General

The information gathered from a population and housing census, for example, number of people residing in a country, their distribution, their living conditions and other key data are critical for national development. Census data are essential for policy makers, entrepreneurs, private sector, civil society and faith-based organisations and the general public to make informed decisions.

The population and housing census is one of the most important sources of statistics for a country. In Jamaica, the Census is the primary source of reliable, basic data for small geographic areas.

Yes. All residents of Jamaica are legally required to complete the Census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act. Section 3(1)(a) and (b) of the Statistics Act excludes census information from information that is given on a voluntary basis. A person who refuses to provide information during a census may be found guilty of a section 19(b) offence under the Statistics Act.

No. However names are needed to ensure that every person in each household is counted only once.

The Census questionnaires capture information on individuals who are usual residents of Jamaica and the housing stock islandwide. The information collected includes demographics, employment characteristics, education, health, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), crime, disability, transportation, religion, fertility etc.

Census takers are issued a photo identification card by the Census Office (Statistical Institute of Jamaica). The Census taker should present his or her ID card when introducing him or herself to you. You may verify that the person is a census taker, by contacting the Census Office’s hotline, STATIN or by checking the verification section of the 2022 Census website.

Census Day will be April 4, 2022 in Jamaica. However, data collection will take approximately four months to be completed.

The data will be used by the Government, international development partners and other civic society groups to address social and economic issues in the country. The data are also available for use by the general public including students.  

No incentive will be given for your participation in the Census. However, your participation is key in providing the data that will be used by the Government, international development partners and other civic society groups to address social and economic issues in communities.  

You are required to answer questions that are applicable to you and your household.

Recruitment

The population and housing census will have a varied number of jobs.  The majority of jobs however, will be for the purposes of data collection, namely census taker and census supervisor.  There will also be a limited number of administrative/management, and technical jobs available.

The responsibilities of Census Takers and Supervisors will differ. A Census Taker will report to a Census Supervisor.

Some of responsibilities that each Census Taker will undertake are as follows:

  • carry out any instructions issued by the census officer, census area manager or by the census supervisor in connection with the taking of the census;
  • list every building in the enumeration district to which he is assigned on the relevant census form;
  • visit personally, every inhabited or habitable dwelling in the enumeration district(s) to which he is assigned, and fill in accurately and faithfully census forms with respect to each dwelling;

Some of the responsibilities that each Census Supervisor will undertake are as follows:

(a)  assist the census area manager with the recruitment and testing of census takers where necessary;

(b)  assist in conducting training classes if required to do so;

(c)  assign or re-assign census takers to the enumeration districts within the supervisor’s area;

A complete job description for each of the positions that will be available will be posted on the 2022 Census website and in the newspapers.

The Census will employ over 6,000 persons in various capacities.

You will be able to apply for a Census job using the job application portal on the Census website.

Census takers are issued a photo identification card by the Census Office (Statistical Institute of Jamaica). The Census taker should present his or her ID card when introducing him or herself to you. You may verify that the person is a census taker, by contacting the Census Office’s hotline, STATIN or by checking the verification section of the 2022 Census website.

Yes.  It must be noted however that for other public sector employees, you must obtain the prior written permission from their Permanent Secretary and/or Head of Agency.

The Census Taker will be paid on a basis of a completed questionnaire.  This simply means that for each completed questionnaire, the Census Taker will receive a per questionnaire rate.   There will be a household questionnaire and an individual questionnaire.  The rate for each type of questionnaire will be different.  It must be noted however, that payment is not automatic.  Any completed questionnaire submitted by the Census Taker, will be subjected to quality and verification checks before payment is authorized.

This will be dependent on the type of Census job. 

Data Security

STATIN takes every precaution to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to any information captured during the Census. Our security systems involve a combination of data encryption and network security equipment, to protect unauthorized access to Census information. Any data that is transmitted to our web servers is encrypted and stored on STATIN’s secure internal network, and is made accessible only to authorized employees of STATIN.

STATIN is mandated by law to ensure the security, confidentiality and integrity of all sensitive data captured on tablets. Tablets are configured to use native Android security services and our web-based services employ the use of encryption to ensure secure connectivity between the Tablets used by census takers and STATIN’s internal systems.