Agreements & Grading Schemes

Bectu has worked to negotiate a number of bargaining agreements, which cover workers across the board in film, TV and theatre. We also promote those agreements which ensure best practice such as APA and run a number of vocational grading schemes, which can be found below:

Advertising Producers’ Association (APA)

Edinburgh Festival Society

ITV Agreements

Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement

Pact/Bectu Major Motion Picture Agreement

Society of London Theatres

UK Theatre

Riggers Grading Scheme

Special Effects Grading Scheme

Advertising Producers’ Association

The Advertising Producers’ Association terms for crew working on commercials.

APA Recommended Crew Terms (2018)

APA Recommended Terms For Engaging Crew (Commercials) 2017

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

 

Edinburgh Festival Society

Bectu and the Edinburgh Festival Society (EFS) have a long standing Agreement which governs the terms and conditions of employment for all non permanent, regularly employed and casual technical employees working on Festival Shows during the International Festival regardless of which theatre or venue they are working in.

Permanent employees in these venues work to their own year round in-house pay rates and contracts and conditions of service which Bectu has agreed with their employers, apart from get-outs. For get-outs of EFS shows all technical staff work to the Bectu/EFS get-out rates contained in the Agreement.

Edinburgh International Festival Society Agreement (July 2017)

 

ITV Agreements

The union has a number of agreements with the ITV licence companies. In addition, a new national agreement — the Joint National Union Committee — was signed in January 2010. This agreement provides for formal negotiations at national level on pay and a number of other cross-company issues.

ITV Joint Union National Committee

 

Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement

Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement covering all key working terms and conditions for crew engaged on independent UK drama and comedy production and a guide drawn up in collaboration with our reps.

Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement 2017

Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement guide July 2019

 

Pact/Bectu Major Motion Picture Agreement

An agreement covering all the significant terms and conditions for crew engaged on major motion pictures with budgets equal to or in excess of £30 million pounds.

Major Motion Picture Agreement

 

Society of London Theatres

The agreement between BECTU and SOLT (Society of London Theatres) covers West End theatres in London.

This agreement is for members only, please login to access this document. If you want more information about joining Bectu go here.

SOLT-BECTU Collective Bargaining Agreement 2017 (updated April 2018)

 

UK Theatre

The agreement between UK Theatre and Bectu covers most commercial and subsidised theatres outside London.

This agreement is for members only, please login to access this document. If you want more information about joining Bectu go here.

UK Theatre / BECTU Agreement April 2017 (updated January 2019)

 

Riggers Grading Scheme

The Joint Industry Grading Scheme (JIGS) provides a career structure for those involved in rigging and scaffolding and is the only industry approved scheme. It also oversees the accreditation of special effects personnel, stunt performers and coordinators.

The Joint Industry Committee, which is made up of representatives from the BBC, ITV, Pact and Bectu, determines the levels of experience, training and responsibility required to hold the various job titles (grades) within the scheme. The committee meets on a regular basis to review submissions from individuals seeking grading or regrading at trainee, basic and advanced levels and to agree on accreditation.

The scheme, which has been in place for some 20 years, maintains skills levels in what can be a hazardous profession.  Equally important is the role the scheme plays in helping to ensure that productions are, or become, low risk ventures from both the completion and health and safety points of view.

View the latest list of accredited riggers and scaffolders (this list is made up of accredited personnel who have given permission for their details to be published here). Contact us if you have any queries. Use this form to apply for grading/regrading and to appear on the website listing.

Further guidance documents:

 

Special Effects Grading Scheme

The Joint Industry Special Effects Grading Scheme provides a career structure for those involved in physical, pyrotechnic and visual special effects.

There is a Bectu member-only document that contains all of the relevant information on the management of this scheme including rules, appeals procedures, codes of practice, rates, job descriptions, etc. Logged in members should go here.

The Joint Industry Committee (made up of representatives from the BBC, ITV, PACT, the major film companies and BECTU) determines the levels of experience, training and responsibility required to hold the various job titles (grades) within the scheme. Visit the JIGS site.

Special effects professionals are encouraged to join the scheme as trainees. As they receive training and their experience grows, they can apply for re-grading as technicians, senior technicians, and eventually, as supervisors. Non-members using the scheme pay £200 for each grading/re-grading application. See statement below.

The structure of the Joint Industry Special Effects Grading Scheme is also used by employers (production companies, producers, etc.) to ensure that they are employing suitably experienced, qualified and responsible individuals. This system helps to ensure that productions are, or become, low risk ventures, both from the completion and health and safety points of view.

View the latest list  of accredited special effects operators.

Accredited special effects operators can apply to appear on the list.  All grading/re-grading applications should be submitted in both electronic form (pdf or Word) and hard copy (paper). Hard copy should be sent to Paul Evans, assistant national secretary, Bectu Sector of Prospect, 373-377 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT. Non-members should enclose a cheque for £200.

The Board of JIGS Ltd has agreed that, in the interests of equity and fairness, non-members of Bectu who apply for grading in the SFX Grading Scheme should pay a fee of £200 to JIGS Ltd with their first application and a further fee of £200 on each occasion that they seek to be re-graded. Payment will be required before cards are issued. Applicants will be notified when their grading/re-grading has been finalised.