The latest Archaeological Market Survey report is now available

The latest Archaeological Market Survey report shows record levels of commercial investment and employment for archaeologists in the UK.

Key Findings
• £239m investment in the economy through applied archaeology

• In financial year 2017-18 the sector grew in terms of the number of employees , financial turnover and profit levels.

• 6,812 people were employed as professional archaeologists in 2017-18; more than have ever been before, with 13% from the EU

• The majority of businesses in the sector expected to expand significantly in the next year (2018-19) (e.g. in premises, vehicles, capital equipment)

• The overwhelming majority of income came from private sector clients (83%, a slight increase from 81% in 2016-17) with residential housing as the biggest sector, but infrastructure projects were also important.

• Much of this investment is dependent on the planning process having access to expert archaeological advice

• East Anglia and the East Midlands were identified as the most prolific regions for archaeological investment as part of development

• Despite this, the sector’s confidence in the future of the market was declining, and had been since 2015

• Brexit and the under-resourcing of local government planning advice were still considered to be major concerns for the sector

You can download the full report at

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