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Olympic success spurs demand for workers

LONDON'S successful bid for the 2012 Olympics has spurred demand for construction staff.

The latest surveys from accountant Deloitte and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation show that demand for permanent and temporary construction and engineering staff outstripped all other industry sectors in July.

Ashley Unwin, consulting partner at Deloitte, said: 'Cooling demand for staff across sectors has eased pressure on pay, with average increases now at 4.1 per cent.

'But the impact of the Olympic win can already be seen in some areas, with growth in the construction and service sectors already apparent.' The increased call for construction staff contrasts with other sectors, which saw the slowest rate of growth in demand for employees for nearly two years.