Games for a Job

SEEK shows benefit of games on employment.

Games for a Job

Australia & New Zealand

New data from SEEK has explored the positive impact on employment generated by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Their analysis has demonstrated that job ad growth in the region has outpaced that in Brisbane and in the State overall. 

SEEK developed the GC2018 Jobs destination to promote the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) employment opportunities, and this has seen a total of 76,000 applications started with some of the most popular roles including sport coordinators, administration assistants, event management and village coordinators.

GOLDOC have hired over 1,500 paid staff to help run the Games, across sectors such as contract management, engineering, events, finance, logistics, marketing, program management, procurement, spectator services, technology and transport. 

This boost to the local workforce has helped sustain increased levels of job ad growth in the area in recent years. Since 2012, the year on year growth rate of SEEK new job ads in Gold Coast has outpaced that of Brisbane and Queensland as a whole. Over the past two years this accelerated growth rate has levelled out. 

In addition to the applications for paid positions, over 47,000 applications were also received for volunteer roles, demonstrating an enormous level of community engagement with the event. From these applications, 15,000 volunteer positions were offered and accepted, and this dedicated team of volunteer become part of the Games Shapers that will spend one million hours looking after 6,600 athletes and officials, along with over 1 million spectators. The Games Shapers have also undertaken 360,000 hours of training, provided by TAFE Queensland. The majority (more than 90%) of Games Shapers roles are based in the Gold Coast, which is the Host City for the Games.

Kendra Banks, managing director SEEK ANZ, comments: “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. The commitment and enthusiasm of the extensive Games Shapers network - both paid and volunteer - is inspiring, and 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.”



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