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Government support update, FAME member experiences and H&S

Message from the CEO to members:   Dear FAME members, We have some updates for you on the various support schemes as well as some issues members are facing, first the support information adapted from Heritage Alliance for you: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Government has released guidance on its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Further […]

Support For Workers in Commercial Archaeology

Sent to our members today.   Dear FAME members, Overload of emails I know, but we are living in interesting times. I have received a message today from Andy Bye, Prospect Negotiations Officer for Heritage, Law and Energy. FAME have met with Prospect and discussed the message (which is below), and I feel that it […]

Archaeology and the COVID-19 pandemic developments

This has been sent to all FAME members:   Dear FAME Members, Apologies for the raft of emails coming from FAME in such short order, though given the quickly changing situation we thought it necessary to update you on developments relating to fieldwork and non-field work that will impact you imminently. In the last few […]

Message from FAME CEO

Dear FAME members, Over the last few days myself and Doug Rocks-Macqueen, FAME’s Deputy CEO, have been speaking to FAME members. We have managed to speak to or contact most of our members and have brought together comprehensive views on what is happening across commercial archaeology, shared below. We have also asked how FAME can […]

Archaeology is Open for Business

During the coronavirus pandemic, commercial archaeology companies continue to provide the quality expertise and advice that their clients need while protecting the health and safety of their employees, clients and the public. FAME members are already adapting to rapidly changing circumstances and will continue to do so as the situation evolves. This includes archaeologists working […]

Party Manifestos and Heritage

The Heritage Alliance has done an analysis of the UK political party manifestos for the 2019 election in relation to heritage. You can see the results here: 2019 political manifesto analysis Some highlights: Funding for research to replace EU funding would be allocated by Conservatives and the Brexit Party. Conservatives also support the EU Horizon […]

Archaeology on the Shortage Occupation List: Omission Clarification

FAME, CIfA and CBA all respond to a consultation on what should be included in the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and were pleased when archaeology jobs were recommended for inclusion. However, when the SOL was updated in October archaeology jobs were not included. Our organisations planned to write to the Home Office regarding this. However, […]

Changes to Tax Status of Off-payroll Professionals

HMRC rules are changing next April making contractors liable for determining the tax status of off-payroll professionals. From April 2020, the rules for engaging individuals through personal service companies are changing. The responsibility for determining whether the off-payroll working rules (sometimes known as IR35) apply will move to the organisation receiving an individual’s services. The […]

FAME Becomes a Supporter of the Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) is proud to announce that  we have become a supporter of the Considerate Constructors scheme. The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its best practice. Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and […]

Trial Pitting Questionnaire – Responses by 31st October

FAME have been in discussions with AGS – the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists – and we consider that a mutual understanding regarding trial pitting for construction and archaeology / cultural heritage would be very useful to both sets of members.  AGS have asked us to circulate this letter and questionnaire which has been […]

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