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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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Please note that the suggested rates below are minima; that rates for copyright works are for limited licences; and that VAT is not included.
See notes on negotiating rates and *find a freelance

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Commercial training in media skills shades into the "consultancy" area where an important question is "how badly do they need this?" and those who have attained fame as trainers can name their own price. Technical training is a more sedate market...

Courses in how to handle TV - large clients: per day GBP 2500.00
Training Vice Chancellor to do TV interviews: per day GBP 1500.00
Courses in how to handle TV: per day GBP 1200.00
Technology training (eg Photoshop): per day GBP 500.00
Teaching university or charity staff to write simple press releases, etc - per hour GBP 40.00
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 GBP 500.00
Per day for private colleges/courses GBP 250.00
Per classroom hour in private colleges GBP 50.00
Per classroom hour in universities GBP 35.00
Per classroom hour in further ed etc GBP 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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More advice and links...
* On negotiating for Teaching and training
* University and College Union (merged AUT/NATFHE)
* Rates for the Job good, bad and ugly
* Join the NUJ to get individual advice & representation

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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.

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