All of the temporary posts were advertised in the press. They were also advertised in the local employment offices of the Department of Social Welfare to encourage suitable persons on the live register to apply. The advertisements indicated that preference would be given to persons who were not in paid employment.
Senior CSO staff either conducted or chaired the interview boards which selected the supervisory grades. The temporary supervisors in turn interviewed applicants for the enumerator posts. The CSO made the enumerator appointments following detailed examination of the returns from the various interview boards.
Appointment to the various temporary field posts was on the basis of open competitive interview, subject to location constraints, with preference being given to persons not in paid employment. These procedures were approved in advance and I am perfectly satisfied with the operation of the selection process.