According to new figures released today, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has created more than 35,000 jobs for the city.
Employment website SEEK says the Games appear to have had a significant and positive impact on unemployment rates on the Gold Coast, with the city’s unemployment rate falling substantially below the rest of Queensland and Australia.
The company also revealed industries including Hospitality & Tourism, Logistics and Construction has seen the biggest boost.
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While many of the positions created for the Games are only temporary, SEEK Managing Director Kendra Banks says employees will gain skills from the event to set them up for their future.
“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have given thousands of Australians a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop new skills and showcase their passion across a whole range of sectors,” Ms Banks said.
“The skills and experience gained through this event will provide tangible and intangible skills which they can use to help build fulfilling long term careers.”
In addition to 1,500 paid staff, 15,000 volunteer roles have also been offered and accepted from a total of 47,000 applications.
GC2018 has also created significant employment opportunities among contractors, with approximately
35,000 people working on delivering the Games which are set to kick off next week.