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Census takers needed from October for 10-year head count


The statistical service will purchase the services of 1,100 census-takers and supervisors in October to December as part of the regular census carried out every ten years.

In an announcement on Monday, the statistical service said the census aims to record the entire population in the government-controlled areas and collect detailed data on demographic and social/economic characteristics.

Information will also be collected on the number of households and residents, the size and comforts at their homes and the geographical distribution of the population. Permanent residents of institutions will also be covered.

Overall, it will buy the services of 1,000 census-takers and another 100 supervisors. The information will be collected by personal interviews.

Applications can be submitted by July 2, online on the website of the statistical service. Required qualifications include a high school diploma, very good knowledge of Greek, a clean criminal record, integrity, initiative and good judgement and for men a certificate showing completion of army service or legal exemption.

Their health and physical condition must be such as to allow them to carry out their duties and the job requires a lot of travel, on foot and by car. Visits will also be carried out in the afternoons, weekends and on holidays.

Retired people are also eligible to apply.

Candidates found to satisfy the criteria at first sight will be called to a personal interview in July or August.

Contracts will be between one to three months depending on requirements and the fee is €2.25 per person recorded by the census-taker in a home and €1.50 in every institution, and €2 for an empty residence.

In addition, the census-taker must undergo 40-hour training in September with remuneration of €360. Census-takers must submit at least 15 completed questionnaires a day. Travel expenses are not covered but efforts will be made to employ census-takers in the area they live.

Supervisors will be paid €1,450 a month. Working hours will not be the same as in the civil service but will not exceed their total a week.

For further information telephone 22602132.

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