Archaeological Market Survey 2016-2017

Project 6980, report prepared for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers

By Kenneth Aitchison

This Archaeological Market Survey report is on the State of the Market for Archaeological Services in the United Kingdom in 2016-17. It has been prepared by Landward Research Ltd on behalf of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), FAME (Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers) and Historic England. The survey has gathered data via a questionnaire sent to FAME members and CIfA Registered Organisations, therefore the focus is primarily on the commercial archaeology sector.

The overall aims of this survey are to provide:

  • a unique analysis of the archaeological sector as part of the overall UK economy;
  • statistics that allow estimation of total value of the sector to the economy;
  • data on indicative numbers of employed professional archaeologists;
  • data for analysis of long-term sustainability for the sector;
  • an indication of social benefit through outreach; and
  • data that can enable informed lobbying to help protect the UK's heritage.



  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Staff Numbers
  • Financial Performance
  • Forms of Contract
  • Business Confidence
  • Skills, Training and Qualifications
  • Perceptions
  • Further Comments
  • Appendix: Questionnaire

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 65
Was this page helpful?

Related Publications

If you require an alternative, accessible version of this document please contact: Landward Research Ltd, email: [email protected]