The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) announced that it would conduct an islandwide survey of employees in the Public and Semi Government sectors tomorrow (17).

The survey would be conducted from 9.30am to 11.30am with the participation of all employees of the public and semi government sectors.

The department said that it was a long felt need to enumerate all employees of the public and semi government sector, and to compile demographic and socio economic information of these employees.

Information compiled through the census tomorrow will be vital for policymaking and further improving the quality of the public service, the DCS says.

DCS has also launched a website containing all material (questionnaires, instructions, code list etc.) that will be used for the census and this site has been included in the department website (

Audio visual instructions on filling each and every question of the questionnaire in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages are also included in this website.

The first of this kind was conducted in 1968 by the Public Administration Ministry with DCS’ technical support to enumerate only the permanent employees in the public sector.