympics are a great opportunity for our profession but the UK's youth will be more interested in training to participate in the sports than in the engineering work. The projects required will generate an increased demand for civil engineers which will be met by an increase in European engineers working in the UK.

Mat Toy, 40, principal engineer south east England

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