Census jobs boost

MORE than one hundred jobs are set to be created in Rotherham thanks to the 2011 census.

The census provides an estimate of the population of England and Wales and is carried out every ten years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A recruitment campaign was launched last week to fill the 35,000 temporary posts that will be up for grabs nationally.

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In Rotherham around 130 people will be needed to help carry out the next survey on March 27, 2011.

Michael Whetton, census area manager for Rotherham, said: “Successful applicants may be able to choose the number of hours that suit their particular circumstances.

“Importantly, they will be able to help deliver an accurate count of the population which is so vital because councils and health services receive funding based on the figures.

“The jobs can only be temporary but will give people an excellent addition to their CVs.”

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Next March, every household in England and Wales will receive a questionnaire through the post.

The questionnaires can be completed and returned by post or using the new secure online questionnaire.

Census recruits will help a wide range of people and organisations  to make sure everyone in the area can complete and return their census questionnaire.

Available roles include census co-ordinators, who will help to manage teams, census collectors, who will provide help and support on the doorstep and special enumerators, who will be responsible for communal establishments including care homes, hotels and student halls of residence.

For more information visit www.censusjobs.co.uk.