The Army has been asked to help out at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with 5,000 vacancies still unfilled.
More than 5,000 athletes, as well as delegates from 72 nations, are due to attend the two-week event, set to kick off in Birmingham on Thursday 28 July.
But officials have warned of issues recruiting enough staff to fill the required roles.
Event organisers are still looking to hire logistics managers, steward supervisors, gym coordinators, as well as travel and transport managers, according to public job listings, in addition to a large shortfall in temporary shift workers.
Chief executive Ian Reid said organisers were putting leaflets through doors across the West Midlands as part of a recruitment drive, adding that a “plan B” could see the military called in to provide support.
According to the BBC, he said: “Up to 5,000 roles are still to be put in place. We’re seeing a huge uptick of the back off the marketing campaign but there is still a lot of recruitment to be done over the next few weeks.”
The army was called in a decade ago to help out at the 2012 Olympics in London, partly due to private security contractor G4S’s failure to provide the staff for which it had been contracted. More than 17,000 troops were deployed to the Games.
In the decade since, troops have been repeatedly called up to fulfil civilian tasks, across everything from driving HGV and fuel tankers to working in hospitals and driving ambulances to flood relief.
There have also been suggestions in the past few weeks that troops should be called up to tackle a growing labour shortfall in airports that has caused chaos for holidaymakers, though Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has dismissed calls to do so.
Mr Shapps cited the impact on military readiness, adding: “The Army is not a snap solution to every problem.
“Secondly, they are being deployed in increasing numbers to eastern Europe, to the Baltics, in what is a war situation and that’s what the army are principally there for.”
The Ministry of Defence has been contacted for comment.