HAILSHAM: Temporary Census jobs boost for town

HAILSHAM’S economy gets a boost this month as the national Census brings 29 temporary jobs to the town.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is recruiting up to 35,000 people from local communities across England and Wales to help carry out the national survey, which takes place on March 27.

January’s recruitment drive aims to fill 76 flexible jobs available in Wealden with 29 of the vacant posts in Hailsham.

People can apply for a range of full and part time roles with flexible hours ranging from 15 to 37 hours a week, with salaries starting from £7.41 per hour.

On top of this there are a further 55 job posts in Eastbourne and 18 Census coverage survey interviewer roles available across Eastbourne and Wealden paying £10.03 per hour.

Survey interviewers will be responsible for carrying out short doorstep interviews with households and will be employed between May and June.

Capita has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to recruit and train staff to carry out the 2011 Census.

It will also be managing the payroll of Census field workers and providing HR advice to Census managers once they have been recruited.

Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Robin Kempe, said, “This is welcome news at a time when redundancies are common and job opportunities more limited in number.

“As our economy continues to climb out of a deep recession, these forthcoming Census jobs will offer the chance for those who are currently unemployed - and with a good knowledge of their local area and community - to earn some much-needed income and gain valuable skills and work experience into the bargain.”

“The 2011 Census is a very important project to ensure your community gets the funding it needs, and I would encourage Hailsham residents who are out of work to take full advantage of these job opportunities,” he added.

To apply visit www.censusjobs.co.uk.