Teaching and training
Public educational institutions have fairly firmly set rates, linked to University and College Union negotiated rates. Rates for private colleges are more flexible, and for commercial training much more so.
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Universities and colleges
Public sector colleges and universities often have fairly firmly set hourly rates, linked to University and College Union negotiated rates. Negotiation in practice is over how many hours freelance teachers are paid for: see the notes below.
|Per day for prestigious private colleges/courses||500.00
|Per day for private colleges/courses||250.00
|Per classroom hour in private colleges||50.00
|Per classroom hour in universities||35.00
|Per classroom hour in further ed etc||30.00
- Public sector colleges and universities often expect teachers to carry out preparation and marking as part of the deal - so a "teaching hour" can take up considerably more than 60 minutes.
- Freelance teachers need to check carefully how much time they will be expected to put in for their money.
- Exam boards, student support and guidance should definitely be paid for as extra hours.
- It is possible to negotiate extra hours for preparation - but only if agreed in advance.
- Public sector colleges often insist that they must deduct Income Tax at source - but it is possible to persuade them to treat freelances as self-employed.
- It may be harder to persuade public sector colleges not to deduct National Insurance at source.
- Privately-run colleges are more flexible both on hours and deductions.
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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.