Two and a half weeks before the start of the 2022 census, numerous helpers who carry out the citizen surveys are still missing in Bavaria. The State Office for Statistics in Fürth announced on Thursday that 2,000 interviewers were still being sought throughout Bavaria. According to the statistics office, a total of 20,000 interviewers are needed in Bavaria. Not only did they do meaningful work for society, they could also earn something tax-free. The amount of the sum depends on the number of addresses allocated, so on average there are around 800 euros. These are not offset against social benefits such as Hartz IV. In addition, travel expenses will be reimbursed.
A map on the Statistics Office’s website shows that helpers are still being sought in about half of the Bavarian counties. In most of the larger cities – with the exception of Memmingen, Regensburg and Bamberg – the need has already been met. The census actually takes place every ten years, but this time it was postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the corona pandemic. From May 16th, a randomly selected part of the population will be surveyed throughout Germany, in Bavaria this affects more than two million citizens. It is about age, marital status or living and working situation. The results are the basis for many political and economic decisions.