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Census chiefs move to calm 'fraud' fears

THE CENTRAL Statistics Office has moved to quell fears that fraudsters are applying to work as enumerators in the forthcoming census.

Some applicants experienced difficulties when registering their CV for consideration of the job as an enumerator.

When they attempted to log on they were told that their PPS number had already been registered, raising queries about whether other applicants had attempted to use their unique number.

However, the office has made an assurance that all security measures have been taken to prevent fraudsters applying.

A spokesperson for the CSO said that the glitch was due to a cross-over in registration details if the person had already worked for a census post before.

"The position is that if a person has already registered their details with CSO for a census post, they would have already provided their PPS Number and received a username and password," the representative said.

"In this case they do not need to register again as part of the Enumeration application process -- instead they simply login using their assigned username and password from the previous competition."


The potential employees attempted to register but received a message that their PPS number had already been used.

"There is no risk that anyone without a PPS number will be able to obtain employment as all PPS details will be checked and verified as part of the applications process," the CSO representative explained. The office has reached over its quota of 15,000 applicants in just two days and has been forced to shut its applications window for just 5,000 part-time jobs.

The jobs are being created for the census in April but it was massively over-subscribed.

More than 22,000 registered their initial interest in the posts.

The successful enumerators, who are paid €2,200 for their work, will be asked to work 22 hours per week carrying out a range of activities before and after census night on April 10.

In the run-up to the census, enumerators are required to visit houses in their area to verify their location against pre-prepared maps, as well as recording the locations of new houses, before visiting each and delivering the census forms.