With 5 months until everyone in England and Wales will be asked to take part in Census 2021, here’s an update on the ONS plans in light of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations such as local authorities shape services for society for the years to come.

They have reviewed and refined their Census plans and are confident that everyone will be able to provide their census information safely and securely.  Their design now means they can conduct the main census field data collection operation without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contact will be socially distanced, field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance and our recruitment and training have been moved wholly online.

Some 200 full time ONS-employed census engagement managers (CEMS) have recently started work across England and Wales, responsible for engaging communities in local areas and raising awareness of the census. 

Recruitment

Full and part-time Census Officer roles are now open for applications, until 27th January, on the Census jobs website here.

There is also a Roma Community Advisor role for Cambridgeshire, applications close 8th January, details are here.