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Freelance teachers and trainers will find enormous variations in the fees available depending on whether they are working in the private or public sector.

Teaching can be really rewarding - and also extremely exhausting, especially if an hour's paid work turns into a day's actual work - or some nights' work, if loyalty to students built up over a year leads to over-involvement with assignment deadline panic.

Public sector colleges and universities often have fairly firmly set hourly rates - so the teacher's negotiations will be over how many hours they are paid for. As noted in the section on negotiating, pay is often for very nominal "teaching hours" and both sides need to be clear how many actual hours are expected.

Rates for private colleges are more flexible, and for commercial training extremely so. There the field is wide open for negotiation over price. In some cases the client will feel they've got better value if they've paid more - just as more expensive perfumes are per se better value than cheap ones.

§ See: University and College Union (merged AUT/NATFHE) <http://www.ucu.org.uk/>

§ See: Suggested schedule of cancellation fees

Notes on negotiating rates for Teaching and training

These are some things to remember when negotiating rates and terms for teaching and training. And please send us your accounts of successful negotiations.

We welcome feedback from members on these notes.

The suggested rates: 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.

Commercial -

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 dayGBP2500.00
Training Vice Chancellor to do TV interviews: per dayGBP1500.00
Courses in how to handle TV: per dayGBP1200.00
Technology training (eg Photoshop): per dayGBP500.00
Teaching university or charity staff to write simple press releases, etc - per hourGBP40.00
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/coursesGBP500.00
Per day for private colleges/coursesGBP250.00
Per classroom hour in private collegesGBP50.00
Per classroom hour in universitiesGBP35.00
Per classroom hour in further ed etcGBP30.00

§ See: University and College Union (merged AUT/NATFHE) <http://www.ucu.org.uk/>

§ See: Suggested schedule of cancellation fees

Notes:

  • Fees should reflect the number of people being trained at once and the level of expertise required.
  • One trainer says that three or maybe four is the maximum number that can be effectively trained in one half-day session, but the rate does not have to reflect whether 2, 3 or 4 turn up.
  • Freelance trainers and teachers always need to check carefully how much time they will be expected to put in for their money.
  • The rate for a half-day rate should be more than half the full day rate, as the trainer still need to travel to the venue, set-up and prepare, and so on - something like £700 for a half-day where the day rate would have been £1200.
  • Some trainers offer discounts to non-commercial outfits for training on their premises and with their computeres and software.

§ See: University and College Union (merged AUT/NATFHE) <http://www.ucu.org.uk/>

§ See: Suggested schedule of cancellation fees

Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. Comments to ffg@londonfreelance.org 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.