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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…

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    Reviews of Archaeology and the Global Economic Crisis

    Two recent recent reviews have talked positively about the Archaeology and the Global Economic Crisis, an overview of how the changed economic situation is affecting archaeological practice around the world that was co-edited by Kenneth Aitchison of Landward Research Ltd. Nathan Schlanger, the other co-editor, has had an excellent summary (together with impressive photograph) published in the ICOMOS Heritage at Risk World Report 2008-2010. Download the article here. Secondly, Paul Belford of Nexus Heritage has written in The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice that “This book is essential reading for all archaeologists. Its stated aim is not to provide thedefinitive word on archaeology and the global crisis, but to give…

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    Job Losses in Archaeology – October 2010 and January 2011

    Landward Research have completed a report for IfA and FAME on archaeological employment in the second half of 2010; the full report can be read here – Job Losses in Archaeology October 2010 January 2011 The number of people in archaeological employment fell considerably over the six months from 1 July 2010 to 1 January 2011. It is estimated that on 1 January 2011 there were 5827 people in archaeological employment in the United Kingdom, a fall of 7.6% since July 2010. 3189 of these individuals were working in commercial, applied archaeology, a decrease of 13.1% since July 2010. This figure is 21.0% below the August 2007 peak. There are now fewer…

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    Job Losses in Archaeology – July 2010

    A new report on job losses and employment within UK commercial archaeology has been produced by Landward Research Ltd. The report, which is on the situation as it was in July 2010, has been published by the Institute for Archaeologists at http://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/node-files/JoblossesJuly2010.pdf. The number of people in archaeological employment increased markedly over the three months from April to June 2010, with at least one employer finding it difficult to recruit fieldworkers, but simultaneously business confidence in maintaining this growth declined considerably. It is estimated that 6498 people were working in professional archaeology on 1st July 2010, an increase of 265 (4.3%) on the figure for 1st April 2010. 3669 of these individuals were working in…