The Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) is the voice of archaeological employers and managers in the United Kingdom, and the only organisation solely devoted to representing their interests within the profession and the business world. FAME started life in 1975 as the Standing Conference of Archaeological Unit Managers, before changing the name to FAME in 2008, to reflect more closely our purpose and membership.

The vision of FAME is to strive for a business environment where archaeological organisations can operate safely and sustainably, the well-being of employees is prioritised and archaeologists feel empowered to build careers and expertise, so that collectively we can conserve and advance knowledge of the past for the benefit of society.

As part of this vision we support research into the sector. For example, with funding from Historic England and in partnership with the Charted Institute for Archaeologists we have commissioned Landward Research Ltd to conduct annual surveys of our members to gain a wealth of information about the archaeological sector. Part of this research examines the confidence of employers in the business environment. This material helps to estimate future job and resource demand. To get more refined information FAME has decided to launch a quarterly survey of its members’ confidence in the current market.

You can read the results of the first quarterly survey here: FAME Quarterly Market Confidence Index 4thQ 2018