Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2012-13

By Kenneth Aitchison, Doug Rocks‐Macqueen

This profile of the UK archaeological profession shows that:

  • The estimated archaeological workforce in 2012-13 was 4,792, a 30% decrease on the figure of 6,865 estimated for 2007-08 (and a 16% decrease over ten years on the estimated archaeological workforce in 2002-03 of 5,712).
  • It indicates a relative increase in the percentage of archaeologists working in the private sector over the five years from 2007-08 and a decline in those working in the public sector.
  • It estimates that 46% of UK archaeologists in 2012-13 are women – a proportion that has steadily increased from 35% in 1997-98.
  • In addition, the report covers profiles of ethnicity, pay and qualifications in the profession.

Landward Research Ltd undertook this project with the financial support of English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw, Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Built Heritage and the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

The project benefited greatly from advice provided by the Institute for Archaeologists, Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, the Archaeology Data Service, Creative and Cultural Skills and York Archaeological Trust.

For more information contact Liz Long.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Summary and recommendations
  • Executive Summary
  • Recommendations
  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Background
  • Chapter 2: Methodology
  • Chapter 3: Organisations
  • Chapter 4: Archaeologists
  • Chapter 5: Jobs
  • Chapter 6: Training
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix 1: Post Profiles
  • Appendix 2: Comments
  • Appendix 3: Planning Applications
  • Appendix 4: Questionnaire

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • ISBN: 978‐0‐9572452‐1‐1
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