The latest survey of Job Losses in Archaeology shows that the rate of job losses in the sector appears to have slowed, erectile with business confidence showing very slight signs of recovery.
It shows that in the first three months of 2011 the number of archaeologists in work increased very slightly to an estimated 5863 (800 fewer than the summer 2007 peak), though further job losses in local government curatorial services are expected.
Several businesses have ceased trading, with university-based companies being particularly vulnerable. Business confidence was poor through much of 2010, but there has been a slight recovery in the first quarter of this year.
For the eighth quarter in succession, the skills needed for invasive fieldwork were those most frequently being lost.
The full report may be viewed here.