[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: recent rates for Shifts

Updated: 2020-10-21

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

^ Shifts / books

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Contract publishing per day to run project as editor including concept, pitching to client, client handling, commissioning text and subbing the text, plus social media and press releases related to project. Each book project lasts about a year, sometimes working every day, so 2018 GBP 250.00

^ Shifts / mags

Writing and editing work for magazines, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Attitude subbing day 2017 GBP 130.00 GR
Boat International subbing day 9.30-6 2018 GBP 150.00
House and Garden subbing day (7 hrs) taxed at source; paid time off on top _CondN 2017 GBP 130.00
Private Eye subbing day (7 hrs) not taxed at source __misc 2017 GBP 200.00
Schools Week Subbing day 2018 GBP 150.00
The Diplomat 10 hour (subbing?) day - 2020 GBP 140.00
The Diplomat 10 hour (subbing?) day 2020 GBP 140.00
The Week Junior subbing day 9.30-5.30 _Dennis 2018 GBP 145.00
World of Interiors subbing day (7 hrs) taxed at source; paid time off on top _CondN 2017 GBP 135.00

^ Shifts / news

Writing and editing work for national newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates.

See also regional newspapers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Daily Mirror Subbing day (7 hours) _TMG 2018 GBP 168.00 GR
Evening Standard sports subbing day 7am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) - _Lebedev 2018 GBP 130.00 GR
Financial Times subbing day 2019 GBP 160.00 HA
Observer magazine subbing day (7 hrs) taxed at source _GMG 2017 GBP 190.00
Sun subbing day not taxed at source _NI 2017 GBP 165.00
Sunday Times subbing day _NI 2019 GBP 176.96 GR O
Sunday Times Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 176.40 GR
Telegraph supplements subbing day (7hrs) paid time off on top _BarcB 2017 GBP 150.00
Times subbing day - _NI 2018 GBP 156.00
News UK Bridge Studio (advertorial / branded content) Subbing day (7 hours) _NI 2018 GBP 179.00 GR

^ Shifts / online

Writing and editing work primarily for online-only use, paid by the day or the hour.

In August 2012 we moved rates for online editions of newspapers and magazines into the 'news' or 'mags' listings.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / online * Freelance Fees Guide
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^ Shifts / other

Work paid by the day or the hour that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / other * Freelance Fees Guide
No rates were found here. Please try the links below.

^ Shifts / pr

See also Shifts / other...

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Matches Fashion subbing day 8:00am to 6:30pm - offered 2017 GBP 175.00

^ Shifts / regional

Writing and editing work for regional newspapers, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates)

See also national papers.

If you are interested, the archived rates are here.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / regional * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
XXXX
Derby Telegraph Subbing day, 7.5hrs _LocalW 2016 GBP 100.00 GR
NE England local freesheets (run by ex-proper-paper staff) reporting or subbing day , terms - at least 2018 GBP 100.00
 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

Other recent rates:

Type of work: In the "sector": (click or tap below!)
Words, per 1000 News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Words, other News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Photography News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Broadcasting News Local Other including podcasting
Shifts News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Other: Cartoons | Crosswords | Illustration | Punditry | Retainer | Teaching | Tip-off | Translation
Recently reported rates all from the past few months