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How you can help make the census rehearsal a success

Chris Kolek census engagement manager

Field staff are needed to help the Office for National Statistics carry out the digital-first census rehearsal in Carlisle this October.

The ONS is recruiting team supervisor and census officer roles for the final large-scale test before the 2021 Census.

Field staff coordinate the operation in their area or take on a vital role as main contact with the public, following up non-responses. Supervisors will manage up to 12 census officers, supporting them in their role of encouraging and helping people to complete their questionnaires online.

Supervisory positions are also available within Census Coverage Survey to support the team that checks how well people and households are counted during the census.

The roles are flexible with various hours and work patterns available.

Matt Fido, Head of Census 2021 Field Operations said: “Working for the census is a brilliant opportunity. In 2021 we will aim to count everyone in England and Wales, and the information we get will help decide how services are planned and funded in your community. There’s no other survey that gives as much detail about us and our society.

“Being part of the field team for the census rehearsal in Carlisle will be a unique experience. It will be the final large-scale test before the 2021 Census where we’ll make a positive impact on the local community and meet people from all backgrounds.”

The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census. The census happens once every ten years and gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney in London and Ceredigion in Wales will also be taking part.

People in each of the chosen areas will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019. The rehearsal will be online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this month.

For more information on available field force roles go to

The Office for National Statistics produces the numbers that matter most– on the economy and business, people, population and communities. Operating impartially and free of political control, we are mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions and improve lives.

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