It’s 2021 and that means it’s time for the next Census – and also a jobs bonanza. Thousands of jobs have been created in the West Midlands thanks to the Census 2021.
The national poll is a snapshot of the country on one day – March 21 – and is only held once every 10 years.
Because it’s such a major event, the Government and Office for National Statistics hires a whole army of new workers to carry it out.
In the West Midlands alone, 3,007 jobs have been created – which are much-needed at a time when thousands of people are out of work due to the pandemic.
Sadly, the roles are only temporary and will end when all the Census work has been completed.
But in the meantime if you’re looking for work, or just need extra money, then there are loads of positions available.
What is the Census?
It’s held once every 10 years and gives the Government extremely detailed information about society which is then used to make decisions about vital services in the community – such as doctors’ surgeries, new schools and bus routes.
Every household will be required by law to fill out a Census form on Census Day, which is March 21.
But from now onwards, every household will start to receive a letter with a unique code to complete the census online in the weeks leading up to that date.
What jobs are available?
All of the jobs relate to going out and gathering information from the community.
A full list of the positions are available by clicking here.
But here are the main jobs which you can currently apply for now.
Census coverage survey area manager
There are 30 of these roles available across the country, with pay starting at £18.87 per hour. It’s for a 37 hour week and the contract runs from March 30 to July 2.
The job is suitable for a proven line manager who’s happy to travel. They will be required to motivate and support around 12 team leaders out in the field. The aim is to ensure teams visit addresses in their area to encourage maximum participation in the Census.
Closing date for applications is January 20.
Non compliance field manager
Applications for this role won’t be open until February 15 to 19, but people can register their interest now.
No details of pay or hours of work have been given yet, but there are vacancies all across the country, including the West Midlands.
It is suited to someone who is skilled at managing both people and conflict. You will oversee five teams across a wide geographical area, travelling to support colleagues as they visit different addresses and investigate refusals to take part in the Census.
Census coverage survey team leader
Applications are open from January 25 to January 29.
The job involves encouraging and motivating a team of 12 interviewers who will be knocking on doors, interviewing residents and making repeat visits. You will ensure they’ve the skills, tools and support they need.
Census coverage survey mobile team leader
Another role for which applications won’t be open until January 25 to January 29.
It’s a similar role to the one above, only you’ll be expected to travel more, managing a team of 12 interviewers, and going to wherever you are needed in the country.
Non compliance officer
This role will take applications from February 15 to February 19. Because of that, no details of pay or hours is available yet.
The job involves working with a non-compliance assistant, knocking on doors and encouraging residents to complete the form, when they’ve previously refused to take part.
This is where most of the jobs are: 26,500 in total across England and Wales, with many in the West Midlands.
The pay starts at £11.22 per hour dependent on location and the hours are either 15, 25 or 37 hours a week.
The contracts will run during March and April and applications are open until February 8.
This job is suitable for someone who likes being out in the community, talking to people and encouraging them to fill in the Census. Although you’ll be alone knocking on doors, you will have the support of your managers.
Census mobile officers
There are 300 of these roles available across England and Wales. The pay starts at £11.22 per hour, it will be for a 37 hour week and the contract will run from March 16 to May 13.
The job is suitable for someone who is happy to travel to several different locations across England and Wales, knocking on doors and persuading people to fill in the form.
Closing date is January 27.
Census coverage survey interviewer
Applications won’t open for this until February 15 February to 19, so no details of pay or hours are available yet.
It entails working as part of a team visiting different addresses to interview residents. Sometimes, you will be required to return several times to offer the reassurance residents need to take part in the Census.
How to I apply?
A full list of the positions and how to apply for them are available by clicking here.
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