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Huge demand for 5,000 census jobs

WITH four months to go until Census 2011, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is facing a numerical headache.

The online application process for the 5,000 jobs officially opened yesterday at census.ie. Demand for the jobs is so high that by 5pm, the CSO had already received 7,000 applications.

And due to the massive interest, the CSO is warning that it may have to stop taking applications as early as tonight.

It now expects to reach its 15,000 cut-off point sometime today, almost a full week ahead of the original January 11 closing date for applications.

More than 21,000 people pre-registered their interest in working as an enumerator on the April 11 census.

CSO spokesperson Deirdre Cullen called the level of interest in the positions fantastic.

"Enumerators are a vitally important part of the census process. We have found, for the most part, that enumerators find it a very rewarding experience and many have done more than one census," she said.

Enumerators will be tasked with hand delivering and collecting census forms to every household in the country in the weeks before and after the count.

Successful applicants will be offered 10-week contracts and will receive an average of €2,200 for their work. They will be expected to work about 22 hours each week, giving them a pay rate of €10 an hour.

In addition, enumerators must pass a garda background check and will be required to have a secure storage area for their documents.

Irish Independent