Organisers of the next census say they have already received a lot of interest from people for the role of enumerator.

Competition for the roles opened this morning and people will be needed from 28 February and 6 May next year to deliver the census forms and collect them.

The last census was held in 2016 and should occur every five years but was postponed last year due to the pandemic.

There were 15,000 applications for the role of enumerator for the 2016 census.

The next census will take place on 3 April 2022, and will create around 5,000 jobs over a ten week period.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Head of Census Administration Eileen Murphy said the job appeals to a lot of people as it is part time and they can be very flexible with their hours.

She said the enumerators will call to roughly 400 homes in their local area before census night on 3 April to deliver the forms and then collect them afterwards.

Ms Murphy said enumerators are the key to the whole operation and are the "public face of the census".

She said this year’s form will have eight new questions on topics such as renewable energy sources, childcare and working from home and there are some small changes to some existing questions.

She added that a lot of the questions on the form are required under EU legislation so do not change much.

The competition for enumerators opens at 9am on census.ie.

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