CIfA works with a range of partners, including Historic England and FAME to ensure that accurate labour market intelligence is available for the sector. Initiatives include Profiling the Profession, designed to gather information about everybody working in archaeology and the historic environment and the Archaeological Market Surveys, which provide a snapshot of the market for archaeological services on an annual basis.
This series of Archaeological market surveys collects data on the market for archaeological services on an annual basis. The surveys are undertaken by Landward Research Ltd on behalf of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, FAME and Historic England and provide invaluable information on the nature of the archaeological market and its contribution to the UK economy.
Profiling the profession
This series of Profiling the profession are undertaken by Landward Research Ltd.
The economic transformation since 2007-08 significantly affected employment in archaeology, resulting in the sector being considerably smaller in 2012-13.
- Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2007/08 (PDF file) Authors: Kenneth Aitchison (CIfA) and Rachel Edwards (Arboretum Archaeological Consultancy) Published by the Institute of field archaeologists
Over 2000 employers and individual archaeologists were asked to submit data for their organisation as it related on 13 August 2007.
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists was funded to undertake this project by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci II fund, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments and the Environment and Heritage Service (DoE Northern Ireland).
It was part of a wider project, Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe, which collected data on archaeological employment in ten European countries, with funding from the Leonardo da Vinci II fund.
- Archaeology labour market intelligence: profiling the profession 2002/03 (PDF file) Authors: Kenneth Aitchison (CIfA) & Rachel Edwards (Arboretum Archaeological Consultancy). Published by the Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation.
This report addressed the whole of the archaeology profession and included volunteers (unpaid staff) along with those in paid employment.
- Profiling the profession: a survey of archaeological jobs in the UK 1999 (PDF file) Author: Kenneth Aitchison (Landward Archaeology). Published by the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and the Institute of Field Archaeologists.
The first profiling the profession was the first comprehensive survey ever conducted into archaeological employment in the UK. It was undertaken with seven objectives:
- to identify the numbers of professional archaeologists working in Britain
- to analyse whether the profession is growing, static or shrinking
- to identify the range of jobs
- to identify the numbers employed in each job type
- to identify the range of salaries, and terms and conditions, applying to each job type
- to identify differences in employment patterns between different geographical areas
- to help those seeking to enter the profession