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

Updated: 2022-05-03

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
British Dental Association Editing transcriptions of lectures to compile them into a book to help small business owners, such as medical practices 2018 GBP 200.00
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
Courier graphic designer day (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
ILO (International Labour Organization?) per day book editing - CHF 5000 = 2016 GBP 3500.00
Ink Global editor day (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 235.00
Lars Wagner design a book (8 hours) 2017 GBP 500.00
LexisNexisUK per hour - _RE 2018 GBP 24.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book minimum, more if rush job, find publishers willing to renegotiate if unanticipated extra work eg rewriting 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading ghost-written autobiography, then renegotiating to cover massive rewrite 2019 GBP 6000.00 O
Non-fiction book per day heavy edit on non-fiction book, £3000 agreed then major rewrite-plus led to renegotiation to... 2019 GBP 4750.00
Non-fiction book per day proofing/light edit on non-fiction book minimum 2019 GBP 1000.00
Proofreading - recommended minima Copyediting per hour 2022 GBP 31.30
Proofreading - recommended minima Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing per hour 2022 GBP 36.00
Proofreading and editing - recommended minima basic proofreading - as if there were any basic jobs 2022 GBP 26.90
Publishing editor day (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 320.00
Publishing graphic design day (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00 GR
Publishing/arts & heritage graphic designer day (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Reviewing as-yet-unpublished scientific pamphlet per day - paid in advance 2017 EUR 480.00 GR
Self-published book copy-editing book- took 29 hours - per hour 2019 GBP 35.00
Unnamed Nambian publisher unspecified activity, per day "OK as Namibian rate!" 2016 GBP 60.00
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

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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