London 2012: Pay

Olympics written question – answered on 31st March 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff in each salary band are employed in the management of the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Olympics and Paymaster General)

In relation to the Government Olympic Executive (GOE):

There are currently 63 members of staff working in the GOE, on the management of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GOE is the client for the Games on behalf of central Government. Senior staff members of GOE bring significant high-level commercial and financial experience in major, complex construction and infrastructure programmes, and policy delivery, in order to provide effective oversight of this process. Their rates of pay reflect this.

GOE's Director General has a salary of £220,000 per annum and the salary of the Director of Build and Finance is £180,000 per annum.

Four senior staff are in the senior civil service pay band 1 (£56,100 to £116,000); and three are in the senior civil service pay band 2 (£81,60.0 to £160,000).

40 members of GOE staff are in the DCMS pay bands shown in the following table:

Number Minimum Maximum
A (Upper) 3 49,918 64,065
A 14 42,770 52,985
B 19 27,560 35,335
C 2 21,242 25,178
D 2 16,796 20,395

Grades A(Upper) to D pay Scales based on August 2007 settlement.

A further 14 people working in GOE are employed through agencies on an interim basis.

In relation to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA):

ODA employees are paid individual salaries (often known as "spot rate pay") within a broad pay band structure, which allows for a wide range of jobs to be accommodated within a relatively small number of pay bands. This allows pay to be managed more flexibly in response to rapid organisational change or market-pressure. The basic salary bands of permanent ODA staff, excluding ODA's Chief Executive Officer (up to February 2008) are as follows:

Band Number of staff Minimum Maximum
CEO 1 n/a n/a
5 7 129,375 331,200
4 26 62,100 129,375
3 69 41,400 93,150
2 29 31,050 51,750
1 45 20,700 41,400

The ODA's Chief Executive has a salary of £372,600.

The ODA salary bands reflect the need to recruit and retain the expertise needed to deliver this unique, complex, and time limited challenge. The challenge of the ODA is without precedent and is one of the biggest jobs in the construction industry. Given the fixed deadline and the need for specialist skills in engineering, design, planning, construction, project management and other specialist areas, the ODA has had to recruit expertise most often found in the commercial sector. Rates of pay are therefore reflective of this and comparable with industry levels.

In relation to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG):

LOCOG is a private company. It therefore publishes summary information about expenditure on staff salaries in its annual report, which is publicly available from Companies House.

In relation to the wider Olympic family:

Within the wider Olympic Family, staff involved in the management of the Games are employed by many other organisations, for example, by other parts of Government, the Greater London Authority (GLA), the London Development Agency (LDA), the British Olympic Association (BOA), and the British Paralympic Association (BPA). Salary information for each organisation can be found in their respective annual reports.

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