The job at a glance

We need 4,700 part-time Enumerators

  • When we need you: 21st March 2016 – 27th May
  • When you can apply: 5th January – 8th January 2016
  • Your hours will be: Flexible – Min of 22 hours/week – mainly evenings and weekends.

Note that the competition will close on 8th January or when applications reach 15,000 whichever is the earlier. The closing date may vary from region to region given the geographical dimension of the census.

Main duties

Visual Survey

Each enumerator will be given a record book and a map which will contain the dwellings in their area. The enumerator must carry out a visual survey of their area and verify the location of all the dwellings listed in their record book; they must also locate and mark on the map any dwellings not already listed.


You will be trained in all aspects of the job and be provided with all the materials you require to do the work, including a mobile phone, calling cards, a high-visibility jacket, a satchel etc.

Delivery Stage

A census form must be delivered to each household and establishment where people may be residing before census day. Every person present in the household on census night must be enumerated on a census form.

Collection Stage

The collection of the census forms begins the morning after census day to ensure collection from transient populations in hotels, guesthouses etc. Repeated call-backs to private dwellings are often necessary as householders may be absent at the time of the first call. The enumerator is required to check the census form for completeness at the doorstep and enquire further regarding any obvious omissions. The collection stage usually takes 3 – 4 weeks to complete.

Summarisation Stage

Following the collection stage, the enumerator must compile a population summary for their assigned area and return the census forms via his/her field supervisor.

An Enumerator must…

  • Follow all instructions issued by the CSO.
  • Be able to read maps.
  • Be capable of doing both vertical & cross tots (required for summarisation).
  • Keep accurate records of the time spent on and the progress of the fieldwork.


  • Delivery & collection of Census forms in local areas.
  • Work involves direct contact with public.
  • Requires tact, consideration & patience to win the confidence & co-operation of householders


Remuneration will be on a fee / allowance basis. Enumerators can expect to typically earn €2,400 on average, for their work during this 10 week period, made up as follows:

  • Weekly advance: €100 (paid in arrears)
  • Training allowance: €200
  • Fees per forms delivered/collected: Variable
  • Summarisation: €230
  • Terminal Bonus: €445
  • Home storage allowance: €140
  • Sunday and bank holiday work allowance: €210
  • Travel Allowance: Variable

Enumeration Area usually comprises about 400 households