19 March 2009
OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS CHOOSES CAPITA TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN FOR THE 2011
The Office for National Statistics ("ONS") has selected the Capita Group Plc
("Capita") to recruit and train all the temporary ONS workers who will work as
field staff for the 2011 Census of Population and Housing in England and Wales
and to administer their pay. The contract will be worth around £25 million over
two and a half years.
Capita will be responsible for recruiting around 35,000 temporary workers and
training them to act as field staff under the management of permanent ONS
staff. Capita will also act as the ONS payroll provider for all temporary
employees during the period of the contract. The first major milestone in the
process will be a rehearsal due to take place in October 2009 in three selected
areas of England and Wales - Newham, Lancaster and Ynys Môn, Isle of Anglesey.
The full census will take place on 27 March 2011.
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive of the Capita Group Plc commented: "We are
delighted to have this opportunity to support the census process and look
forward to working with the ONS to ensure that the 2011 census meets its
objectives. Utilising its expertise in three key areas, recruitment, training
and payroll management, Capita will support the ONS in achieving a successful
ONS Census Director Glen Watson said today: "This contract award to Capita is a
significant milestone in our planning for the next census which is now just two
years away. Information from the census helps to inform many decisions made by
central and local governments, about policies, planning and providing services.
The census provides vital information that helps to allocate funding for
national and local services - it's critical that we recruit the right people
for this important nationwide project. Capita have offered us an excellent
solution to help us over the next couple of years to put the ONS nationwide
census team in place."
For further information:
The Capita Group Plc
Tel: 020 7799 1525
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive
Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director
Capita press office
Tel: 0207 654 2152 or 0870 2400 488 (out of hours)
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