The CIfA and FAME have announced record Levels of Commercial Investment and Employment for Archaeologists in the UK as the latest Archaeological Market Survey report is now available.
The CIfA and FAME report identifies that:
- £239m investment in the economy through applied archaeology
- In financial year 2017-18 the sector grew in terms of the number of employees, financial turnover, and profit levels.
- 6,812 people were employed as professional archaeologists in 2017-18 more than have ever been before, with 13% from the EU
- The majority of businesses in the sector expected to expand significantly in the next year (2018-19) (e.g. in premises, vehicles, capital equipment)
- The overwhelming majority of income came from private sector clients (83%, a slight increase from 81% in 2016-17) with residential housing as the biggest sector, but infrastructure projects were also important.
- Much of this investment is dependent on the planning process having access to expert archaeological advice
- East Anglia and the East Midlands were identified as the most prolific regions for archaeological investment as part of development
- Despite this, the sector’s confidence in the future of the market was declining, and had been since 2015
- Brexit and the under-resourcing of local government planning advice were still considered to be major concerns for the sector
The Archaeological Market Survey report provides a unique analysis of the archaeological sector as part of the overall UK economy, and is based on survey responses from FAME members and CIfA Registered Organisations.
The report was produced by Landward Research on behalf of Historic England, the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).