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Latest Job Losses figures now available
Job Losses - report for the last quarter of 2009

Following a short period of relative job-market stabilisation in the second and third quarters of 2009, the number of individual archaeologists in work in the final quarter of 2009 fell back
to approximately the same level as that in April 2009.

While many individual firms may have been relatively busier, the completion of major fieldwork phases for in significant projects means that the total number of people in work at large contractors has fallen on aggregate.

Most organisations have remained the same size, although more organisations have become smaller over this quarter than have grown, although two of the three largest contractors have expanded (as happened in the quarter to 1st October 2009). A small number of business failures mean that the market is less crowded than it was at the end of 2008.

Business confidence in the sector is improving. The majority of businesses expect to be able to maintain their current staffing levels over the next three months, and a significant majority
of businesses do not expect market conditions to deteriorate further over the next year.

There has been a marked fall in the proportion of respondents expecting that some archaeological practices will cease trading in the next twelve month. This remains the view held by more respondents than the reverse, but this does not represent an absolute majority of respondents.

The skills that are being most commonly lost by organisations remain those needed to conduct and contribute to invasive fieldwork.

The report can be downloaded here
All of the reports can be read on our recession page
Thanks for that... very important news... and perhaps BAJR may be proved right that from April 2010 things are better. the issue will be to make the lot of the fieldwork staff better... so that they do stay...
would it be interesting that retirment is not included in the survey, thinking more about eh and the curators probably..

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