The cost of hiring temporary workers in the vicinity of the Olympics has increased by 35% over the period of the games, according to recruitment firm Berkeley Scott. The company cited increased demand during the Olympics, and said that because games organisers LOCOG are paying workers the London Living Wage of £8.30 per hour, this has pushed other employers into paying similar amounts. Berkeley Scott gave the example of a kitchen porter employed on a temporary basis who would usually earn £6.08 per hour, but during the Games that would rise to £8.30 per hour. Based on an average 40 hour week, they would earn £243.20 per week, rising to £332 during the games. Mike Gardner, operations manager at Berkeley Scott, said: “It is great that LOCOG sites have adopted the London Living Wage and are paying temporary workers this higher rate of pay. That has had the knock-on effect of pushing other brands and employers involved with the Olympic Games into altering their pay structures.”