CIfA minimum salaries from April 2016

At its meeting on 22 October, CIfA’s governing Board of Directors considered whether to increase the recommended minimum salaries levels from April 2016 and, if so, by how much. The discussions were informed by

  • CIfA’s primary role to promote high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society
  • CIfA’s published policy position on recommended minimum salaries as outlined at
  • the 2013 IfA Council resolutions recognising that the proposed programme of above-inflation increases agreed in 2007 had not proved to be an effective mechanism in the light of economic circumstances but that minimum salaries had played a role in preventing cuts to pay and may continue to do so in the future.
  • A paper commissioned from CIfA staff collating general pay and inflation data for the UK as well as sector specific information from the annual State of the Market and Jobs in British Archaeology surveys
  • Feedback on the paper and advice from CIfA’s Advisory Council
  • Feedback from the Industry Working Group, (originally comprising FAME, Prospect and CIfA, now expanded to include ALGAO and Diggers’ Forum)
  • Reported progress against CIfA’s action plan 2014-16 issued in support of the Joint Statement on Pay issued by CIfA, FAME and Prospect in 2014
  • The need to balance issues of affordability and the impact of the decision on Registered Organisations (and in particular, their ability to invest in training and development), the state of the market across the UK at present, the need to recruit and retain skilled professionals within the industry and CIfA’s strategic aim to achieve parity of respect and reward with other professions by 2020

The Board concluded that recommended minimum salaries should increase from April 2016 to

  • PCIfA £ 17,645
  • ACIfA £ 20,560
  • MCIfA £ 26,567

A fuller report on CIfA’s progress against the action plan can be found on our website
The action plan can be found here