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The organisers of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun recruiting temporary staff in preparation for the games. Recruitment giant Adecco, is assisting the organisers in recruiting up to 8,000 temporary employees; including drivers, translators and service employees.
An Adecco spokesperson commented: “Candidates in Sochi cannot meet all of the needs of the staff for the Games, so we are selecting candidates from across the country; especially in the nearby regions of Krasnodar, Rostov, Volgograd, and Samara. In the run-up to the Games, the most extensive work will be done in the field of building temporary structures, catering, maintenance, IT support, and accommodation arrangements. Huge numbers of freight deliveries of equipment and materials are also planned.”
During the Olympic Games there will be more than 200 separate locations; including sports arenas and stadiums, hotels, the Olympic village, media centre, and conference rooms. This will create more than 5,000 jobs, plus over 1,000 logistics professionals, and 500 workers to staff the Olympic village. In addition, there will be more than 100 vacancies for people directly involved with the sports; such as announcers, commentators, referees, and photographers.
On Adecco’s website candidates are guaranteed decent wages, housing in Sochi for a period of three to seven months, and partial compensation for travel to their temporary place of work.
The Winter Olympics have run into controversy given international objections to new legislation banning gay ‘propaganda’ in Russia. While the Russian labour code prohibits employment discrimination relating to sex, race, colour of skin, nationality, language, origins, property, social or position status, age, domicile, religious beliefs, and political convictions, it provides no protections relating to sexual orientation.