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British jobs boost for 2012 project

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 per cent in October 2008 to just over three quarters, providing much-needed support to the UK construction sector during a year of enormous upheaval.

Of the remaining 24 per cent, half are from within the EU, and half from outside it, with 6 per cent of workers being of Irish nationality, 3 per cent Romanian, 2 per cent Lithuanian, 2 per cent Nepalese, 2 per cent Indian and 1 per cent Polish.

Olympic Delivery Authority 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.