The number of personnel working on the construction of the Arena de Sao Paulo was increased this week, with a second work shift being introduced on Wednesday.

The incorporation of 40 staff working from 1pm to 11.20pm takes the total number of employees working on the project to 680, the remaining personnel all working an earlier shift from 8am to 6pm.

More workers will be required to complete the stadium and these will be recruited through a training programme run by the construction company and targeted at the unemployed. 

Having completed the training course, some 21 production assistants are now taking the entrance examination with a view to also joining the stadium workforce.

The construction company is planning to introduce a third shift for the busiest phase of the project in 2012, when the workforce is expected to increase to between 1,500 and 2,000.

The Arena de Sao Paulo is situated in Itaquera, in the eastern part of the city, and will host the Opening Match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and five other games at the tournament, one of them a semi-final.