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Who the individual census questions are for

The individual census questions are for:

COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the circumstances in your household. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

Q1. What is your name

There is space to write in up to 18 letters on the paper form.  Write one letter in each box. If you do not have enough space, write in as much as you can. 

You don’t need to include any previous names such as maiden names. Be consistent with the names listed in question H1 of the household form. 

New-born babies that have not been named should be recorded as “Baby” for first name and their parent’s last name.

Q2. What is your relationship to person 1?

Additional guidance:

  • include adopted children in the 'Son or daughter' category
  • include foster child in the 'Unrelated - other' category
  • include half-brothers and half-sisters in the ‘Brother or sister’ category
  • if you live together as a couple but are not married or in a civil partnership select 'partner'

Q3. On 21 March 2021, were you present in Jersey?

Answer this question in relation to where you actually are on the night of Sunday 21 March 2021.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the circumstances in your household. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

If you're absent from Jersey

If you're absent from Jersey, another household member can complete the census on your behalf, or you can fill it in when you return.

Absent from Jersey means that you're usually resident in Jersey, but are temporarily away from your permanent or family home. For example:

  • students at university or boarding school
  • away on business or living away from home whilst working
  • on holiday or travelling for less than one year
  • staying, or expecting to stay, in an establishment such as a hospital or care home for less than 6 months
  • visiting friends or relatives
  • absent on military service
  • in prison for less than 6 months

If you're staying at an address in Jersey other than your permanent or family home on census night

You must:

  • select ‘absent from this address but in Jersey’
  • still complete all the individual questions on the census questionnaire for your permanent or family home
  • be listed as a visitor at the address where you're staying on census night

Q4. What is your sex?

This question is vital for understanding population growth and equality monitoring. Select either “Female” or “Male”.

If you're considering how to answer, use the sex recorded on your birth certificate or Gender Recognition Certificate.

If you're aged 16 years or over, there is a later voluntary question on gender. This asks if your gender is different from your sex registered at birth. If it is different, you can then record your gender identity.

Why we ask this question

This question is key to understanding trends in the population and has been asked since 1821. It also helps your local community by allowing charities, organisations, and government to understand what services people might need.

This information can be used for equality monitoring between groups of people of different sexes. Your answer also helps public bodies to identify discrimination or social exclusion based on sex, and work to stop it from happening.

Answering on behalf of someone else

If you’re answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they would answer. If they’re away, select the answer you think they would give.

Q5. What is your date of birth?

If your are completing the paper form, write in the day month and year in the format dd mm yyyy. There is space to write in 2 numbers for the day, 2 numbers for the month and 4 numbers for the year. Use one number per box.

If you don't know the date of birth, estimate it as best you can.

Q6. Where were you born?

If your country of birth is not listed, select 'Other European country' or 'Elsewhere' and enter the country name.

If you select ‘Other European country’ or 'Elsewhere' also enter the name of the country. If there is not enough space for the full country name, write in as much as you can.

In some cases you can shorten the name of the country, for example for the United States of America, you can write in 'USA'.

If the name and / or boundaries of your country of birth have changed, write in the current name of the country.

Q7. When did your present period of residence in Jersey begin?

If you were born in Jersey and have not left Jersey for an extended length of time (more than a year), select ‘at birth’.

Ignore:

  • periods of absence on holiday
  • absences that are less than a year
  • time spent at university
  • absences during the Occupation years

If you have not lived in Jersey continuously since birth, enter the year when your present period of residence began. For example someone who was born and brought up in Jersey, but spent several years abroad before returning to live should write in the year when they returned.

If you can't remember the exact year that you arrived in Jersey, estimate the year as best you can.

Q8. What is your cultural and ethnic background?

If you're unsure of your ethnic group, you should select the option that you think is most appropriate.

If you select any of the 'Other' boxes, also write in the ethnic group.

If you're writing in an ethnic group on the paper form and there is not enough space, write in as much as you can.

If you feel that none of the options provided are appropriate to identify your ethnic group, select the 'Other' option under the most appropriate section (A, B, C,  or D) and enter your ethnic group. This ensures that people can record their ethnic group in whatever way they wish.

Q9. How is your health in general?

Choose the option that best describes your overall state of health currently. You can consider any aspect of your health that you think is relevant. If your health varies, you should select the answer that you feel best describes your health most of the time.

If you’re answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they’re away, select the answer you think they would choose.

Q10. Do you have any physical or mental health conditions or illnesses lasting or expecting to last 12 months or more?

Consider conditions that always affect you and those that flare up from time to time. These may include, for example, sensory conditions, developmental conditions or learning impairments.

It's up to you how you answer this question. If you believe you have a physical or mental health condition or illness that will last 12 months or more, select 'Yes'.

If you don’t have any health conditions, or if any you do have are not expected to last 12 months or more, select 'No'.

Remember to include physical or mental health conditions:

  • that are not curable, even if medication or treatment can control symptoms
  • that you're likely to have for the rest of your life
  • that flare up from time to time, even if the flare up doesn't last 12 months, for example, eczema
  • that may not be perceived as serious and don't affect day-to-day activities, but are still long lasting
  • that are managed by treatment and lifestyle adjustments and don't affect day-to-day activities, but are still long lasting

Don't include temporary conditions, however serious they might be.

Examples of physical or mental health conditions or illnesses:

  • sensory conditions, for example, sight and hearing loss
  • mental health conditions or illnesses, for example, anxiety, depression and eating disorders
  • developmental conditions, for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • genetic conditions, for example, Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis
  • learning impairments, for example, dyslexia and processing issues
  • heart and other circulatory conditions, for example, heart disease and high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • respiratory conditions, for example, asthma
  • digestive conditions, for example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn's disease
  • seasonal conditions that recur or are expected to recur in the future, for example, hay fever

Q11. Do any of your conditions or illnesses reduce your ability to carry out day-to-day activities?

Think about how much your current day-to-day activities are affected. Include any impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on your conditions or illnesses. Day-to-day activities include everyday tasks, for example eating, washing, walking and going shopping.

Consider whether you're still affected while receiving any treatment, medication or using any devices for your condition or illness. For example, if you use a hearing aid and are not restricted in carrying out your day-to-day activities when doing so, select “Not at all”.

You should select “Yes, a lot” if you usually need some level of support from family members, friends or personal social services for most normal daily activities.

Q12. This is a routing question and does not require a response on the paper form, just follow the instruction.


Q13. What is your legal marital status?

There is no option for ‘single’ because, although commonly used, it is a relationship status, not a legal status. This question is asking about your specific legal status.

If you think you fall into multiple categories, select the category that best describes your current status. If you have divorced and remarried you would choose remarried.

If you're living with a long-term partner, select your current legal status only. 

If you were married or entered in to a civil partnership abroad and that enables you to be recognised as such in Jersey select ‘Married’ or ‘in a registered civil partnership’.

If you were married in the last few days, as long as the ceremony has actually taken place and you have had an official marriage ceremony which is legally recognised by Jersey law, you should select ‘Married’.

Q14. Which of these best describes your sexual orientation

This question is voluntary, so you can leave it blank if you prefer.

You can choose from the following options: 

  • straight / heterosexual: a person is attracted to people of the opposite sex
  • gay or lesbian: a person is attracted to people of the same sex
  • bisexual: a person is attracted to more than one sex
  • other sexual orientation: enter your answer, for example, pansexual or asexual

Do not record your gender identity here. The next question is about gender identity.

Answering on behalf of someone else

If you’re answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they’re away, select the answer you think they would choose. This question is voluntary, so it can be left blank if they would prefer.

Don’t want to share a form with your household?

If you, or someone you live with, would prefer to keep your answers private from other people in your household, you can ask for a personal form, which is called an individual form.

Don’t worry if you’re already included on the household form. You can still submit a personal form and we’ll take care of the rest.

Contact us to request an individual form on +44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

Why we ask this question

Your answers help your local community by allowing charities, organisations, and government to understand what services people might need.

This information is used to monitor equality between groups of people of different sexual orientations. Equality monitoring helps make sure that everyone is treated fairly.

This is the first time this question has been asked on the Jersey census.

Q15. Is your gender the same as the sex you were registered at birth?

This question is voluntary, so you can leave it blank if you prefer. We ask this question of people who are aged 16 years old and over.

It is up to you how you answer this question.

Select 'Yes' if:

  • you identify as female and your sex registered at birth was female
  • you identify as male and your sex registered at birth was male

Select 'No' if:

  • your gender identity is different to the sex recorded on your birth certificate when you were born, for example if you're transgender or non-binary
  • if you answered "No", give the term you use to describe your gender. This is also voluntary, so you can leave it blank if you prefer

Why we ask this question

Your answers help your local community by allowing charities, organisations, and government to understand what services people might need.

Information about gender can be used to monitor equality between groups of people of different genders. Equality monitoring helps make sure that everyone is treated fairly.

This is the first time this question has been asked on the Jersey census.

Don’t want to share a form with your household?

If you, or someone you live with, would prefer to keep your answers private from other people in your household, you can ask for a personal form, which is called an individual questionnaire.

Don’t worry if you’re already included on the household form. You can still submit a personal form and we’ll take care of the rest.

Contact us to request an individual form on +44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

Answering on behalf of someone else

If you’re answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they’re away, select the answer you think they would choose. This question is voluntary, so it can be left blank if they would prefer.

Q16. Which of these describes your status for housing and work?

Your residential / employment status determines where you can work and live. 

Your status is printed on your registration card if you have one. If your card lists a temporary residential status and you received it recently, this is most likely your current status. However if you received a temporary status some years ago, you may now qualify for another status if you meet the requirements.

Additional guidance:

  • Entitled (previously a-h category) includes:
    • someone who has lived in Jersey for 10 years or more and can work for any employer and can rent or buy any property
    • someone who has been granted Entitled status on hardship grounds (previously g-category)
    • someone who has been granted Entitled status on economic grounds (previously k-category)

Licensed: granted to essential employees where the employer has a specific permission to employ them (previously j-category)

Registered: previously known as “non-qualified” for both housing and work purposes

If you don’t have 'Entitled' status (residential housing qualifications) but your partner does:

  • if you had Registered status and you married or entered a civil partnership with someone with 'Entitled', 'Entitled to work', or 'Licensed' status, then you're granted 'Entitled for work status', even if you have not lived in Jersey for 5 or more years (if you have since lived in Jersey for 10 years or more on a continuous basis, you should have 'Entitled' status)
  • if you're not married or in a civil partnership with your partner, then you would not have 'Entitled' status through your partner; answer with your own status

If you're unsure of your status you can find more information about Residential and employment statuses and what they mean or contact us for advice, call +44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

Q17. Which of these qualifications to do you have?

Each box has a list of qualifications. The list simply shows all the qualifications that are included in that category so you can select the option if you have any of the qualifications in the list.

If a qualification is not listed, you should tick the box that has its nearest equivalent. If you do not know the nearest equivalent, tick the 'Other' option and write in the highest qualification that you have obtained.

If your qualifications were gained outside the United Kingdom and you know the UK equivalent, select the appropriate option or options. If you do not know the nearest equivalent, select the ‘Other’ option and write in the highest qualification that you have obtained.

Include any recent qualifications, even if you haven’t received a certificate yet. 

Do not include any qualifications you have not yet obtained or have not yet received exam results for.

Q18. Employment status

This question is asking you about your circumstances last week (Sunday 14 March to Saturday 20 March inclusive). 

If you're doing unpaid work, for example on work experience or voluntary work select ‘Other’, and write in the type and place of work.

If you're working unpaid for your own or family's business, select the relevant ‘working for an employer’ or ‘self-employed’ option that best describes the type of work you were doing.

If you're retired but also working, tick the relevant ‘working for an employer’ or ‘self-employed’ option that best describes the type of work you were doing and ‘retired from paid work’

If you consider the reason you're not working is because you have a long-term sickness or disability, then tick ‘unable to work because of long-term sickness or disability’

If you're temporarily away from work

This question is asking you about your circumstances last week (Sunday 14 March to Saturday 20 March inclusive), so tick the option that best describes what you were doing last week. 

If you were on annual leave last week, tick the relevant ‘working for an employer’ or ‘self-employed’ option that best describes the type of employment you were in.

If you're on maternity leave, but are still employed and are planning to return to your job after your maternity leave, tick the relevant ‘working for an employer’ or ‘self-employed’ option that best describes the type of employment you were in.

COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed your employment status. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now (in the week of Sunday 14 March to Saturday 20 March inclusive). 

If you're temporarily not working because your place of work is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you're still employed and receiving pay, select the 'working for employer' or 'self-employed' option that best describes the work you were doing.

If you're on the Government Co-Funded Payroll Scheme select the 'working for employer' or 'self-employed' option that best describes the work you were previously doing.

Q19. Have you done any paid work over the last seven days (even if just for an hour)

If you are currently on the Government Co-Funded Payroll Scheme then this is considered as being in paid work.

This is a routing question as doesn not require a response on the paper form.

Q20. What is the full title of your main job?

How to answer:

  • write in the job title
  • do not state your grade or pay band
  • answer this question for your main job (the one in which you usually work the most hours)
  • if you can't remember your full job title enter the job title as best you can.

 There is space to write in up to 36 characters for the job title. If there is not enough space, enter as much as you can, using one character per box.

Q21. Briefly outline what you do in your main job

Write in a short description of what you do in your main job.

There is space to write in up to 36 characters of the description of what you do in your main job. If there is not enough space to write in the full description, enter as much as you can, using one character per box.

Q22. How many hours per week do you usually work in your main job?

Write in the number of hours to the nearest whole hour. So if you work 30.5 hours per week, round it up to 31.

Remember to answer this question for your main job; the one which you usually work the most hours.

If the number of hours you work is less than one hour, write in '1'. If you work 99 hours or more, write in '99'.

If you usually work different hours each week, write in an average of the hours you worked over the past 4 weeks (or in a typical week).

Do not include time spent on unpaid breaks or overtime.

If you're temporarily away from work, such as on maternity or paternity leave, answer about the hours you were working prior to being away from work.

COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the hours you're working.  If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

If you're currently away from work because you're on the Government Co-Funded Payroll Scheme, in quarantine, or self-isolating, answer about the hours you were working before being away from work.

Q23. How many hours do you work in any additional jobs that you have?

Write in the number of hours to the nearest whole hour. If you have more than one additional job, write in the total hours you work for all your additional jobs.

Q24. In your main job, what is the name of the organisation you work for?

There is space to write in up to 36 characters of the name of the organisation you work for. If there is not enough space to write in the full name, enter as much as you can, using one letter per box.

If you're self-employed in your own organisation, write in the business name.

Q25. In your main job, what is the address of your workplace?

Write in the full address of your place of work.

If you work from home, or have no fixed workplace, select the relevant option.

If you work between more than one premises, write in the address of the workplace where you spend the majority of your time.

If you're working from home due to COVID-19 select 'I work from home'.

If you're currently working and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has affected where you mainly work, select the answer that best describes your current circumstances.

If you're away from work on the Government Co-funded Payroll Scheme, in quarantine or self-isolating, answer about where you mainly worked before being away from work.

Q26. How do you usually travel to work?

Select the option to describe the longest part, by distance, of your usual journey to work.

If you use different forms of transport on different days, select the option for the one you use most often.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed how you travel to work. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

If you're away from work on the Government Co-funded Payroll Scheme, in quarantine or self-isolating, answer about how you used to travel to work before your circumstances changed.

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We take data confidentiality very seriously and we want you to feel safe about sharing your personal information with us.

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Lost your form?

If you've lost your paper census form, contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us and we can post your household access code to you.

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