Role of the Enumerator

We need 5,100 part-time Enumerators

  • When we need you: 28 February – 6 May 2022
  • When you can apply: 25 November – 10 December 2021*
  • Your hours will be: Flexible – Min of 22 hours/week – mainly evenings and weekends

* Please note that for administrative and logistical reasons, the competition will close once the number of applications received has reached 15,000 which therefore may be before 10 December. Regional quotas will also apply.

The Role of the enumerator

The role of the enumerator is a key one in ensuring a successful census. It involves frequent, direct contact with the public. It requires tact, consideration and patience to win the confidence and co-operation of householders. The work requires a good level of physical fitness.  

Each Enumerator will be assigned an Enumeration Area (an EA). Each EA will usually comprise about 400 households. In many areas, particularly rural areas, the enumerator will require a car. The work will be conducted mainly in the evenings and at weekends.

Main duties

Visual Survey

Each enumerator will be given a case management system application on a smart phone 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 case management system; 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.

Finalisation Stage

Following the collection stage, the enumerator must carry out a quality control process of their assigned area and return the census forms via his/her field supervisor.

An Enumerator must:

  • follow all instructions issued by the CSO for the enumeration of their area
  • be able to read maps
  • use a specially designed smart phone application to record details of visits
  • keep accurate records of the time spent on and the progress of his/her 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 €3,200 on average, for their work during this 10 week period, made up as follows:

  • Weekly advance: €140 (paid in arrears)
  • Training allowance: €220
  • Fees per forms delivered/collected: Variable
  • Summarisation: €240
  • Terminal allowance: €495
  • Home storage allowance: €170
  • Atypical allowance: €230
  • Travel allowance: Variable

For detailed information on the role, please see the Candidate Information Booklet here (PDF).