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We asked Brian Cadigan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Cadigan

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Don't just go into teaching because you are looking for long holidays. To teach everyday you need to like children, be very patient and understanding. However I feel it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

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2016 Census Enumerators Wanted

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2016 Census Enumerators Wanted

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

2016 Census Enumerators Wanted

Census 2016 takes place on Sunday, 24th April 2016.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has now announced that the application process for census enumerators will open on 5th January 2016 at 9.00am.

A total of 4,660 enumerators will be recruited to deliver and collect more than 2.3 million forms across a ten week period.

Applications will be taken online between Tuesday 5th and Friday 8th January or when the number of applicants reaches 15,000.

CSO Director General Padraig Dalton explained how important the role of the enumerator is:

“The census provides invaluable information on a range of topics and is used by every government department and local authority in the country. Census data feeds into the planning stages of most aspects of Irish life, such as schools, train lines and childcare facilities. It is the CSO’s largest and most challenging statistical undertaking and simply could not be completed without the diligence of the enumerators”.

According to Deirdre Cullen, Head Statistician at the CSO, “Demand for these posts is always incredibly high. If you are interested in becoming a census enumerator, you are strongly advised to apply early. Applications will be taken on from Tuesday 5 January”.

David Levy was an enumerator in Co Cork in 2011. He said: “Working as an enumerator in 2011 was as rewarding an experience as I have had in employment. I take great satisfaction in knowing I had a small part to play in charting important social and economic chang
s in this country. Enumerators are paid a fixed fee for the delivery and collection of census forms in their area along with fixed allowances for training, home storage, Sunday working, terminal bonus and travel.

Enumerators will earn approximately €2,400 for the ten week period. All enumerators are required to be signed up as Officers of Statistics which forbids them from divulging any information obtained as part of their official duties.

Detailed information from the CSO on becoming a Census Enumerator is available here.

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