Profiling the Profession 2020, the updated labour market intelligence report for professional archaeology in the UK.
The grants that universities in England receive for teaching archaeology may be cut by 50%.
All archaeologists working in the UK are graduates. Not every recipient of an archaeology degree goes on to work in archaeology, but those that do provide tangible, quantifiable benefits to the country that are worth a quarter of a billion pounds every year.
Five years ago, HBI’s Christopher Dore gave a lecture to the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME). The U.K. was on the verge of an archaeological labor shortage and Dore was asked to talk about the lessons learned from the U.S. archaeological/CRM labor shortage of the middle 2000s, from approximately 2005-2007, and ending with the economic crisis or “great recession” in 2008. He presented things that U.K. firms could do, in advance, to minimize the problems that a labor shortage brings.
It is time to revisit those lessons.