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

Updated: 21 April 2017

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" 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 / other

Work paid by the day or the hour that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or online publications. (The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication/Programme - details & terms Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
IDS Pay Report writing/research day _Reuter 2012 GBP 100 XX
Water Resources (NGO publishing) photography, video, reporting day 2012 GBP 350 O
Absolute Picture Agency 1998 GBP 100 -
Ad agency picture research, per hour 2001 GBP 20
Anonymous commercial research/report, per day 1996 GBP 350 -
Audit Commission subbing day 1994 GBP 200 -
BBC research day _BBC 1996 GBP 100 - X
BBC Business 8-hour editing day (+ holiday pay) _BBC 2015 GBP 140
BBC in-house newsletter negotiated contract per day _BBC 2000 GBP 220 -
BBC in-house newsletter writing/editing day _BBC 1999 GBP 220 -
BBC Wales researcher day (9 hours) _BBC 2015 GBP 106 GR XXX
BBC World Service Newsletter write/edit (ed all of it?!) _BBC 1996 GBP 200 - ?X
Business research firm proofreading day 2013 GBP 160
Care International (charity) 2.5 days report writing 2006 GBP 400
Central School of Speech and Drama Production day 1997 GBP 120 -
Centre for British Teachers advice on editorial matters, per day 2002 GBP 350
Christian Aid research 2003 GBP 120
Christian Aid day 2001 GBP 120
Collecting Society day consultancy/research on media issues 2011 GBP 300
Communications International writing/subbing _EMAP 2000 GBP 65 - X
Consultancy on media strategy - FTSE 100 company per day 2007 GBP 600
Contract publisher copy-editing, EUR60 per hour implies day rate of 2011 EUR 420
Corporate client editing intranet, per 7-hour day 2012 GBP 56 XXX
Corporate writing day 2007 GBP 400
Corporate writing (Brussels) hour 2007 EUR 75
Corporate writing / consutancy day 2007 GBP 500
Cultural consultancy music journalists interviewed to extract expert views; two hours at their place 2012 GBP 200 O
Cultural consultancy music journalists interviewed to extract expert views; per day 2012 GBP 1000 O
Cultural consultancy music journalists interviewed to extract expert views; per day 2012 GBP 500
Department of Health Writing for newsletters, websites, reports, editing One year contract, 6 days a month plus expenses, not taxed at source _HMG 2010 GBP 250
Editorial Enterprises subbing day (member notes '!!') 1993 GBP 65 - X
English Churches Housing Trust proofreading annual report, per hour 2001 GBP 15
European Commission rewriting day 2005 GBP 300 O
European NGO per day, work not specified 2015 EUR 300
European Union research/writing 1996 GBP 200 - X
Food Standards Agency research/writing day _HMG 2002 GBP 200
Forward (contract publishing) Subbing day _Forward 1998 GBP 120 -
Fulcrum Productions Development research, week 1999 GBP 325 -
Help Age International copy editing day 2008 GBP 200
IMP picture research day 1999 GBP 115 -
International Federation of Building and Wood Workers poster design, per hour _TU 2001 GBP 20 O
International Labour Office subbing paid at 115 Swiss Francs per 1000 words = 2013 GBP 78
Joseph Rowntree Foundation subbing/writing 1994 GBP 200 -
London College Of Fashion day teaching Getting Started As A Freelance 2008 GBP 316.48 GR O
M+S catalogue subbing day _Axon 2006 GBP 150
MCP (eh?) subbing day 1997 GBP 60 - X
Netherlands Union of Journalists recommended rate experienced freelances, per day (=£223) 2003 EUR 313
Netherlands Union of Journalists recommended rate beginner freelances, per day (=£171) 2003 EUR 240
Netherlands Union of Journalists recommended rate very experienced freelances, per day (=£293) 2003 EUR 412
OASIS evenings half-day subbing 1996 GBP 50 -
Patient Choice NHS booklet subbing in-house 2006 GBP 130 GR
PCS union writing and subbing day _TU 2010 GBP 170
private job 4 hours' research 2009 GBP 100
RAI International television day (doing what?) excluding overtime 2009 GBP 120 XX
Ree Publishing subbing day 1997 GBP 200 -
Rhinegild Publishing Subbing day 1997 GBP 100 -
Royal Mail picture research hour 1999 GBP 15 -
Royal Society Attend scientific discussion, per day 2003 GBP 200
The Royal Society attend scientific meeting to do writeup, per day 2003 GBP 200
self-published editorial editorial, per day 2014 GBP 120 X
Small specialist publisher subbing copy, per piece (less than one day's work) 2007 GBP 200 GR
Spa Press subbing day 1997 GBP 200 -
United Nations proofreading documents from 3pm to 1am; offered to pay for a taxi home but fee still 'regrettably low' 2014 GBP 90 XXXX
United Nations proofreading documents from 3pm to 1am; offered to pay for a taxi home but fee still 'regrettably low' 2014 GBP 90 XXXX
Victim Support annual report - editing/markup of 12pp _HMG 2003 GBP 800
West London Leadership Writing/editing report, per day 2002 GBP 450 O
World Development Movement Editing charity report, per day 2001 GBP 120
World Vision (charity) 2 days copy-editing 2006 GBP 400 O

The above are the rates for Shifts / other notified by members up to 21 April 2017.

 
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¤
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O

Other 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