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Oxford Archaeology

Last Updated:
29 June 2017
265 full time employees

: Financial benefits and allowances

Minimum salary offered (PCIfA)
Starting on 18,252
Minimum salary offered (MCIfA)
Starting on 28,330
Clothing allowance over statutory PPE
OA provide the full range of high quality PPE in both women's and mens' sizes. This includes breathable waterproof overcoats, fleeces, hi-vis vests, breathable waterproof trousers, cargo trousers, boots and wellingtons.
Overnight subsistence
15.00 per night
Free single room self-catering or Bed & Breakfast accommodation is provided for all away-based projects. An 'away-based' project is usually classed as one that is located in excess of 1 hour and 15 minutes away from your contracted place of work (either the Oxford, Cambridge or Lancaster office), or home.
Paid Travel time
All OA approved drivers and the 'responsible person/s' for each site are paid travel time at a rate of time and a half. In addition to overtime payments, all OA approved drivers below Supervisor grade are paid an additional £10 per week, regardless of whether they called upon to drive in a particular week. Free site transport is available from each office.
The minimum holiday entitlement is 29 days and the maximum is 36 days (including bank holidays), plus up to 3 concessionary days over Christmas. Holiday entitlement increases from the minimum rate after 5 and 10 years continuous service, and with seniority.
OA offers two pension options: 1. All new staff are auto-enrolled into a pension scheme after 12 weeks service (but can elect earlier) with the statutory minimum contribution (currently 1%). 2. Local Government Pension Scheme is available to all staff with more than 10 years service and of Project Manager grade and above..
London Weighting
Profit share

: Training and Archaeological Opportunities

Training Type
Internal, Skills Passport, External Courses
OA provides internal and external training. Internal training includes OA's Graduate Training Scheme, comprising a mentoring system, site-based training opportunities (e.g. survey, burials etc), site and office-based placement opportunities, (e.g. Environmental, Geoarchaeology, Historic Buildings, Geomatics, Heritage Management, Contracts, Project Management). External training includes courses with Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education, CSCS, banksman, first aid, driver training. OA's Graduate Training Scheme was 'highly commended' in the 2016 Archaeology Training Forum awards. Since its inception in 2015, over 75 graduates have enrolled and successfully gained essential skills in excavation, data collection, recording, health and safety, and environmental and finds processing. On completion of the scheme, trainees are able to undertake the role of an archaeologist at OA, and apply to the CIFA at Practitioner level.
Training days
There is no cap on the number of training days available to employees
Paid Interns
Oxford Archaeology is committed to widening access to heritage and archaeology. We welcome and support volunteers to get involved in our work. Volunteer opportunities are often available at all three offices. Further information is available under the 'community' section our website.
Research Opportunities
In addition to supporting employees’ research interests where possible, OA also regularly carries out research for national and regional bodies.

Public Engagement
As an educational charity, public engagement is at the core of our work. We provide exciting opportunities for the public to engage with our work, in the field and in post-excavation activities through community excavations, open days, lectures, school visits, and blogs.

Details of our public events are published on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Flagship Projects
As one of the largest and longest established independent archaeology and heritages practices in Europe, OA carries out some of the most exciting and challenging archaeological projects in the country. 

Our current flagship projects feature on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Three examples from the last twelve months are:


OA is currently undertaking a large scale, 12-hectare, open area excavation which has revealed an exciting glimpse into life in the prehistoric through to Roman period. Remains of an Iron Age settlement with nearly a dozen roundhouses, pits, and other features within an extensive system of ditched enclosures and land divisions has been uncovered. The features contained tantalising clues about life in the settlement. A significant assemblage of pottery has been recovered from some of the pits, and residue of metal working have also been found.

Worked flint, potentially Mesolithic to Neolithic in date, and Bronze Age pottery have been found, though mainly residual finds in later features.

In the Roman period, a large ditched enclosure appears to have formed the focus for significant activity, much of which is industrial in character. More evidence of metal working was found, as well as at least six exceptionally well preserved Roman pottery kilns, cut into the top of an infilled enclosure ditch.

Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

During an open area excavation at Cherry Hinton, an intensively utilised early Saxon cemetery was uncovered. Anglo-Saxon jewellery of fine brooches, multi-coloured glass and amber beads, rings and hairpins were recovered alongside more utilitarian tools, including small knives, iron shield bosses and spear heads. The finds date to 6th century AD and are associated with a number of burials and a nearby pre-Christian building.

The most stunning find was a rare glass claw beaker. These elaborate drinking vessels are normally found further south-east in Kent, or the area now covered by northern France, the Netherlands and Germany, where they were probably produced.

Roman finds included fine pottery vessels and plates from 2nd century cremations, and an early Roman pottery kiln and complex of late IA and Roman ditches that defined a field system.

After a period of hiatus in the 7th century, activity re-commenced on the site in the 8th century. Features included the remains of post-built structures, interpreted as workshops or livestock pens, and pits relating to industrial activity.

Woolwich, London

OA carried out an excavation of a post-medieval stoneware pottery kiln – 43 years after the kiln was first investigated. The kiln was originally excavated in 1974. The excavators revealed a brick-built structure and large quantities of Bellarmine jugs and other stoneware forms. Apart from being a remarkable well preserved kiln of its type, it is potentially the earliest stoneware kiln in Britain, having been dated to the mid 17th century.

After the kiln was recorded, it was covered in protective foam and sealed in a wooden box. It was then lifted in bulk and stored for the past 43 years.

Once the protective foam was removed, the structure was carefully excavated and recorded. Some of the kiln’s original excavators were invited to view the work, and shared their experiences of the 1974 dig with our team.

A digital 3D modal of the kiln has been created for a photogrammetric survey undertaken by the team.

: CIfA related Information

CIfA subs paid for staff
OA pays 100% of the CIFA subscription for Practioner (PCIFA) and Associate (ACIFA) grades. OA will pay up to 80% of the subscription for Member grade (MCIFA).

CIfA RO Company

Status of organisation
Limited Company, Registered Charity

: Company expectations of Staff

OA expects all staff to engage fully with our archaeological projects, and carry out all work in accordance with the CIFA Code of Conduct.

Staff Appraisal
OA provides regular feedback to all employees. As a minimum, all staff will receive Quarterly Performance Assessments, and an Annual Staff Appraisal.

: Contractual Information

Zero Hour

Rolling Contracts

Contracts Provision
Written contracts are provided at the start of employement.

Home working

Time-and-a-half for hours in-excess of 37.5 Monday-Friday, and on Saturday. Double-time on Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Formal Staff representation

Union recognition

: Safety & other Schemes

RIDOR accidents
1 reported in last 12 months

Environmental Credentials

Bike to work Schemes

Kite marks
Achilles, Constructionline Acclaim

Diversity Act
OA complies with all relevant UK legislation. OA's written policies included those on Equal Opportunities and Recruitment. The policies are regularly reviewed and updated when necessary by OA's Human Resources Officer. OA believes that all employees are entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect, and is committed to ensuring that employees are not subjected to any form of bullying, discrimination, or other forms of harassment.

Company Maternity Scheme

: Additional Staff benefits

Fun & Useful Extras
  • Christmas Party
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Lunch time seminars
  • Quarterly staff magazine containing the latest news and events from all offices
  • Staff intranet with discussion forums
  • Ability to buy OA monographs at a discounted rate
OA's offices are based in three of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the county. Each office has an active social community, providing an excellent work-life balance outside of our varied and exciting archaeological projects.
The majority of staff that join OA stay long-term, and we pride ourselves on providing a nurturing work environment that identifies and develops the potential within our team from Graduate level through to Management.