Census going ahead but more workers needed

| 06/10/2021 | 89 Comments
Cayman News Service
Census worker (from ESO social media)

(CNS): The Economics and Statistics Office is looking for 40 more census enumerators to work on Grand Cayman. Despite the community spread of the virus, the ESO is still going ahead with the national count, which was put off from last year. The work is for up to eight weeks and requires the counters to go door to door and collect data for the official census, which kicks off on Sunday 10 October.

The ESO said they are looking for people who are quick learners, preferably with survey-conducting and computer-related experience, and are available to train this week and prepared to work in any district. The individuals must be Caymanians or permanent residents with the right to work or government employees on contracts.

Equally importantly, the applicants must have clean police records, health insurance, access to a properly licensed motor vehicle, a valid driver’s licence and be properly insured to legally drive.

Applicants who meet these criteria and wish to work as enumerators for the next six to eight weeks can download the official application forms from either here or here and send in the completed forms as soon as possible, since time is of the essence.

The form seeks full contact details in order that applicants can be contacted quickly to undergo and complete training before field work begins. 

Applicants can also contact Census 2021 Coordinator Andrelene Royal on 244-4602 or at andrelene.royal@gov.ky for more information.

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  1. Cdn. says:

    In Canada we had a census recently. You had the choice to do it online, or get a hard copy in the mail to fill out. Nobody knocked on your door. Get in The 21st Century C.I.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just get the people receiving the 1500$ stipend to do it…?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, in the first world, you get an email, or QR mail drop, with order to submit your info online within 14 days, or you might get a fine. There are no people with clipboards anymore asking if you how many radios you have, or if you have a mobile phone, computer, or internet. This information is meaningless unless the state onboards that data and uses it to shape future policy, such as scrapping antiquated ESO home visits. What year is this?

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell me is it really important to do a census during a pandemic. ESO ya trying to justify your existence nah. If any of youse come to my house be prepared to get a NO entry welcome, stupid stupid stupid. Come on PACT. Cha!

    • Anonymous says:

      I could be mistaken but I believe that most of the census workers (at least everyone that came to my house previously) are civil servants. Since they are not mandated to take the vaccination I really cannot allow them to enter my home. I am a retiree with compromised immune issues. Sorry I cannot help you at this time.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Equally importantly, the applicants must have clean police records, health insurance, access to a properly licensed motor vehicle, a valid driver’s licence and be properly insured to legally drive.”

    And, erm. . . vaccinated against Covid-19?
    Hello? (tap-tap on the head) Anybody home? We’re in the middle of a PANDEMIC, remember?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Door-to-door census in the middle of a pandemic? Geezum CIG, wake up. This will be — should be– a massive failure, a ridiculous waste of time. THE CENSUS HAS TO WAIT.

    • Anonymous says:

      If they get paid by the household, I feel sorry for the worker, who in their right mind will open up to some stranger going house to house?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Even if they are vaccinated, they can still spread the virus, so I am not sure whats the big deal

    CNS: The Atlantic – No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People

    • Gab counters says:

      They need to know how many WP holders are in the islands so they can get they jab. Everyone counts.

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS: That’s not what the poster said:

      CNS: I wasn’t correcting. I added more information to better explain the situation.

    • Anonymous says:

      The big deal is 40 people going door to door during a pandemic is simply absurd: brainless — what if one of the enumerators tests positive for Covid-19? Every one of the households will have to be isolated and tested. I’ll not open the door to an enumerator and most of my associates have said the same thing. If the CIG allows this to go ahead they’ve lost my vote.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, ya they are. They’re called carriers. A vaxed person might be asymptomatic, but still could have it.

  7. Randy mclean says:

    I am really interested to work with the service and would like to sign up

  8. Anonymous says:

    Over 60, Born in the UK, Caymanian status. That’s all they are getting from me.

  9. A.J. says:

    If an infected census taker pushes your doorbell button, or knocks on your door, that surface will be infected. It can live on surfaces for a while. Sanitize those areas.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t they set up a secure web site – where people can log in and answer the questions?

  11. Anonymous says:

    October 1, 2022

    “The Cayman Islands Government has now released official figures from the latest census, done in October, November, December of 2021, January…..

    The census shows that the population of the Cayman Islands has, in fact, DROPPED. This comes unexpectedly to Government leaders who are scratching their heads as to why their estimates of a 70,000 population number in order to quantify vaccine ratios, on which re-opening policies were based, are off by thousands.

    Spokespersons for the ESO and Ministry of Home Affairs allude to the fact that quite a number of households throughout the islands were not included in the final census tally, quite likely because householders refused to allow census-takers into their homes.

    Government admits that postponing the census should have been considered in light of the trend of increasing community-spread covid cases which occurred just before the census began”.

    “The benefit of hindsight is 20/20” said an enlightened Cabinet spokesperson.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Lawsuit coming your way ESO and Government.

    Are you truly thinking? What moron is going to want to speak with someone at the front of their house with COVID spreading all around.

    Really Gurney Wayne Panton, Cabinet, Deputy Governor and Governor – unna get your heads out of your backside and wake the hell up.

    Really a census at this point – wow, I gave the new Government the benefit of doubt, but now seems there is a lot more doubt and little benefit from them. Just being real and honest, has nothing to do with political affiliation.

  13. Anonymous says:

    With this community spread NO ONE coming to my yard. Census or not. All of my dogs will be loose in my yard. My front door is 15 feet away from my gate, so no one getting in. Thank you.

  14. Anonymous says:


  15. Anonymous says:

    Yes, but even the vaccinated can be carriers and spreaders. There is no way they are coming in my yard.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Because it takes a certain type of person to do this sort of work. Hello!

    • Anonymous says:

      I will gladly work the census. Please send me a plane ticket. Triple vaxxed. Not afraid of covid and have learned to live with covid around. No problem wearing a mask when I can’t social distance and I can enumerate from 6 ft. Outside your door, no need to enter.

      • A says:

        Sadly you have to be a PR holder in need of work or local not on the stipend. So it won’t happen.

      • Anonymous says:

        06 @ 6:29pm – What, another work permit?

      • Anonymous says:

        I would glady do it too. I’d enjoy it and find it interesting. But I am the spouse of someone with PR therefore I am not allowed to apply. I’ve lived here 15 years, you would think they would let me do it, but no. I understand, jobs have to be protected for Caymanians to do them. Let’s hope they have enough people who want to do it.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I applied to do the job and have previous experience. Didn’t hear a word from them….

  18. Anonymous says:

    My dogs have been trained to sniff out the unvaccinated. Trust me when I tell you they won’t even get close to my door.

  19. Anonymous says:

    They be getting the same treatment as the SDA’s

  20. Anonymous says:

    So many households in isolation – they need to rethink this! Bad idea.
    I won’t be opening my door!

    • Anonymous says:

      Can enumerate thru a screen window or door. No need to get close to people to do this job.

      • Anonymous says:

        The ‘rona is not a mosquito borne disease.

      • Anonymous says:

        have you been thru it before? It’s not a 2min questionnaire.

        • Anonymous says:

          I did the job in the states. Unless it is completely different in Cayman, it does take a bit of time, but if you are really busy, please just tell the enumerator how many people live in your household. That is the most important info. That is needed on the form.

  21. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    The worst time ever to do a door to door census. What the **** is wrong with this govt.
    Since this pandemic kicked off I have only opened my door to friends and that’s the way it will stay for the foreseeable future.
    Unless it’s members of the RCIP who have a warrant…….after they show me their vax cert.

    PACT can’t have it more ways than one when they feel like it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know how much they pay?

    • Anonymous says:

      $40 for every completed or partially completed form. Each census worker will get about 200 homes. Good pay for ticking off boxes. It should be mandatory that they are vaccinated or, if not, they should have to tell the home owners. I won’t let them in without proof of vaccination.

    • Anonymous says:

      Less than the stipend

  23. Anonymous says:

    Superspreader census. Nope.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Why is this door to door and not online. It’s 2021 for god’s sake.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I will be asking to see their vaccine card.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Ummm, Permanent Residents have no right to work as Census Enumerators unless their PR Certificate expressly provides that title as a permitted role. You would not want to be causing the commission of immigration offenses, would you ESO?

    CNS: The only issue here is comprehension skills. 2nd para – “or permanent residents with the right to work”.

    • Anonymous says:

      The right to work extends only to their stated profession at time of application Nicky. You should know this.

      CNS: Permanent residents with the right to work can only work in the private sector in their stated fields, which corresponds to the work permit they were on when they applied for PR. They can do anything for government, where the work permit system does not apply. Spouses of Caymanians who are not Caymanians themselves get Residency & Employment Rights Certificates, which means they can do anything anyway.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hopefully they are all PR holders so we know they are vaccinated

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually CNS, the exemption from the work permit system ceases to apply once you are a Permanent Resident. All Permanent Residents are restricted to employment in the particular occupation stated on their certificate. This is true whether or not the employer is the Government. For example, if a prison officer with PR wishes to be a police officer, they must first seek and obtain a variation of their PR certificate. There is no such title as “civil servant.” The particular occupation must be specified.

        CNS: OK, I’m open to being corrected. I’ll ask the ESO, since their release started this.

        • Anonymous says:

          They’ll just hide behind what they believe to be a blanket exemption from releasing any information.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Why are stipend recipients not doing this job (assuming they meet the requirements). Why are paying people to do this when so many are “unemployed “?

  28. Anonymous says:

    I completely agree with other comments. These days I will not allow any adult who cannot show proof of vaccination into my yard let alone my house. Having census takers who are not vaccinated in the middle of a Delta variant outbreak is ridiculous but sadly consistent with other bad decisions recently by this government (that I supported).

  29. Anonymous says:

    No requirement to be vaccinated? There is not a chance I will cooperate in any in person sessions.

    • Anonymous says:

      They do not need to come close to you. Put on your mask and stand 6 ft. Away from them. Stop making such a big deal out of everything.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Perfect opportunity for the unemployed Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      You have to be able to read and do basic math for the job. Big problem for a lot of unemployed Caymanians.

      They are unemployed for a reason.

  31. If knowing the actual population was important says:

    PAC should have brought this process forward to May or June. It easily could have been done.

    No idea why they waited and now we have community spread and people are not comfortable with Randoms popping up on their front porch. Especially given the unknown vaccination status.

  32. Anonymous says:

    With the way COVID is spreading locally I would appreciate that they don’t visit my house. I am more than happy to fill out a form online but will not be entertaining anyone that is not an immediate member of my family visiting my home.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and need to scan their vaccine QR code before speaking with them.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Personal health threat. I will not meet with unvaccinated cenus takers.

    • Anonymous says:

      I won’t meet with any census takers, jabbed or not.

      • Anonymous says:

        The delta variant LAUGHS at the ‘vaccine’ and infects freely! Read the news. Of the delta DEATHS in the UK – Feb to Aug, 2/3 were ‘vaccinated!!’

  35. Anonymous says:

    No vaccine, no info.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I am ‘following the science’ and will social distance from census takers by not opening my door. We don’t know where they have been and for all we know they could have visited a house with covid infected persons. No reason this cannot be an online census.

  37. Anonymous says:

    But they don’t have to be vaccinated….?

  38. Anonymous says:

    They also better be vaccinated otherwise no info from me!

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