Minister for Finance and Employment, Clyde Caruana has launched the ten-year population and housing census.
Minister Caruana said that the census is an important exercise for the country because through it the trend and demographic development of our country can be established. He explained that this census costs around € 3 million and involves around 1,300 people so that all the information can be collected and compiled.
Minister Caruana also explained that discussions are currently underway on a new census on the skills of the Maltese people, especially among those who are in jobs. This exercise will be the first of its kind both in our country and in Europe. The minister said that as he has announced a couple of weeks ago, the discussion is currently underway so that our country has a new national employment market policy for the coming years. This new census on skills will be important in order to be able to understand in detail the skills of our country’s human resources and therefore the government will be able to continue to support and strengthen this policy for the coming years.
In addition, this exercise will be important also in the light of what the European Commission has said regarding the targets to be reached by the year 2030 in terms of skills and the people’s participation rate in training. The minister said that for our country to continue to create jobs, it is necessary to know what skills our country has available because only then can the investment made by the government and the private sector be productive. The government will be sending a clear message that in the coming years our country will continue to invest in its people.
Mr Etienne Caruana, Census Officer within the National Statistics Office, explained that as the census is an official measure of people and housing in Malta, its theme is focusing in particular on inclusiveness and is reflected in the chosen slogan ‘Everyone counts’. Mr Caruana thanked all those who participated in the public consultation as well as reminded everyone of the importance of participating in this national census.
During the same conference, Mr Silvan Zammit, Deputy Census Officer, said that this year’s census will reflect a breakthrough in operations thus improving both the quality of the information collected and the time to analyze and publish it. Mr Zammit explained that for the first time, people will be able to fill in the online questionnaire after the necessary details will be sent to all households by post in early October. There will also be the option of completing the questionnaire on paper.
For more information visit census2021.gov.mt.