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Welcome to the Freelance Fees Guide

NEW! Every section of the Guide is now just one click away from listings of NUJ freelances with the right skills, from the NUJ Freelance Directory. Look up the rate, find a freelance: sorted.

We are constantly revising the Guide rates: please send comments and submit rates that you have been paid in the past year. If you have not read the Guide for a while it is important that you read the introduction before going to the rates listings.


Follow the links below to go to the suggested rates for each kind of work. There you will find links to further advice.

* Broadcasting / Commercial radio
* Broadcasting / Programme support
* Broadcasting / BBC and national TV
* Online/digital media / Editing and production
* Online/digital media / Writing and research
* Photography / Books
* Photography / Broadcasting
* Photography / Corporate work
* Photography / Magazines
* Photography / National newspapers
* Photography / Public relations
* Photography / Regional newspapers
* Photography / Videography
* Print media / National newspapers
* Print media / Regional newspapers
* Print media / Magazines
* Print media / Books
* Public relations / Editing and production
* Public relations / Project fees
* Public relations / Writing and research
Advice for all freelance journalists
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* Rates for the Job good, bad and ugly
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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. The collection (database right) © National Union of Journalists. Comments to please. You may find the glossary helpful.

The National Union of Journalists must not, can not and would not wish to dictate rates or terms of engagement to members or to editors. The information presented here is for guidance and as an aid to equitable negotiation only.

Suggestions apply to contracts governed by UK law only. In any event, nothing here should be construed as legal advice.