Recession - managing and planning

CIfA recession plan

CIfA recognises that the sector is currently experiencing difficulty as a result of the economic climate. Following a meeting of Executive committee on 17 December 2008 and Council on 14 January 2009, a number of measures were put in place to assist CIfA members and Registered Organisations. Some elements of the recession plan have been carried over to the current financial year.

Job losses in archaeology - information gathering

Late in 2008, anecdotal information came to our attention, that the economic decline, and in particular the slump in housing construction, was having a negative impact on commercial archaeological practice.

Together with FAME (the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers), CIfA has approached a selection of archaeological employers on a regular basis, to gather statistical data on any job losses in the sector. This is to substantiate the impact of the current economic situation and to support the archaeological profession as a whole through this period of uncertainty. The quarterly reports can be downloaded below.

Job Losses in Archaeology Reports (PDF files)

We will continue to track changes in the situation until further notice.

CIfA recession seminar

February 2009 - Museum at Docklands, London

As mentioned in the Recession plan, CIfA organised a seminar to discuss ways of for individuals and organisations can best plan to survive the recession. The following is a brief report of the day.

CIfA Recession documents (PDF files, unless where stated)


On 23 March 2009, representatives of CIfA, ALGAO and FAME met to agree how the three organisations will work together to get through the recession.

Note for Administrators and Liquidators of Archaeological Organisations

CIfA hopes that none of its members will ever need to refer administrators and liquidators to an advice note on what to do when an archaeological organisation becomes insolvent or goes into administration, but should that situation arise information is now available from CIfA.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further help and advice.