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Nice reply Julie

I think it does come down to this.

For many - times are tough, but we have to continue in a fair (but competitive) market.

I to hope this is fully resolved to everyone's benefit.

As to The individual with the angry head. Tell them to relax and consider the long term.
I think most unit directors don't want to exploit their workforce. Most of them worked their way up the ranks over the decades and haven't forgotten what a dirty, uncomfortable job (and life) it can be. Pay and conditions will always be the bugbear of field archaeology on all levels. How many company directors, such as in the construction industry, are paid the pittance most unit directors are paid in the grand scale of things?
And looking at teh latest figures..

UK inflation hit 5.2% in September 2011 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed today:

More precisely Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation stands at 5.2% for September 2011.

The CPI has never been higher but was also 5.2% in September 2008.

The Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation stands at 5.6% in September 2011, the highest it has been for over 20 years. The ONS report that last time RPI annual inflation was higher was in June 1991 when it stood at 5.8%

and archaeologists rates of pay?
BAJR Wrote:and archaeologists rates of pay?

To be fair, pretty much nobody in any sector will have received a pay rise that gets anywhere close to matching inflation, so it's not just a problem for archaeologists
In fact the benchmarking report update from 2010 showed that other comparator professions and other parts of the heritage sector HAVE had pay rises, and that the disparity between 'them' and 'us' has increased despite the recession:

I think that the argument that the entire country is in a bad place and therefore we should be grateful to have a job has been proved to be spurious...
BAJR Wrote:No different from another case a few years back - that did get reported - of company B being charged for supervisors while the staff on the ground were diggers (and paid as such) including one student! (again charged as a supervisor )

If this is the case I'm thinking of, whatever happened about that?
Probably nothing as usual - I'm aware of a commercial site in Northern England a few years back which was staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers from a community project but the client was charged by the unit concerned for wages anyway, suspect it happens all the time, they just don't usually get caught out Sad
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