Census to create 50 jobs in Lincoln

Around 50 temporary jobs will be created in Lincoln, as the recruitment campaign for the 2011 Census was launched in the city.

Available roles include census coordinators, collectors, and special enumerators, who will be responsible for communal establishments.

The positions will be both full-time and part-time, and pay rate will range from £7.99 to £15 per hour for the census coordinators.

“We need to give people help and support to complete and return the census questionnaire,” said Glen Watson, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

“This means recruiting the right people for this important nationwide project.”

At a national level, over 35,000 people will be hired by ONS for Census 2011, out of which 2,500 will be in the East Midlands area.

Getting a fair share

The census provides an estimate of the population of England and Wales and is carried out every ten years, and the information given is confidential.

In March 2011 each household in the country will receive a questionnaire through the post, which can also be filled via an online form for the first time.

Andy Howlett, Census 2011 Manager for Lincoln, says this is the only way to make sure the city gets a fair share of government funding over the coming ten years.

“All government funding and grants [education, policing, health] are distributed around the country based on the estimate of the population size from the Census.

“If our population estimate is low, or if it doesn’t reflect the make up of the population, the allocation of central funding for local services won’t match the need.”

A council in South East England has calculated that each completed form is worth up to £5,000 in grants and funding to the area over the ten-year life of the census.

“The more people from Lincoln who fill it in, the fairer our share!” Howlett added.

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