The Office for National Statistics is hiring hundreds of people across every region of England and Wales to work in a range of community roles and make Census 2021 a success.
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 informs decisions nationally and locally on vital services and ultimately it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services based on the information people give.
Every household in England and Wales will take part in March next year and the ONS is looking for people from all backgrounds to work in communities across the length and breadth of the two nations.
“It is crucial we reach everyone across all of England and Wales – from the youngest to the oldest, those living in inner city communities and the most remote rural areas, those who have recently arrived or lived in the same place their whole lives,” deputy national statistician Iain Bell said.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to take part and we are now recruiting engagement managers who understand their area, can engage all groups and ensure the maximum number of people complete their census questionnaire.
“These are important roles which will be challenging and exciting and ensure the data the census subsequently provides is representative of everyone.”
Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services.
Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work. Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It also helps businesses to understand their customers and decide where to open new services.
The ONS is now recruiting 200 census engagement managers who will work in designated regions across England and Wales. Next month it will begin recruiting community advisers.
For more information on the community jobs available, visit www.censusjobs.co.uk
Press Release No 5668