Written answers

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Department of An Taoiseach

Census of Population Data

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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153. To ask the Taoiseach when positions will be advertised for the 2016 census of population; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32964/15]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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A total of 5,140 people will be recruited to assist with the field work on the 2016 census. The field staff can be divided into two separate types of contract, the field managers and supervisors, and the enumerators. The 480 census field managers will be employed full time on the census while the 4,660 census enumerators will be engaged in a part-time capacity.

The recruitment process is in three separate phases. Phase 1 saw the recruitment of 50 senior managers made up of 6 Census Liaison Officers and 44 Census Regional Supervisors. The online application competition was open from April 30th 2015 to May 8th2015. Letters of appointment have been issued. Census liaison officers start on Monday 28thSeptember 2015 and census regional supervisors report for duty on Tuesday 27thOctober 2015.

Phase 2 is for the recruitment of 430 Census field supervisors. This competition ran from September 17thto September 24th2015. Shortlisting and interviewing of candidates is now beginning and successful applicants will report for duty on January 25th2015.

The third and final phase of the recruitment drive will begin in the first week of January 2016. This will involve the recruitment of 4,660 census enumerators and will also be an online recruitment application process. Advance notice will be posted on the CSO website and there will be a publicity campaign to advertise the posts. Census enumerators typically work 22 hours a week, mostly evenings and weekends. The census enumerator contract will run for 10 weeks from 21st March until 27th May 2016.

All of the recruitment for the census field operation is carried out by the CSO under licence by the Commission for Public Service Appointments and complies with their strict recruitment principles regarding fairness, equality, openness and transparency.

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