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Wessex Archaeology

Last Updated:
10 July 2019
320 full time employees

: Financial benefits and allowances

Minimum salary offered (PCIfA)
Starting on 19,373
Minimum salary offered (MCIfA)
Starting on 31,856
Clothing allowance over statutory PPE
Overnight subsistence
£ 15 per night + £5 per breakfast
Projects 40min-60min from office base (Contracted office base as multiple offices – if staff member from one office visits or works for another accommodation is provided)
Paid Travel time
Paid travel time exists over the 7.4 hour working day for drivers. Site transport is always offered.
30 per year rising to 35 after 5 years
Yes, pension offered to all staff, 5% paid by Company under auto-enrolment after 3 months employment, but with earlier opt in available from day 1 (information given prior to start in offer pack)
London Weighting
Profit share

: Training and Archaeological Opportunities

Training Type
Internal, Skills Passport, Compliance, Competency.
Wessex Archaeology is committed to staff development. Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional our aim is to help you progress in in your career. Our Training Management System allows us to plan, supply and monitor training to meet needs for both required certifications such as IOSH and CSCS and for broader archaeological and technical skills and competencies. Certificates are stored digitally and all training records are made available to staff to assist with the maintenance of CPD logs. We have aligned our internal training programmes with the BAJR Skills Passport which means we are able to fully recognise the skills you have gained elsewhere and that other organisations will respect the progress you will make working with our experienced team. We are working to extend these programmes to meet the requirements of the CIFA National Vocational Qualification and to form components of forthcoming government apprenticeship schemes. Staff are also encouraged and supported to attended seminars and conferences with the goal of expanding their knowledge and experience, both as archaeologists and as a business people. Recent training has been as diverse as Leadership Training & People management to Social Media and employment law or Heritage Assets recognition
Training days
no minimum
Paid Interns
1for 6 months fully paid
50 days per year 10-16 volunteers on a weekly basis 6-10 work experience young adults per year
Research Opportunities
10-60 days per year
Predictive Mapping in the Kennet Valley
A significant research project aiming to map gravel and peat deposits throughout the Kennet Valley. These deposits are associated with Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeological finds. The geophysical surveys will generate detailed pictures of the buried deposits and provide information which will be used to complement geoarchaeological work and desk-based studies. This can predict how likely and at what depth the potentially important gravel deposits are located across the Kennet valley helping to inform planner’s understanding and to plan mitigation ahead of developments.
The Outer Hebrides Coastal Communities Marine Archaeology Project
A community-oriented project run in partnership between WA, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Historic Scotland, CNE-Siar and the communities of the Outer
Hebrides aimed to develop techniques and methodologies to enhance the archaeological records of
the Outer Hebrides, with special focus on intertidal and marine zones. The project focused on getting local people to share knowledge, develop research, inform management plans, appreciating the rich
coastal and marine heritage of the Outer Hebrides.
The Times Of Their Lives
The project is funded by the European Research Council and applies Bayesian statistics to the calibration of radiocarbon dates from a number of sites across Europe. This allows a much more
accurate date range to be achieved and has already enabled an improved understanding of the
chronology of prehistoric sites. The project will look at sites from all over Europe and has the potential to greatly improve our understanding of the movement of ideas and culture throughout prehistoric Europe.

Public Engagement
Wessex Archaeology has been a pioneer in heritage learning and engagement for over 30 years. Our dedicated Community & Education team works to promote public understanding and enjoyment of archaeology, and we embrace projects with strong elements of community involvement and development. We work with a range of partners and stakeholders to achieve this including community groups, schools, heritage bodies and commercial developers.
Our Community & Education team works closely with schools and colleges. We regularly deliver interactive workshops for students of all ages, both on archaeological sites and in the classroom.
Workshops can be themed on historical periods, archaeological sites or heritage assets and are
tailored to support national curriculum topics.
We have a proven track record for producing excellent learning materials such as interactive exhibits, artefact loan boxes and teacher resource packs that can be used in the classroom and
accessed online.
We successfully coordinate the delivery of events and activities for a variety of partner organisations, ranging from local societies to the British Army. We have extensive experience of initiating large and
small community engagement projects and seek to deliver innovative programmes to suit the needs
of varied communities.
Bespoke services include leading training excavations, giving lectures and presentations, designing creative art projects and organising open days and community events. We also maintain a range of digital media platforms, including web pages, blogs and social media sites, and work with our in- house graphics specialists to design and produce high quality exhibitions and displays.

Flagship Projects
Kingsmead  Quarry  Horton  –  Investigations  since  2003  have  revealed  a  complex  archaeological landscape and evidence that people had used the area since the end of the last Ice Age, a period of over
12,000 years. Large areas of the site have been excavated, allowing us to view entire landscapes. The
area investigated extends north to south by over 1.2km, and the strip, map and record methodology has provided a unique opportunity to examine the continuous use of the landscape over several millennia The method has also revealed some amazing discoveries which may otherwise have been lost  or  not  seen.  Some  of  the  finds  recovered  from  the  excavations  are  of  national  importance, including the remains of four Early Neolithic (3750 BC) houses and a rare Beaker burial (2300 BC).
German Submarine UB78. In October 2014, Wessex Archaeology and members of BSAC 326 (Canterbury Divers) and BSAC 501 (Folkestone) diving clubs carried out a photographic survey of the First World War German submarine UB 78. The work was carried out from the Dover-based charter boat Neptune and was part of a programme of work connected with the 1914–18 centenary being carried out for English Heritage. The UB 78 was sunk in April 1918 when it detonated a mine whilst trying to find a way through the heavily defended Dover Straits.

: CIfA related Information

CIfA subs paid for staff
Yes ( 50% )

CIfA RO Company

Status of organisation
Charitable Trust

: Company expectations of Staff

Our aim is
‘The right people in the right place at the right time for current and future needs’.
We want our staff to be healthy, happy, fulfilled and productive. We believe that the route to that state is deep engagement in the work we do. We expect
•   Intellectual engagement – thinking about the job, researching how to do it better
•   Affective engagement – taking personal pride in doing things well
•   Social engagement – taking opportunities to discuss work related improvements with others, inside and outside the organisation
To help with this we include our staff in and ongoing discussion of company aims and business strategy and encourage feedback at all levels. We expect our staff to repay our confidence with loyalty and to make the most of the experiences and development opportunities we provide.

Staff Appraisal
Annual – with regular performance reviews to ensure continuous feedback.

: Contractual Information

Zero Hour

Rolling Contracts

Contracts Provision
Yes – prior to appointed start date

Home working

x1.5 Mon-Sat and x2 Sunday and B/H
Formal Staff representation

Union recognition

: Safety & other Schemes

RIDOR accidents
0 reported in last 12 months

Environmental Credentials

Bike to work Schemes

Kite marks

Diversity Act
Equality and Diversity policy and procedure, also enshrined in recruitment and staff retention policies and procedures.

Company Maternity Scheme

: Additional Staff benefits

Fun & Useful Extras
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract. Number of days dependent on length of service.
  • High quality personal protective equipment.
  • Assistance with personal development plans and career progression maps.
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Bike2Work scheme.
  • Annual Christmas party in all offices
  • Lunchtime seminars,
  • Staff newsletters to keep everyone informed about what the company is doing
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
The EAP offers a free and confidential service to the employee and immediate family
members to provide counsel and assistance for personal problems such as health and stress. Confidential external advice is available on health and wellbeing issues including, work-life balance, legal and health concerns and child and elder care support. The service is available 24/7, 365 days per year.