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« on: February 14, 2011, 03:03:24 PM »

Employees need to know their workplace postcode for census
Businesses throughout the Royal Borough are being asked to make sure employees know the postcode of their place of work so they can record it on their 2011 Census questionnaires.

On or around census day Sunday 27 March every person in England and Wales will be counted by completing either the paper or online questionnaire.

Knowing their workplace postcode is a key piece of information as details of where people live, where they work and how they travel to their place of employment provide important statistics for transport planning and other strategic decisions.

In the 2001 Census nearly eight per cent of questionnaires did not include a workplace postcode. In some parts of the country the figure was as high as 18 per cent and a large number of calls were taken by the census contact centre from people who were unsure about their work address.

Cllr Christine Bateson, Cabinet Member for Community Partnerships and Consultation, said: "While everyone is likely to know their own postcode at home, many won't know the postcode of their workplace.

"As well as asking for an employer's name, the questionnaire also asks for an address and postcode. While the internet makes it easier to look it up, not everyone has access to the web so we are asking all employers to make sure their staff have the right information to enable them to complete this section of the questionnaire."

In addition to underpinning the planning of public services, census statistics are also used extensively by the private sector. Information on such things as the skill and age profile of the workforce and where people live can help businesses decide where to place new offices, factories and other places of work and what training they need to provide for their employees.

For further census information visit www.census.gov.uk
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