Heritage Market Survey 2015

Project number 6980

By Kenneth Aitchison

This Heritage Market Survey report is on the state of the market for archaeological services in 2014-15. 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 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
  • data that can enable informed lobbying to help protect the UK's heritage
  • support for planning effectively for the future so that the profession is sustainable and results in a benefit for society

In the financial year 2014-15, commercial archaeology was in a period of rapid recovery and expansion following years of decline or stagnation. The number of people working in the sector grew rapidly and businesses were very confident. Levels of turnover and profits increased, though profit levels remain low.

This commissioned report was prepared by Landward Research Ltd on behalf of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers and Historic England.


1. Executive Summary
2. Introduction
3. Staff Numbers
4. Financial Performance
5. Business Confidence
6. Skills training and Qualifications
7. Perceptions
8. Further comments
Appendix: Survey Questionnaire

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 56


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