Commonwealth Games: now hiring

The 2014 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching, with just more than a year to go.  There are a number of employment opportunities currently available for various positions.

Here’s also some information to help you plan if you are considering visiting the Games as a spectator, including visa information.

Jobs and contracts

There will be a variety of jobs available in the run-up to the games – a great opportunity to be a part of this exciting event.

Business owners are also invited to complete a company profile on the Glasgow Business Portal, to be considered for various contracts and opportunities – including construction projects, commodities and specialist services. Visit www.glasgowbusinessportal.co.uk for more information.

General information

  • The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games will take place from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
  • This year, the Games are hosted by Glasgow, Scotland. It will be the 3rd time Scotland hosts the games; the previous two occasions were in 1970 and 1986, when the games were hosted in Edinburgh.
  • Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games more times than any other host country – 2018 will mark the 5th time.
  • Around 6 500 athletes from 71 nations will be competing in 17 sports over 11 days.
  • Australia has won the most-ever Commonwealth Games medals, including 803 gold.

Sports

The competition schedule includes 17 sports taking place over 11 days.

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Netball
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Shooting
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Tickets

Like all previous Commonwealth Games, a fair and simple application process will ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting tickets for the sports they wish to see. Tickets start at just £15, with most tickets being charged at £25 or less. Under-16s and over-60s enjoy half price tickets, and ticket prices include public transport in the local area on the day of the event.

Tickets go on sale on the 19th of August, with only four weeks to apply online or by post. The application period closes on 16 September, after which time you will find out which of your ticket applications were successful. Tickets to the very popular events will be allocated via a simple draw.

Visas

Applications are now open for individuals needing a Commonwealth Games visitor’s visa. The visa will be valid until 3 September 2014, and will allow multiple entries to the UK and a maximum stay of 6 months for a single visit.