International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Job Ads Survey

Job Ads Survey

What are employers looking for and what employment conditions are offered?

Find out more about the heritage conservation science labour market.

In this survey, a total of 89 job announcements published between 2008-2013 on two major international platforms (the ICCROM website and the Conservation DistList) were analysed to identify the employment conditions offered; the type and location of hiring institutions; and the academic qualifications and experience requested.

Of the vacancy announcements surveyed, museums were the largest employer accounting for 54% of vacancies, the vast majority of which were at mid career level (70%), with only 11% of positions offered at entry level.  Of particular concern was the fact that the majority of positions were offered on a temporary basis of less than 5 years (51%), while only 8% were advertised as permanent.