Ratecards: find out the rates for the work you do

With the exception of rates for our theatre members which are determined by the collective bargaining agreements with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre (formerly the Theatrical Management Association), the information here reflects the recommended going rates set by the relevant freelance branch(es), covering film and independent production, after consultation with members. Bectu also recommends minimum terms and conditions for all those not covered by an agreement.

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Animation and VFX

The Animation and VFX branch’s Freelance  Rate Guidance for Film and TV is below.

Animation and VFX branch’s Freelance  Ratecard 2022

VFX FREELANCE SHOOT CREW RATE CARD FOR FILM & TV 2022

Art Department

The Art Department branch’s Ratecard is below.

Art Department Ratecard 2023

Art Technicians

The Bectu Art Technicians branch rate guidance is below.

Bectu Art Technicians Rate Guidance Dec 2023

Assistant Directors

Below is the 2024 Rate Card for Assistant Directors working in Feature Film including projects working under the terms of the Major Motion Picture Agreement and independent TV Drama covered under the PACT-BECTU TV Drama Agreement.

Branch Committee Details and Other Information Document

Those working in Continuing Drama or Serials for the BBC should refer to the appropriate rate card on this page; similarly those working in the same area at ITV should refer to their rates documentation.

Those working in Commercials & Promos should follow the current APA Recommended Crew Terms dated July 2022 until such a time as it is amended. 

From 6th April onwards, the AD Branch asks that its members negotiate all contracts going forward to include no more than 30 minutes Prep and 30 minutes Wrap each working day and reflect this in their rate. If more is still asked for, this should be appropriately charged.

ADS branch unified ratecard 2024

Essential guide for DGA Directors working in UK with 1st Assistant Directors

ATG Concert Rates

The Bectu/ATG One Night Concert (or Rock and Roll) Rates are used on occasions where a promoter is bringing in a concert for one night only and it is agreed between Bectu and ATG that it is commercially more appropriate to use these rates, which only apply to non permanent, regularly employed or casual technical staff. All permanent technical staff always work to their own in house agreements which have been agreed between Bectu and ATG. Bectu crews must be given advance notice by the employer that a promoter is being allowed to use the one night concert rates and any queries or concerns about a promoter being allowed to use these rates must be raised with the venue Bectu steward as early as possible before the day of the concert.

Bectu/ATG Rock and Roll (Concert) Agreement 2018

BBC Drama: Continuing, Series & Serial

The BBC has an agreement with Bectu which covers the core interests of all freelancers working on BBC productions. The framework agreement was agreed in April 2010. These documents contain information on minimum rates, effective 1 April 2018, for Continuing Drama Series and Series and Serials.

BBC Freelance Rates: Series and Serials (1 April 2018)

BBC Freelance Rates: Continuing Drama Series (1 April 2018)

BBC Scotland freelance rates

This Document sets out the minimum rates for Freelances and Casuals engaged by BBC Scotland effective from 1 April 2024 until 31 March 2025.

BBC Scotland Freelance/Casual Rates 2024

BBC Studioworks, Kelvin Hall Studios Glasgow –  Freelance rates

Camera

These ratecards cover film and TV drama and Factual and Outside Broadcast.

Find out more about the work the branch does at their website.

Camera Branch Ratecard Factual and Outside Broadcast 2022

Camera Branch Ratecard Film and TV Drama 2024

Construction (Major Features)

Pact/Bectu rates for Construction crew on Major Motion Pictures 2024 – 2025, As of 1 September 2021 the agreement shall also apply to a single piece of theatric-type content (i.e., not a series) intended for a global SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) platform with a production budget equal to or in excess of £30,000,000.

Construction Crew Ratecard 2024-2025

Costume

These are the recommended rates of pay for freelancers in costume and wardrobe. The latest rates, published in July 2023, are based on information gathered from members across every level of the film industry. Rates are quoted for all grades – from costume designer through to costume PA – and are divided into film budget bands. Advice is also given on basic and ‘rolled’ up rates as they relate to holiday pay. Bectu recommends that freelancers accept no less than the figures quoted. An updated TV ratecard is being worked on.

Find out more about the work the branch does at their website.

Costume Professionals: Your Rights At Work booklet

Costume Film Rate Card July 2023

Costume TV Rate Card July 2023

FAA (Background Artistes)

The current PACT-FAA rate card for supporting artistes came into force on 1 March 2023 and runs until 31 December 2023. The agreed set of rates covers Standard and Continuous Day and Night calls, Shift calls, Non-Performance calls, meal penalties, fees for supplementary performances and services, and travel allowances.

To access the full FAA-Pact Agreement you will need to be a member and you will need to login to access it. Members can also download the FAA Rates App and rate cards below.

Find out more information on joining Bectu.

FAA/PACT Rate Card 2024 (effective from March 6 2024)

FAA/PACT Agreement 2022

Grips

These are the latest ratecards for Grips in film and TV. The film ratecard applies to films with budgets £30m and above, under £30m and less than £10m. The rates for films with budgets £30m and above should be read in conjunction with the new agreement covering major motion pictures introduced on 2 April 2018 and amended 5 April 2021.

Bectu Grips Branch Ratecard April 2024

Crane Technicians Rate Card 1st April 2023

Hair, Make-Up & Prosthetics

Please visit the Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics branch website to view our department rate cards. The rate card for hair and make-up workers supporting the fashion industry (editorial, lookbooks, film, photography, promotion, etc) is also below.

TV Drama and Feature Film Hair and Make-up rate card

Prosthetics rate card (shooting crew)

Fashion Hair and Make-Up Ratecard

Independent Theatre Producers

Independent Theatre Council Bectu Independent Producers Collective Agreement

Intimacy Coordinators

Intimacy Coordinator Rate Card and Guidance 2022-2024

Locations

These are the recommended going rates for film and TV covering supervising location managers, location managers, assistant location managers, location scouts and location assistants, from micro-budgets to mid-budget productions.

Location Branch – Film and TV drama Rates 2023

London Live Events

London Live Events Rates Guidance – Corporate & Venues 2023

Lighting Technicians

All our ratecard information for all Lighting Technicians (including on Commercials, Feature Films, TV Dramas and more) is available to view on this specialist page.

Outside Broadcast

This is the current ratecard for Outside Broadcast as produced by the Sound Branch. Published January 2023.

Outside Broadcast Sound Rates February 2023

Bectu OB recommended rates and terms April 2023 

Post Production

These are the current editor’s ratecards in Feature Film, TV Drama, Factual and Entertainment, Short Form and Post-Sound.

Bectu’s Post Production and Facilities Branch is conducting a rates survey for editors working in feature films, factual TV and TV drama. The branch will use the findings of this survey to update the Bectu ratecards. Bectu wants the survey to become a rolling, continuing resource, so please do revisit the form and fill in your latest rates when starting a new job. Feel free to enter as many jobs as you can remember, going back up to 5 years. Please circulate the survey amongst your colleagues, and encourage anyone working in editorial to complete it. Please note: the survey is anonymous and you are not required to fill in the name of the production or production company, although please add in this information if you feel comfortable doing so.

Post Production & Facilities Branch – Film Ratecard 2023-2024

Factual and Entertainment TV Editors Ratecard 2023-2024

Post Production & Facilities Branch -TV Drama Ratecard 2023-2024

Post Production & Facilities Branch – Short Form Film Ratecard 2023-2024

Post Production & Facilities Branch – Post-Sound ratecard 2022

Production

This is the Bectu Production branch minimum ratecard.

LPD Film and TV Production branch ratecard 2023

Props

These are the recommend rates for Props. These documents also provide some guidance on working hours, overtime, prep/wrap of which more details can be found in either the tv or film agreement docs here.

Props Branch Ratecard 2023

Props Branch Ratecard – Modellers on Film 2023

Riggers

These are Bectu’s recommended rates and terms and conditions for Riggers. Please also see ‘Construction’ for Major Motion Picture rates. Rigging Electrical rates can be found below.

For a list of accredited Riggers go here.

You can find the Riggers JIGS rule book here. The grading application form for Riggers is here.

Runners

This document offers rate guidance to runners working in film and TV and is based on the direct experience of members.

Set Crafts (Carpenters and Scenic Painters)

These are the recommended rates for Carpenters and Scenic Painters working in TV Drama. For Major Motion Picture rates please see the Construction rate card.

Special Effects (SFX)

This is the 2024 SFX Branch Ratecard. It covers workers doing physical and pyrotechnic special effects in Major Motion Pictures and TV Drama. It also includes guidance on rates/hours on a ‘Workshop Day’ and notes on the application of the Bectu agreements to SFX departments.

SFX Ratecard 2024

Society of London Theatres

Bectu SOLT rates October 2023 – January 2026

Bectu/SOLT Buyout calculator June 2024

Sound

This is the current ratecard for Production Sound as produced by the London Production Division Sound Branch. Published June 2023.

Production Sound Rates 2024

This is the current ratecard for Outside Broadcast as produced by the Sound Branch. Published January 2023.

Outside Broadcast Sound Rates February 2023

Stagehands

Bectu advises all members working as Standby Stagehands to use this Bectu rate card when agreeing pay with productions. These can be negotiated up, but we recommend not accepting work for below these rates. Should you have any queries about the rates or terms and conditions you’ve been offered, please call your Bectu official to discuss before accepting the role.

Standby Stagehands Ratecard 2022

Touring Theatre

Bectu Guide to Good Practice on Touring Productions June 2023

Bectu Touring Theatre Professional Rates Guidance January 2023

Bectu/UK Theatre Buyout Calculator June 2024

Bectu Timesheet Template June 2023

UK Theatre

The collective bargaining agreement between Bectu and UK Theatre covers most commercial theatres outside London.  Below are the minimum rates for staff. Please note that the subsistence allowance increased to £140.00 (with effect from 1 April 2017). Also below are the amended touring allowances for staff working on opera and ballet productions from 3 April 2017 and the latest UK Theatre/ Equity /Bectu rates for lighting designers, set and costume designers and resident designers for 2017 – 2018.

These documents are for members only and you will need to login to access them. Find out more information on joining Bectu.

Uk Theatre/Bectu Rates 2024-2025

Bectu/UK Theatre Buyout Calculator June 2024

Theatre Freelancers Rates Guidance 2023

UK Theatre/SOLT Opera and Ballet Touring Allowances 2024

UKT Equity Bectu Designer Lighting rates 2023-2024

UKT Equity Bectu Resident Designer rates 2023-2024

UKT Equity Bectu Designer Set and Costume rates 2023-2024

Unscripted TV

This document, based on research undertaken by The Time Project and bench marked against survey responses from The Freelancer Task Force, outlines rates for those working in editorial and production roles in Unscripted TV.

The guidance below should be used by freelancers to negotiate rates of pay starting at the listed baseline rate and negotiating upward of that figure based on your experience and the demands of the role.

James Taylor, Chair of the UTVU , Statement on the Unscripted TV Rate Guidance

Unscripted TV Rate Guidance 2022

Production Accountants

This is the current Bectu Production Accountants Branch minimum ratecard.

Production Accounts Department TV Drama Ratecard

Unit Drivers

This is the Bectu Production Transport branch minimum rates for Unit Drivers that work in Film and TV (Effective from 1stJanuary 2021).

Unit Drivers Ratecard