By Duncan Mackay

Rio 2016 logo 2January 2 - Rio 2016 are to start a major recruitment drive and plan to hire up to 250 people this year, they have announced.

By the end of 2012, Rio 2016 had 371 employees, a 61 per cent increase compared to the end of 2011. 

In the coming year, a 60 per cent headcount increase is expected until the end of July, an increase of 224, coinciding with a move to new offices in the centre of the city. 

It is estimated that 4,000 people will be working for Rio 2016 by the time the Games open. 

"Preparing the Olympic Games requires work in many different areas," said Henrique Gonzalez, the Rio 2016 human resources director. 

"At the moment, there are 72 job openings on the Games website and, at the turn of the year, another 90 will be available once we move to our new headquarters in the central region of the city."

There are currently openings in the areas of architecture, commercial, communications, engineering, sports, finances, journalism, juridical, licensing, logistics, marketing, projects, human resources, medical services, procurement, sustainability, technology and transport.

Rio 2016 already employ people from Canada, Cuba, the United States, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

All available positions will published on the official website.

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