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In Focus: 2007 Brings New Construction Job Opportunities on 2012 Olympics Project

In this latest article about the construction of the 2012 London Olympics, we take a look at:

  • Latest developments to prepare the Olympic site
  • Progress towards utility diversion work commencement
  • How the new rail link plans are developing
  • Which skill sets are now required
  • How to get your CV to employers who are actively recruiting now
  • How to reserve a future job vacancy that suits your career plan on future pending Olympic project awards

So what is happening on the Olympic site?

Well, as we mentioned in the last article, civil engineering/utility contractors are now busily tunnelling beneath the site to relocate existing power lines underground away from the proposed site. These works are set to continue for some time yet, their obvious non-interference with other Olympic works allowing them a longer time limit.

Aside from this, the majority of on-site works in progress relate to groundworks preparing for construction of the main structures. We understand a major PQS has recently been contracted to perform pre-contract costing on the Olympic site groundworks, ready for works to begin in a few months time; bidding for these contracts is expected to take place early this year.

Water utility diversion & capacity upgrade works are also set to begin in earnest in the near future, with the Olympic Delivery Authority set to hire a major civil engineering cost consultancy with a history of working for the likes of Thames Water to carry out works planning, laying and diverting water pipes to and from the Olympic construction site.

Construction works off-site

Off-site however, works are far more active, with the mammoth task of constructing the transport and infrastructure that will support the Olympics in 2012 grinding into gear. The Javelin high speed rail link has entered its initial planning stages, with a draft plan already produced for consultation purposes and a more finalised plan due for completion this summer.

Construction of the Docklands Light Railway extension to Stratford International is beginning, with the contract – worth £39m – being awarded to a partnership between a national rail specialised contractor and one of the UK construction industry’s major international names. This partnership will carry out extensive track works, construction of new platforms, and will begin the works on the DLR station at Stratford International.

Olympic Construction Job Opportunities – What and where are they?

There are certainly plenty becoming available, particularly within civil engineering, though also in planning, professional quantity surveying/cost consulting and groundworks.

The largest numbers of current vacancies exist within the rail sector, with opportunities for planners on the Javelin high speed railway becoming open and a need for quantity surveyors, project managers and other professional staff on the Docklands Light Railway extension in Stratford.

Another particular (and particularly evident) need on the 2012 Olympics is good cost management and quantity surveying staff! With the proposed build budget reputed to be far in excess of the previously published figures that won the UK the Olympics hosting bid, the CLM consortium and the various contractors clearly need skilled professionals to keep them in line with the revised budgets as they become clear.

The current Olympic construction job vacancies that Maxim Recruitment are aware of generally exist within engineering, planning and cost consulting/quantity surveying, as there is a deadline for getting some of the pre-contract stages completed in time for the scheduled start of the works themselves later this year. As for the works themselves, numerous vacancies will become available in the coming months as contracts are awarded, with project managers, quantity surveyors and site managers likely to be in high demand.  We recommend all interested candidates to get in touch with us now in preparation for a rush of jobs coming available in the coming months.

The companies preparing utilities diversion works for the Olympics now have live vacancies for quantity surveyors and other construction professionals. Particularly interesting for jobseekers are the water and utilities works on site at the moment.

Maxim Recruitment – keeping you in the know on Olympic progress

Our professional recruitment consultants at Maxim have kept a finger on the pulse of the 2012 Olympics since long before London was announced as the venue. If you’re looking to be a part of the most prestigious project London has ever seen, please get in touch with us.

Use our expertise and our long developed relationships with clients to your advantage. Whether you’re directly seeking a professional construction job on the 2012 Olympic, or you just need to know more about how you can find one through us in the future – perhaps when works not yet started begin – feel free to get in touch with us by sending over your updated CV.

Maxim Recruitment
February 2007

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