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Diggers' Forum survey of travel and away work

Coinciding with the relaunch of its newsletter the Diggers’ Forum is holding an online survey of travel and away work in British commercial archaeology. The survey addresses two of the big ‘unknowns’ in commercial archaeology: the amount of travel and driving we all do, and the amount of away work and its affect on our lives and careers. The survey is relevant to anyone working in UK archaeology who works on site, even if you don’t work away from home.

The survey is held online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/diggersforumtravelsurvey and should take 15–20 minutes, depending on how much you want to say! There is ample opportunity to add personal views and experiences.

The survey will be accessible for the next two months, we’ll also be sending out a survey to employers so that we can see the situation in the round. We will analyse the results and get them out via the Diggers’ Forum newsletter. We hope the survey will give us a valid picture of travel and away work in UK archaeology based on the experiences of fieldworkers. This should allow us to see where there is good practice, where there is room for improvement, and where we may be able to campaign to raise the bar.

Please pass on details of the survey to colleagues and friends, the more of you that fill it out, the better the picture we will have!

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