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.

Art Department

The Art Department branch’s Salary guide and Terms and Conditions are below. Take part in our ratecard survey.

Art Department Ratecard January 2020

Art Department: Branch Terms and Conditions (April 2015)

Assistant Directors

These documents set out the branch’s approach to working days, hours, break times and rest-breaks between shifts. They define the length of days/weeks and when overtime becomes due, along with the relevant overtime rates that branch members are being urged to apply. Allowances, expenses and cancellation terms are also covered. ‘Promo’ or ‘Music Video’ is intended to refer to a short film accompanying a recorded song, often seen as an avenue for creative expression in film-making and an opportunity to use the latest technology in an experimental way.

Assistant Directors’ Unified Ratecard (February 2019)

Assistant Directors’ Branch – TCs (April 2016)

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

These are the rates for freelancers and casuals engaged by BBC Scotland, effective 1 October 2018.

BBC Scotland Freelance/Casual Rates 2019


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 2019

Camera Branch Ratecard Film and TV Drama 2019

Construction (Major Features)

Rates set by Bectu’s construction branch for work on major feature film production up to 2021 are below.

Construction Rates Feature Film 2018-19

Construction Crew Rates Feature Film 2019-20

Construction Crew Rates Feature Film 2020-21


These are the recommended rates of pay for freelancers in costume and wardrobe. The latest rates, published in March 2019, 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 and Wardrobe Ratecard (March 2019)


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 2020

Factual and Entertainment TV Editors Ratecard 2020

Post Production & Facilities Branch -TV Drama Ratecard 2020 

Post Production & Facilities Branch – Short Form Film Ratecard 2020

Post Production & Facilities Branch – Post-Sound ratecard 2020

FAA (Background Artistes)

The current FAA/Pact ratecard for background artistes came into force on 1 March 2017 and runs for three years from 1 March 2017 to 29 February 2020. The agreed set of rates covers the standard day and night call, the shift call, fees for supplementary performances and services and travel allowances.

These rates are for members only and you will need to login to access them. Members can also download the FAA Rates App .

Find out more information on joining Bectu.

FAA-PACT Rate Card 2020-2022

FAA Pay Rates 2020

FAA Agreement 2017


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.

Grip Department Rates for Film 2018

Rates for grips in TV 2018

Hair & Make-Up

These are the ratecards for hair and make-up as of June 2019 in TV dramas and film. The ratecard for hair and make-up workers supporting the fashion industry (editorial, lookbooks, film, photography, promotion etc) is also below.

Hair and Makeup Branch Ratecard June 2019 – Film 

Hair and Makeup Branch Ratecard June 2019 – TV Dramas

Fashion Hair and Make-Up Ratecard


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 Rates 2019

Location Branch – TV Rates 2019

Lighting Technicians (Commercials)

These are Bectu’s recommended going rates of pay for lighting technicians working on commercials. The latest ratecard, which includes guidance on conditions of service, applies with effect from 1 July 2018. The Lighting Technician’s branch of Bectu only recognises the Maximum Daily APA Rate of £361.00 for 10hrs on all commercial content. Most companies continue to pay this rate and acknowledge the agreed position. If you are asked to work outside of the recommended rate please contact the union immediately. Text the details to 07918 053 984. Alternatively call 020 7346 0900 or email smacdonald@bectu.org.uk. Lighting console operators should see the grade specific document also below.

Lighting Console Operators: recommended rates

Lighting Technicians (Features)

A new 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. These pay rates should be read in conjunction with the new conditions agreement for Major Motion Film Agreement introduced on 2 April 2018. To aid calculations for OverTime on +£30M Major Motion Pictures, the Committee has compiled a PDF with rates for both Shooting and Rigging crews.

Lighting Technicians’ Rates Major Feature Film

Lighting Technicians (Drama)

With the implementation of the PACT/Bectu TV Drama Agreement on 1st December 2017, rates were set for each of the Agreed Budget Bands. The agreement applies to jobs that are run by PACT members. If you are working for a non-PACT company, we suggest you use this document as guidance to negotiate the best deal you can.  If you have a query about the agreement or wish to report non-compliance or abuse please email tvdrama@bectu.org.uk

The full ratecard, which also includes calculated figures for Overtime, is below.

Lighting Tech Rates 31st March 2019


This is the Bectu Production branch minimum ratecard.

Production branch ratecard 2018


These are the recommend rates for Props. These documents also provides guidance on working hours and overtime.

Props Branch Ratecard – Feature Film 2018

Props Branch Ratecard – TV 2018

Props Branch Ratecard – Modellers on Film 2018


These are Bectu’s recommended rates and terms and conditions for riggers. For a list of accredited riggers and scaffolders go here. You can find the Riggers JIGS rule book here and at the bottom of the page. The grading application form for Riggers is here.

Bectu Riggers feature films rate card 2020

Bectu Riggers commercials and dailies rate card 2020

Bectu Riggers TV drama electrical rigging rate card 2020

Bectu Riggers feature film electrical rigging rate card 2020

Bectu Riggers TV drama construction rigging rate card 2020 


These are Bectu’s recommended rates for Runners. The document draws on the results of surveys and on the direct experience of members of the union’s Runners branch.

Runners Ratecard August 2018


This is the current ratecard for Production Sound as produced by the London Production Division Sound Branch. Published November 2019.

Bectu Production Sound Rates November 2019

Society of London Theatres

Bectu negotiates with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) on rates of pay and conditions of service for theatre workers in London’s West End.

Below are the SOLT/Bectu rates effective 1 October 2017 until 1 October 2020 inclusive. The datasheet covers the pay increase of 3.5% for 2017-18, 3.5% for 2018- 2019 and 2.5% for 2019-2020.

This document is for members only and you will need to login to access them. Find out more information on joining Bectu.

SOLT Bectu Pay Agreement 2017-2020

UK Theatre/SOLT Opera and Ballet Touring Allowances (2019)

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 2019-2021

UK Theatre/SOLT Opera and Ballet Touring Allowances (2019)

UKT Equity BECTU Designers Rates – Lighting Designers – 2017-2018

UKT Equity BECTU Designers Rates – Set and Costume – 2017-2018

UKT Equity BECTU Designers Rates – Resident Designers – 2017-2018

Writers, Producers, Directors

The Writers, Producers, Directors branch (WPD) rate card is the result of members engaging with the survey and the consultation. These are the rates we recommend you seek when negotiating your salary. The WPD committee hopes that this rate card will make pay fairer so please do not undercut these rates. A range of rates in each job role has been provided to reflect different levels of experience.  A reminder that these are recommended rates for all genres EXCEPT TV drama and comedy.

WPD Recommended Rates – August 2019

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