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Pay and conditions - The ultimate answer?
I think things are a little better, and hopefully will continue to do so. And yes Troll the money lies in finding the juicy jobs.

But Archaeology IS NOT the lowest paid graduate job at all.

Check this out: (not a sneaky job advert Hosty, but posted to show that the likes of BADJR is making a difference)

Assistant Ecologist
£14,500 – £16,900 p.a. pro rata (depending on experience).
Full time (35 hours per week) for an intial 12 month contract
An Assistant Ecologist is required to work with our small team. They will assist on technical work for small projects such as ecological field surveys and the completion of reports. The job will also provide administrative support to others in the consultancy and in promoting business development. The successful candidate will be expected to show high levels of initiative, self-motivation and accept working under tight deadlines. Knowledge in specialist areas, most importantly field skills with fauna and flora, will be advantageous as is prior experience of nature conservation and/or commercial consultancy work. The post would suit a graduate with 1 years experience in a professional or voluntary capacity, who wishes to gain further skills and knowledge in consultancy. Applicants without a degree, but with relevant experience will be considered equally.
Good shout there from Jack. Ecology is an interesting comparator - there is much greater protection of resources (than archaeology) through legislation and policy (especially at a European level) and consequently much greater sums are spent by developers on ecology within the planning process - although as with archaeology the developers are not really interested in the detail of the results, only in getting through the consenting process. Also of interest is that ecologists can now be Chartered, just as we are likely to be in the not too distant future.

Has this increased protection of resources and introduction of a Charter resulted in better pay and conditions for ecologists entering the profession?

Jack Wrote:Assistant Ecologist ........for an intial 12 month contract

dont see many of them anymore in archaeology!!
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
P Prentice Wrote:dont see many of them anymore in archaeology!!

True, but sitting as I do, adjacent to our local ecology team I see an awful lot of 'seasonal' short term contract staff come and go each year.
D. Vader
Senior Consultant

Vader Maull & Palpatine
Archaeological Consultants

A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of Tony Robinson.

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