Census takers wanted

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Temporary job opportunities are still available for Scotland’s biggest population survey: the census which takes place in March this year.

These census takers (enumerators) posts offer flexible, part-time opportunities and are ideal for those in full-time employment looking for some additional income or people with families, carers, retired people or students looking for short-term work. The positions offer 75 hours work between February and April for a fee of £750. The closing date for applications is 21 January 2011.

Applications would be particularly welcomed in Kincardine & Mearns, Garioch and Banff & Buchan.

The Aberdeenshire and Moray staff will be part of a team of 5,800 census takers employed across Scotland to deliver questionnaires to the country’s 2.5 million households ahead of census day: Sunday 27 March 2011.

To date Scotland’s Census organiser, The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), has recruited 22 regional managers, 170 district managers and 500 team leaders – including Elizabeth Price who is responsible for managing the Aberdeenshire and Moray region. Elizabeth and her team members all live locally.

Census takers make up the majority of the temporary workforce. In addition to delivering the questionnaires, they deal with questions from the public and follow-up on any household questionnaires which have not been returned.

Elizabeth Price said: “The census is the widest-ranging survey of the population undertaken, and is the only reliable count of all of us as individuals. The results give national and local government accurate information that they can then use to plan and allocate resources and to deliver services effectively and efficiently in the areas where they are needed.

“This is our only chance in 10 years to get as clear a picture as we can of how our community looks today. Our team will be doing their utmost, but the real key is the help that we will get from the people of Aberdeenshire and Moray in completing their questionnaires.”

Further details about the recruitment process and available positions can be found at www.gro-scotland.gov.uk