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If quoting this article, please reference it as:

Karl, R., Möller, K. and Krierer, K. 2012. Ain’t got no job… The archaeology labour market in Austria, Germany and the UK, 2007-2012. Vienna: http://www.archaeologieforum.at.

A pdf version of this article is available in our library at http://archäologieforum.org/index.php/bibliothek/viewdownload/14-archaeologischer-arbeitsmarkt/50-ain-t-got-no-job.



[1] Prifysgol Bangor University, UK.

[2] Georg August University Göttingen, Germany.

[3] University of Vienna, Austria.

[4] Although jobs from other countries feature occasionally, if we become aware of them by chance or if they are entered by volunteers with access to adverts from such other countries.

[5] For instance classifying them as part of specific sectors of archaeological work, like fieldwork, museum/heritage management, teaching & research etc.

[6] This means that if, for example, a 10 hour part-time temporary post for a research assistant was advertised with a total annual salary (pro rata) of e.g. €136,000, we took this to be a typo for a figure with 5 decimal points before the comma, rather than 6 (e.g. € 13,600) and corrected the database entry accordingly. On the other hand, if no closing date for a post had been entered, or a totally unrealistic closing date (e.g. 31/12/2020 for a post advertised in the period 2007-2012), we simply did not consider this post when calculating how long on average posts were advertised on our website.

[7] Whether that is in the media as TV or newspaper journalists for archaeology, or any kind of other archaeology-related job or support role.

[8] By this time, most Austrian Universities had only just started or were about to start their first BA degree programmes, and thus there was practically no one working in Austrian archaeology who had as his or her highest academic qualification a bachelor degree. Thus, those people who studied archaeology who now increasingly would graduate with a bachelor’s degree after somewhat more than 3 years would still have been students in the old ‘Humboldt style’ Magister programmes, which had considerably longer completion times (c. 6-7 years on average), and thus if already employed in archaeology would have been counted as having no academic qualifications.

[9] For Germany, the same applies regarding the introduction of BA degrees as in Austria, such degrees had only recently or were just about to be introduced by most Universities in 2007.

[10] Only academics are considered to ‘truly’ be ‘archaeologists’ in Germany (Krausse and Nübold 2008, 9).

[11] Though this may well be the intended outcome: there is a popular perception that not all that rarely, appointments to posts in German language archaeology (and academia more generally) are more to do with patronage and office politics than with the actual skills a successful candidate has (or lacks).

[12] Thus, candidates with a Habilitation will often be rejected for ‚ordinary‘ MA-level or doctoral jobs, as employers fear they will be awarded a Chair soon thereafter, which is generally perceived to be the most attractive (and by and large also most lucrative) kind of employment in German language archaeology. ‘Risking’ a Habilitation before having found permanent appointment thus can seriously backfire: the person awarded a Habilitation may well never be given a Chair by any University, but no other archaeological job either because every employer is afraid that the job is to ‘lowly’ for such an academic ‘high flier’.