15,000 will apply for job as census counter
Up to 15,000 people are hoping to land a job as a census counter.
The 10-week contract is worth €2,200 on average to deliver the forms for census day -- Sunday, April 10, 2011 -- and collect them afterwards.
In 2006, more than 13,000 people applied for the job.
"In the current climate we are expecting a lot of people to go for it from different backgrounds," a spokesman for the census recruitment on behalf of the Central Statistics Office said.
The census is designed to paint a detailed picture of the entire population in the country on census night.
Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary said it would be a good opportunity for those gaining work experience or trying to get back into the job market.
Successful applicants will deliver forms to around 400 homes in their area and collect them afterwards. It will take around 22 hours a week, with the majority of the work carried out in the evenings and at least one day over the weekend.
Applications will be taken from January 4 until January 11 next on the website www.census.ie.