Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is set to embark on the second phase of a massive recruitment drive for Census 2011 this month.
This process will see Stats SA filling a total of 156 000 fieldwork positions – 6 000 census fieldwork coordinators, 30 000 supervisors and 120 000 fieldworkers. This process is expected to be finalised by July 31 2011.
The national statistical office, which is responsible for conducting the population census, will use the normal recruitment process – advertising in newspapers – and a rigorous targeted approach, focusing on areas where there has been a low response rate in the initial phase of the project.
This phase began last year, when prospective candidates were invited to apply to be included on the Census 2011 database.
A total of 161 000 people have been captured on this database and Stats SA is engaged in a gap analysis, where it is looking at the geographical concentration of the applicants.
Stats SA’s recruitment drive is aimed at communities as this will ensure that census fieldworkers reside in the areas – villages, farms, townships, suburbs – they will count come 10 October 2011.
Census project director Calvin Molongoana emphasised that Census 2011 employment application forms are available in all Stats SA offices for free.
“These forms are available countrywide in all our offices. We will also be making the forms available in community centres around the country,” said Molongoana, adding that the forms would be clearly marked “not for sale”.
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