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If you have any questions or need any help at any stage of the process, you can contact us by emailing onshelpdesk@adecco.co.uk or calling +44 20 3973 5972. If emailing, please include your contact telephone number and email address (if it differs from the one you email us from). We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We’re recruiting for fixed-term jobs ranging from supervisors co-ordinating activity to roles helping and encouraging members of the public to complete questionnaires. A variety of full-time and part-time opportunities are available. All roles will require the flexibility to work in the evenings and at weekends.

Please click on the “Apply” button to view further details of opportunities in your area and to apply online.

Roles are available in Carlisle, Ceredigion, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

All of the opportunities are advertised on the website as they become available. Please click on the “Apply” button to search for jobs and apply.

Click on the “The roles” tab to see job summaries for each of the roles. 

The preferred application method is online. Click “Apply” to search for jobs and to apply. For more information about how to apply, click on the “Selection process” tab.

Rates of pay vary and details for each role are on the "Apply” page of the website.

To apply, click on “Apply” for more details about the roles on offer.

Below the job details you will see a link that says “Find out more”. Select this link to take you to the application form.

For the majority of census roles it will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete the online application form.

We’re recruiting a large number of people to work on the census rehearsal. We must allow enough time to give equal consideration to all candidates and complete all pre‐employment checks.

Please note that, due to this, it may be some time before you hear from us after completing a stage of the recruitment process. We’ll keep you up to date regarding progress of your application.

We complete pre‐employment checks to ensure that all employees are suitable to come into regular contact with members of the public.

Pre‐employment checks consist of:

  • Verifying candidates’ employment history by obtaining references covering the previous three years
  • Establishing candidates have the right to work in the UK. Candidates will be asked to provide a passport or birth certificate (long version)
  • A criminal records check for convictions that are non-spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The criminal records check will be at the expense of the Office for National Statistics. Please note that you are still able to apply if you have not been in employment during the previous three years.

Unfortunately, there is no option to apply for more than one role on the 2019 Census Rehearsal, however, there will be opportunity to discuss other roles at one of our Welcome Events. If you perform well during the recruitment process, we will automatically consider you for other suitable roles within your preferred area.

We need to ensure that all candidates go through the same recruitment process. This is to comply with fair and open competition rules applying to public sector recruitment, and equal opportunities legislation. Also, the remit and duties for a number of roles will be different to any previous census.


No. All roles are fully operational for the duration of the contract. Leave will be accrued, and the amount will be dependent on the length of the contract. Any accrued leave will be taken in the non‐operational period at the end of the contract. In practice, this will mean that you will be paid for accrued leave when you complete the contract.

We want you to feel confident, motivated and ready to complete your role in the 2019 Rehearsal. You’ll be provided with all the knowledge and skills you need by completing our online learning. Which means you can access it anytime that suits you. You can even complete it in stages to fit around other commitments. Digital learning will also be available after your role starts so that you can return to refresh your knowledge at any time.

For those undertaking a management role, you’ll also be invited to attend a workshop session. This will provide you with the extra skills you need to hit the ground running.

Yes, students in the UK on student visas have restrictions on the number of hours you are allowed to work per week in term time.

Please note that the majority of census roles involve working during term time.

  • Depending on the course, those that are allowed to work can normally only work the following hours when sponsored by a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI):
    • Full time course below degree level – up to 10 hours per week during term time; or
    • Full time course at degree level or above – up to 20 hours per week during term-time.

It’s the responsibility of the candidate to provide documentary evidence of their right to work in the UK. If you are resident in the UK on a student visa, you should check that you can complete the role without breaching the terms of your visa.


Expenses are only payable when a candidate is in their allocated work area. Travel expenses are not paid between home and place of work.

Adecco has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics to provide recruitment, training and payroll for the Census Rehearsal. All staff will be employed by the Office for National Statistics.

For roles located in Ceredigion, you’ll need to hold a current full UK driving licence and have the use of a motor vehicle (insured for business use) for which you’ll be paid a mileage allowance. For roles in all other locations, this would be advantageous but is not a requirement.