• News,  publications

    Archaeological Market Survey 2017-18

    The Archaeological Market Survey for 2017-18 has been published and is available for download: Archaeological Market Survey 2017-18. This report has been produced by Landward Research Ltd on behalf of FAME, CIfA and Historic England. Key Results of the Survey Record levels of commercial investment and employment for archaeologists in the UK. The numbers of people employed as professional archaeologists, both in applied commercial archaeology and across the entire archaeological sector in the UK, were higher 2017-18 than they had ever been before. £239m was invested in the economy through applied archaeology in 2017-18 Despite the sector’s wariness about the future of the market (a major factor in which appears…

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    Launch of Landward Research occasional papers

    We are delighted to announce the launch of Landward Research occasional papers, an editorially reviewed publication series (ISSN 2631-3081), examining the nature of work and employment in cultural heritage and archaeology. The first in this series is a reissue of Doug Rocks-Macqueen’s Have We Reached Peak Archaeologists? (in the UK).    

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    Who Works in African Archaeology?

    Paper presented by Kenneth Aitchison at SAA Annual Meeting 2018 in Washington DC on April 12th, 2018. Follows on Discovering the Archaeologists of Africa project, after project launch at ICAHM Bagamoyo 2017. Includes first estimate of total number of professional archaeologists working in Africa. Download PowerPoint presentation, with full text as notes.  

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    Living Wage Employer

    LANDWARD RESEARCH LTD CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Landward Research Ltd has been accredited as a Living Wage employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Landward Research Ltd, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced by the Goverment in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs…

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    Archaeological Market Survey 2017

    Landward Research Ltd’s annual Archaeological Market Survey report for 2016-17 has been published. Download Archaeological Market Survey 2017 In financial year 2016-17 commercial archaeology grew in terms of the number of employees working in the sector, but levels of financial turnover decreased and profit levels were unchanged. The sector was not as confident as it had been a year earlier. The majority of businesses in the sector did not expect to expand significantly in the next year (2017-18) (e.g. in premises, vehicles, capital equipment), but they had increased their staff complements (and continued to plan to do further in the next year). While staffing levels were increasing, average levels of turnover (and so turnover per…

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    Heritage Market Survey 2014

    The report on the Heritage Market Survey 2014, which collected data on the condition of commercial archaeology in the UK in March 2014 has been published. Download Heritage Market Survey 2014 Report.   Executive Summary This Heritage Market Survey report is on the State of the Market for Archaeological Services in 2013-14 and has been prepared by Landward Research Ltd on behalf of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, FAME and Historic England. At the end of March 2014, the number of people working in archaeology was increasing and business confidence was high. Employment In total, it is estimated that the applied archaeology sectoral workforce grew by 3.0% between December 2012…

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    SAA and Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas

    Jeff Altschul, the President of the Society for American Archaeology, has written about the Discovering the Archaeologists of the Americas project and about Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe in the latest issue of SAA Archaeological Record.   While I was traveling, other members of SAA were hard at work. Two long-term survey initiatives are moving ahead. The first is the Discovering the Archaeologists of Americas (DAA) project. This long-term study of the demographics and characteristics of American archaeologists mirrors a similar study in Europe. The Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe project has undergone two iterations and now has profiles of archaeologists in 21 countries. At the EAA meetings in Istanbul, Kenny Aitchison, the principal manager of the profiling…

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    Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2014 – Transnational Report

    The Transnational Report of the Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2014 project, which brings together data from all of the 21 national reports published as part of the project, has itself been published. Kenneth Aitchison and Doug Rocks-Macqueen of Landward Research Ltd are two of the co-authors. Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2012-14: Transnational Report Executive Summary Between 2012 and 2014 representatives from 23 organisations in 21 European countries worked together in the Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2014 project to gain insight into the profile of the archaeological profession and labour market in those countries. The results can be compared with those of a predecessor Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe project, undertaken…

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    Compare and Contrast

    Kenneth Aitchison has recently had an article published simultaneously in Icon News and The Archaeologist, examining the comparable professions of archaeology and conservation through the labour market intelligence produced in the Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2012-13 and Conservation Labour Market Intelligence reports.  COMPARE AND CONTRAST Kenneth Aitchison examines the similarities and differences between professional archaeology and professional conservation In 2012-13, research was carried out into the UK’s professional labour markets of both archaeology and conservation, two similarly sized and comparable parts of the wider cultural heritage sector. The archaeological research was undertaken by Landward Research Ltd and the conservation study was undertaken by Icon, the Institute of…

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    State of the Archaeological Market, December 2012

    Commercial, applied archaeology grew modestly in the nine months to December 2012. However, a wider data collection exercise has revealed that the size of the entre archaeological sector had been consistently overestimated. The total numbers working in archaeology are considerably lower than had been previously believed. Within commercial, applied archaeology, overall business confidence is improving. Levels of staff turnover are low, and have continued to be lower than reported in previous surveys. Employing organisations continue to consider that people who have left that employer have typically remained in archaeology. Salaries had typically remained unchanged or risen only by inflation in 2012. However, more organisations reported salaries rising by above inflation…