More and better advice for freelances

WE HAVE UPDATED the NUJ Freelance Fees Guide to offer more and better advice on the business of being a freelance. In particular we've expanded the advice on how freelances should claim cash from collecting societies, and done our regular check against government changes.

The Fees Guide is legal because it is based on an open market survey, not least through NUJ members and others submitting rates they've received to our Rate for the Job service. If it weren't for this process, the Fees Guide would be at risk of being declared a "cartel" - as if freelance journalists were as maliciously powerful as, say, the US railroads in their pomp.

In August we were able to update top-notch magazine and newspaper rates. In July we were able to reflect better market information about what's being paid in the field of public relations. We have new suggested rates for words, pictures, shifts and "project work".

Those updates were possible due in large part to the generosity of the #FreelancerPayGap initiative in sharing its data. We analysed the pay gaps reflected in the rates they collected in April, here.

Most of the newly-suggested rates reflect new information about the top of the market. This reinforces the message from the survey that it is particularly important that journalists submit the best rates that you have received, to improve our understanding of the spread and the gaps.

Please see the links below to review the rates and to submit your own.