[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Shifts / regional

Updated: 2021-04-09

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 / 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
Basildon Evening Echo 7.5hrs subbing _NQ 2002 GBP 80.00 X
Belfast Telegraph reporting day - as reported to journoresources.org.uk - from the Rate for the Job! _INM 2020 GBP 84.00 XX
Belfast Telegraph reporting shift 2019 GBP 84.00 XX
Belfast Telegraph subbing/ reporting shift _INM 2001 GBP 63.00
Belfast Telegraph sub shift _INM 2001 GBP 63.00 GR X
Castleford and Pontefract Express reporting day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 55.00 XXXX
Chichester Observer per hour - isn't this illegal? _Johnsto 2005 GBP 3.58 XXXX
City A.M. subbing day 2008 GBP 140.00 GR
Derby Telegraph unspecified work per hour _TMG 2020 GBP 10.00 X
Derby Telegraph Subbing day, 7.5hrs _LocalW 2016 GBP 100.00 GR
East Anglian Daily Times _ECN 2003 GBP 85.00
East Anglian Daily Times subbing day (7hrs) _ECN 2002 GBP 85.00
East London Advertiser subbing day _ECN 2008 GBP 100.00 XXX
Enfield Advertiser _SouthN 2001 GBP 100.00
Enfield Gazette reporting day _Tindle 2016 GBP 110.00
Enfield Gazette subbing day _TMG 2002 GBP 120.00 X
Enfield Gazette subbing day _TMG 2002 GBP 100.00 XX
Enfield Gazette 1999 GBP 90.00
Evening Standard editing day _Lebedev 2013 GBP 160.00 GR
Falkirk Herald reporting day: 8hrs with 30min lunch no expenses paid, not taxed at source _Johnsto 2013 GBP 81.00 XXX
Greenwich Times subbing half-day 1996 GBP 60.00
Greenwich subbing day no holiday pay; not taxed at source 2013 GBP 150.00
Irish News 6.5 hour subbing shift _Inews 2007 GBP 75.00 GR
Lancaster Evening Post eight hour subbing shift _RIM 2002 GBP 78.00 GR
Manchester Evening News subbing day _GMG 2004 GBP 93.42 GR
Metro.co.uk reporting day (via #FairDealForFreelancers) _Assoc 2020 GBP 100.00 XX
News + Star / Cumberland News, Carlisle 7.5 hour subbing day _Cumbria 2007 GBP 80.00 X
Northampton Chronicle & Echo news reporting day _Johnsto 2010 GBP 110.00 X
Oldham Advertiser (local free paper) subbing per day _GMG 2001 GBP 80.00
Oxford Times writing day _NQ 2010 GBP 100.00 XX
Sheffield Star picture research / desk shift _Johnsto 2006 GBP 65.00 X
Shropshire Star subbing or reporting day _MNA 2011 GBP 85.00 X
Solihull News subbing day, 7 hours _TMG 2013 GBP 100.00 GR X
South London Press reporting day no expenses _Tindle 2015 GBP 100.00 GR X
South London Press layout, subbing and reporting day _Tindle 2012 GBP 100.00 X
Southern Echo subbing day: princely 10% raise on 1989 rate and no extra for nights, Sundays or public holidays _NQ 2001 GBP 55.00 XX
Stratford Herald legal column, per day 2004 GBP 75.00 X
Sunday Life (Belfast) sub shift _INM 2001 GBP 63.00 GR X
The Clare People reporting per day _INM 2008 EUR 100.00
The Scotsman subbing day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 95.00 GR XX
The Wharf subbing shift 11-7pm still waiting end of Sept for work done in July _TMG 2004 GBP 130.00
The Wharf day subbing 10-6 work done early June & yet to be paid in November _TMG 2002 GBP 60.00 XX
Times Education Supplement Cymru (Wales) Reporting day no extra for Web use _TSL 2008 GBP 150.00
Wakefield Express reporting day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 55.00 XXXX
Wokingham Times subbing shift _GMG 2005 GBP 100.00 GR X
Yorkshire on Sunday subbing day 1993 GBP 70.00
Yorkshire Post subbing day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 95.00 GR
Yorkshire Post subbing 16:30 - 00:30 _Johnsto 2002 GBP 95.00 X
Archant local newspaper reporting day, exes paid _ECN 2007 GBP 85.00 X
Archant local papers reporting day web use included _ECN 2008 GBP 85.00 XX
Archant local papers news reporting shift _ECN 2008 GBP 85.00 XX
BBC news subbing day _BBC 2013 GBP 148.00 GR
Bradford Telegraph and Argus reporting day (turned down!) _NQ 2013 GBP 75.00 XXX
Clyde and Forth local papers in Berks/Bucks subbing day, for experienced subs _CF 2005 GBP 100.00
English regional newspaper reporting day (7.5hrs approx) _Johnsto 2013 GBP 100.00 XX
Guardian+Gazette series subbing day 1996 GBP 60.00
Johnston Press papers in NE England reporting or subbing day (though shifts are few and far between) _Johnsto 2018 GBP 100.00 XX
Local papers (Trinity Mirror Southern) subbing day _TMG 2002 GBP 110.00
Local papers 8 hours 1998 GBP 75.00
Media Wales (formerly Western Mail and Echo) seven-and-a-half hour subbing day (hour for lunch, unpaid) _TMG 2009 GBP 87.00 XX
NE England local freesheets (run by ex-proper-paper staff) reporting or subbing day , terms - at least 2018 GBP 100.00
NE England local paper reporting day (covering for a Local Democracy Reporter - how much does the BBC pay the paper? 2018 GBP 100.00 X
NewsQuest reporting day _NQ 1998 GBP 90.00 X
NewsQuest local papers subbing day - unchanged since 2000 _NQ 2005 GBP 90.00 X
Northcliffe local papers subbing day _Assoc 2005 GBP 90.00 X
Reed Regional papers subbing day 1996 GBP 75.00
Regional press reporting day (via #FairDealForFreelancers) 2020 GBP 120.00
Sussex Newspapers subbing day _Johnsto 2013 GBP 80.00 GR XX
Trinity Mirror local papers subbing day _TMG 2005 GBP 90.00 X
unnamed local community magazine day shift of unspecified activity 2014 GBP 100.00
unnamed local community magazine day shift of unspecified activity 2014 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

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