Landward Research have completed a report for IfA and FAME on archaeological employment in the second half of 2010; the full report can be read here – Job Losses in Archaeology October 2010 January 2011

The number of people in archaeological employment fell considerably over the six months from 1 July 2010 to 1 January 2011.

It is estimated that on 1 January 2011 there were 5827 people in archaeological employment in the United Kingdom, a fall of 7.6% since July 2010.

3189 of these individuals were working in commercial, applied archaeology, a decrease of 13.1% since July 2010. This figure is 21.0% below the August 2007 peak.

There are now fewer people in archaeological employment than at any time since this series of surveys began in January 2009.

The proportion of businesses that expected to be able to maintain their current staff numbers fell sharply in the three months from July to October 2010, but recovered very slightly in the final three months of 2010. The proportion of businesses that expected market conditions to deteriorate has increased in every quarter of 2010. The overwhelming majority of businesses now expect conditions to be worse in the next year than better. The overwhelming majority of respondents expect some archaeological practices to cease trading in the next twelve months.

For the sixth and seventh quarters in succession the skills needed to conduct and contribute to invasive field investigation were reported as being those that were most frequently being lost.

Note: this report addresses data gathered that related to business conditions on 1 October 2010 and 1 January 2011. It also incorporates data on employment in local government archaeological advisory services that had not been previously considered in this series of reports.

 

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Landward Research has been commissioned by the Higher Education Academy History, Classics and Archaeology subject centre and English Heritage to conduct a survey of archaeological specialists in order to provide trend data in this part of the heritage sector.

It will build upon the results of the Survey of Archaeological Specialists 2000 and provide data suitable for workforce planning. In doing so it will also identify the economic impact of the current economic climate upon their work and indicate any areas where potential skills losses might affect the capacity of the archaeological profession to provide specialist advice. This will then allow priority areas for the delivery of training to be identified. 

Landward Research are currently constructing a database of archaeological specialists who will be invited to contribute to this survey. If you, or your organisation, are interested in contributing, please mail specialistsurvey@landward.eu to be added to the database.

The invitation to contribute will be circulated later in February, and the final report will be produced by the end of March 2011.

Landward Research Ltd is Registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office. All data received will be used only for research purposes. No information that could be used to identify any individual or organisation will be available to any other organisation.

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A new report on job losses and employment within UK commercial archaeology has been produced by Landward Research Ltd. The report, which is on the situation as it was in July 2010, has been published by the Institute for Archaeologists at http://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/node-files/JoblossesJuly2010.pdf.

The number of people in archaeological employment increased markedly over the three months from April to June 2010, with at least one employer finding it difficult to recruit fieldworkers, but simultaneously business confidence in maintaining this growth declined considerably.

It is estimated that 6498 people were working in professional archaeology on 1st July 2010, an increase of 265 (4.3%) on the figure for 1st April 2010. 3669 of these individuals were working in commercial, applied archaeology, an increase of 7.8% on the figure for 1 April 2010. This figure is 9.1% below the August 2007 peak.

The proportion of businesses that expected to be able to maintain their current staff numbers fell in  comparison with three months previously, with the proportion of businesses that expected market conditions to deteriorate  rising significantly.

Unlike at the start of 2010, most businesses now expect conditions to be worse in the next year than better. The overwhelming majority of respondents expect some archaeological practices to cease trading in the next twelve months.

Even though some employers found it difficult to recruit fieldworkers, for the fifth quarter in succession the skills needed to conduct and contribute to invasive field investigation were reported as being those that were most frequently being lost.

Job Losses in Archaeology – July 201...