Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2007-08
has been launched. This is a project which will gather comprehensive
and up-to-date information about the size and state of archaeology as a
profession. This information will then be rapidly analysed and
presented - final reports should be published in spring 2008 - so that
it can be used by individual archaeologists and employers to see what
their positions within the profession are and to help them in making
their own future plans.
This is the third time that this has been undertaken - previous
Profiling the Profession projects were carried out five and ten years
http://www.archaeologists.net/modules/icontent/index.php?page=34 for the
reports of these projects), and so as well as giving us a snapshot of
archaeology at this point in time, it will also help to build up our
understanding of how the profession has evolved and how it can develop
in the future.
In September, the project will send questionnaires to all archaeological
employers and self-employed archaeologists in the UK. It is very
important that all employers complete and return these questionnaires,
as the more high-quality data the project has the more valuable its
reports will be. Individual archaeologists are asked to please support
their employers in completing the questionnaires as fully and accurately
Individual, self-employed archaeologists (such as specialists) are
particularly encouraged to email the project consultant, Rachel Edwards,
at [log in to unmask] with their contact details to ensure that they
are on the mailing list to receive the questionnaires.
This project is being funded by the European Commission, English
Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw and the Environment and Heritage
Service (Northern Ireland).
Head of Professional Development: Institute of Field Archaeologists