Lighting Technicians Branch

The Lighting Technicians Branch (LTECH) was set up to represent members working in Commercials, Feature Films & TV Drama to look after their interests by negotiating agreed Rates, and Terms & Conditions, with Employers representatives and providing relevant news and support.


Feature Films



Lighting Technicians Commercials

“These are APA recommended terms in relation to commercials productions and an agreement with BECTU in respect of electricians.”

APA agreement, pg.13

The APA Recommended Terms for Engaging Crew on The Production of Commercials (effective July 2018).

The Lighting Technician’s Commercials Ratecard is a distillation of the APA Agreement.

Lighting Technicians Commercial Ratecard 2019-2020.

Is your Production run by an APA Member? Search Here

For idents or promotional work for Channel 4, The Lighting Technician’s Branch observes the following agreement:

4 Creative/Channel 4 recommended terms for engaging crew on promotions 2018.

For more detailed information, and for rates on Pop Promos, Desk Op’s and other short contract Advertising jobs, visit

Lighting Technicians Feature Films

The Feature Film Committee covers a wide range of projects, traditionally shown in Cinemas, but increasingly covering some projects now being produced by Streaming Services.

As such, some areas have agreements, while others do not, and are shown here based on the projects overall budget

Major Motion Pictures (MMP) with budget in excess of £30 Million

A agreement on Lighting Technicians’ pay has been reached between Pact and BECTU.

This is effective from 1 April 2018 for all Major Motion Pictures with budgets in excess of £30M; rates are set for the three years until March 2021.

PACT/BECTU Major Motion Film Agreement

Lighting Technicians’ Rates Major Feature Film Acceptance Letter (Updated 11 Apr 2018)

Non MMP Feature films below £30 Million

There are NO Agreements in place for Productions below £30 Million, so the LTECH Committee has produced a Recommended Rate Card (RRC) that shows recommended minimum rates for other budget bands.

Lighting Technicians Rates for Feature Films of All Budgets

You are reminded that there is no agreement in place for sub £30M films, and so you will need to negotiate your own terms of employment.

It is recommended that the MMP Terms are employed as a minimum.

For Desk Op rates, visit

Lighting Technicians TV Drama

The Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement covers all key working terms and conditions for crew engaged By PACT Member Companies on independent UK TV Drama, children’s, and comedy productions.

PACT/BECTU TV Drama Agreement (effective 1 Dec 2017)

This document outlines the rates for both 10+1 & 11+1 days for each of the budget bands listed in the agreement.

As part of the negotiations, the LTECH TV Committee successfully secured agreed rates with PACT.

LTECH TV Drama Rate Card 1st January 2021  (effective 1 Jan 2021)

Should you need to offer proof of PACT acceptance, below is the rates acceptance letter, signed by representatives of PACT;

PACT LTECH Rates Increase Confirmation  (New 19 Jan 2021)

If you are working for a non-PACT company, we suggest you use these documents as guidance to negotiate your individual T&Cs and rates.

Search to see if your Production is a PACT Member

For Desk Op rates, visit


BS7909 is the Code of Practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes, and an extension of section 7 of the UK’s Electrical wiring code, BS7671.

It is important to note that a BS7909 course is not a standalone method to prove an individual’s competence.

Employers and engagers must also seek other evidence of qualifications and experience before engaging an SPR, or other person, who is to be made responsible for, and work on, any electrical systems.

For more information about the BS7909 Regulations and associated training, click here.

For more information, including rates for Pop Promos & Desk Operators, plus Health & Safety, News & Events, and other practical advice, visit: 

Theatre, Broadcast & Live Events etc.

For Technicians who predominantly work in Theatre, Live Events, Outside Broadcasts, Unscripted TV, etc. you may be better represented by a branch more suited to your line of work. Contact the BECTU Membership Department or see our transfer advice in the relevant section at the website above.