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Field Interviewer.

Diane joined the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for its flexibility, allowing her to work around family commitments. She now hopes she will be a Field Interviewer at the ONS for years to come.

I’ve been a Field Interviewer since 2009, and I was initially attracted to the role because of the flexibility that the ONS offers. It also means that I’m able to work around my family commitments.

When I first started, I had three school age boys. The flexibility allowed me to go to their sports days and school events while still doing my job. The job has grown, as have the boys, but it still fits into my life well.

I love the variety of the role and the fact that every day is different. I enjoy being able to chat to people from all walks of life and getting a little insight into their lives. ​

Because we are the public face of the organisation, I think Field Interviewers have a really important role within the ONS. We can reassure people and give a human face to the statistics we publish.

When I knock on a door, people often tell me that they were worried a letter they received was not genuine. But once they have spoken to me, they feel reassured and are happy to take part.

I feel proud when I see our statistics being used to illustrate what is happening in the world.

The job is ever changing and updating but I hope to be involved for many years to come.