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Census set to provide 5,000 jobs

Temporary posts for 5,000 enumerators for the 2011 Census will be filled in the New Year.

Staff are needed to deliver and collect forms from households over a 10-week period from March next year.

Anyone interested in becoming an enumerator for the 2011 Census -- to take place on Sunday, April 10 -- should pre-register at www.census.ie where they can also watch a video about the role.

Deirdre Cullen, from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), said enumerators were 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.

"Given the extensive contact that they have with the public, it is important that enumerators have patience, tact and consideration.

"They must also be able to read maps and understand detailed instructions."

The application process will open on January 4 for one week only. Successful applicants will be offered fixed purpose contracts of approximately 10 weeks starting on March 8 and can expect to earn in the region of e2,200 euro.

Enumerators must be prepared to devote approximately 22 hours per week to census duties and will need to work five to six evenings every week and at least one day every weekend.

Every household in the country is obliged by law to complete a census, which was first carried out in 1841.


Dara Calleary, Minister for Labour Affairs, said the jobs were an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to gain experience or get back into the job market.

"Successful applicants will deliver census forms to around 400 homes in their area, collect them afterwards and then compile a report on the local population," he said.

"They will be expected to map out all homes in their area, and mark any homes that are not already listed."

"The CSO is looking for workers with good people skills, and a high level of patience and tact. For those covering rural areas, it is also important to have a full driving licence and access to a car."