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Hundreds of jobs on offer ahead of the 2011 Census

HUNDREDS of recruits are to be hired for Census 2011 over the coming months.

The Central Statistics Offices (CSO) has confirmed that the next population count will take place on April 10 next.

Recruitment for some of the positions has already taken place but the vast majority of jobs will be filled closer to the time.

It is five years since the last census that found the Irish population had exceeded four million for the first time since 1861.

Over the coming months, the CSO will be recruiting temporary full-time and part-time field staff in order to carry out the Census field operation.

They will require around 440 field supervisors to help co- ordinate the massive operation.

Demand for the positions is expected to be unprecedented when the application process begins in September.

The office has already hired six liaison officers and 44 regional supervisors.

A significant amount of preparation work has already been undertaken by the CSO including a pilot survey in 32 enumeration areas throughout the country.

It covered around 10,000 households in order to test new questions that will be added to the survey.

The Census is carried out every five years in order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the social and living conditions of people.

It is relied on by Government departments for compiling policy, planning priorities and compiling budgets.

On the night, everybody who is in the country is included on a census form, including people who are staying with friends or relatives, staying in a hotel, hospital, guesthouse or on board a vessel.