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Census 2021 now recruiting

Census 2021 - Recruiting

The ONS is recruiting over 35,000 field staff to encourage householders to fill in their questionnaires and maximise census response rates.

As the public face of the census, field staff are essential to its success. Large-scale recruitment specialists, Adecco, will manage the recruitment of census field staff. Still, we need local authorities’ help promoting job opportunities to attract suitable, local candidates.

We look to recruit people with knowledge of the local area and who can relate to the communities within it. The hours are flexible and include the opportunity to work part-time, evenings and weekends. Local authority employees are encouraged to apply. We also appreciate you sharing details about census recruitment via your newsletters, websites and other publications, plus when communicating with your community groups and volunteers in person.

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Census 2021

Households across Castle Point will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

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