Dear members,

Profiling the Profession is an ongoing project that has been collecting, analysing and reporting on employment in all parts of UK archaeology. Having first collected data in 1998, data are now being collected for 2020.

This year, data are being collected differently from before. Employers are only being asked about their organisation – not about the ages, genders, wages, qualifications etc of their staff.

We are asking those questions of the individuals themselves – people working in archaeology, people who have left archaeology and future archaeologists (archaeology students) too.

FAME is a partner in this project, as the data for our State of the Archaeological Market and Health & Safety in Archaeology reports are being collected through this single exercise.

All FAME members should have already received an email invitation to contribute, and it would be appreciated if you either followed the link in the email you have received, or click on the Survey for Organisations link below to provide information about your organisation. On average, it is taking respondents 11 minutes to complete the organisational questionnaire.

It would also be appreciated if you could share this message with all your members of staff, and invite them to complete the Survey for Individuals below.  On average, it takes respondents 8 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

The project webpage is

And here are the links to the two surveys

Survey for Organisations

  • responding on behalf of an organisation including sole traders

Survey for Individuals

  • individual archaeologists, whether employed, self-employed or unemployed
  • former archaeologists
  • archaeology students


Best wishes

Kenneth Aitchison CEO