Mobile census officers
15 to 37 hours a week
Contract: 16 March 2021 to 13 May 2021 plus holiday
Salary dependent on location
Band 1 - £14.61
Band 2 - £12.64
Band 3 - £11.22
Flexible working hours within these times:
Monday to Saturday: 9am – 8pm; Sundays and bank holidays: 10am – 4pm
60% of your hours must be between:
Monday to Friday: 4pm – 8pm; Saturday: 9am – 8 pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm
People motivators make the census
The census is a survey of the entire population of England and Wales that happens every 10 years. It’s run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The information we collect is used to make decisions that affect everyone – things like how many schools, surgeries and hospitals we need.
To make the census a success, we need a team of active, outgoing officers who can encourage people to complete the Census 2021 online questionnaire.
Our mobile team of census officers move into different areas across England and Wales depending on where support is most needed.
Are you an energetic team player who is willing to travel? Given the unique nature of the census, we need mobile officers who are willing to work anywhere across England or Wales at short notice.
In this important, temporary role, you will be given a daily workload of household addresses that are yet to complete a census questionnaire. You will visit the addresses and help householders in completing their questionnaire – either yourself or by referring them to available support. This will usually take place on the doorstep, but you might occasionally support your colleagues at community completion events, too.
Although you will work independently, you will be part of a team, with support from a team leader who will help you settle into your role.
We are looking for self-starters who can use smartphones and apps, maintain accurate, timely records, and keep the public’s data safe. You will need plenty of stamina, because you will be travelling at short notice, knocking on doors, and meeting people from all walks of life.
Some residents will have objections to filling in the questionnaire, and you will need to be encouraging, engaging and confident to help them overcome these barriers.
You will need space at home you can use as an office and be able to travel throughout England and Wales with no less than 24 hours’ notice. You must be prepared to stay overnight or longer as required. We will assist you in arranging accommodation where necessary and cover your expenses.
You will also need to be able to travel to, and around, your assigned areas, so you will need a current full UK driving licence and use of a motor vehicle (insured for business use). We will pay you a mileage allowance for this.
For roles in Wales, knowledge of Welsh would be an advantage.
To be considered for the role, you must be available from 16 March 2020 to 29 April 2021 inclusive.
People make the census. If you are looking for valuable, temporary work and are interested in making Census 2021 a success for everyone, apply for a mobile census officer role.
We can only employ you if you are eligible to work for the Civil Service. Find out more about the Civil Service nationality rules.
Your health, and that of our field staff, is very important to us. We will be following the government’s safety guidelines about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be provided to all staff. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the operation.