5,000 workers to be hired for
MORE than 5,000
temporary part-time workers are to be recruited next
year to collect data under the national Census 2016.
Donegal will need approximately 200 enumerators for
the census of population to be held on Sunday, April
About 33 of these will be required in Inishowen
which is divided into three census field districts
(east, west and south).
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) had some
difficulty recruiting enough candidates in Donegal
during the last census, five years ago.
It will launch its
campaign next month to recruit 430 field
A further competition will open in January 2016 to
hire 4,700 census enumerators nationally.
The first phase of the competition – to hire 50
senior managers – has closed.
The official census of
population is an account of everybody living in the
State on that day.
Census enumerators will get a short-term contract
requiring them to work a minimum of about 22 hours a
week, mostly evenings and weekends, over an 8-10
Successful candidates in 2011 were paid an average
of about €2,200 including a training allowance,
Sunday working and completion bonus.
Enumerators are required to deliver census forms to
dwellings in their catchment areas in the month
before the count.
The form must be completed by the household to
account for each person living there and is
collected again by the enumerator.
Everybody must be included on the official record
"including people staying with friends or relatives,
staying in a hotel, hospital, guesthouse or on board
a vessel," according to the CSO.
It is an offence not to take part in the census.
The last census showed that Ireland's population
stood at 4,588,252 with just over 98 males to every
Census 2011 also revealed that the number of
divorced people was almost 88,000 while more than
514,000 Irish residents spoke a foreign language at
home. For more information see