[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Words, per 1000 / pr

Updated: 20 December 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.

^ Words, per 1000 / pr

Writing for Public Relations should attract much higher rates than reporting. There's the 'selling your soul' aspect... But, practically, there's the time it takes. PR clients love meetings. Lots of them. Long ones. Meetings are what they do. (Also try Words, per 1000 / other.)

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / pr * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
Herald 1-page advertorial _NQ 2006 GBP 170 XX
Omnibus (Northern Ireland Office) 1994 GBP 150 -
Signature (Signature Media) 2014 GBP 300
Signature (Signature Media) 2014 GBP 300
Trust straightforward feature 2017 GBP 700 GR O
Zone BA World Cargo magazine - writing FBS 2001 GBP 350
Agency Fish Ltd inflight mags etc _Fish 2013 USD 300
AlbanDigital Advertising online for blog post ghostwriters, demand 3 years' experience - work not pursued when it turns out they pay 2016 GBP 100
Album sleevenote 1997 GBP 420 -
Anon engineering co. 3 press releases, total 1000 words all rights 2004 GBP 650
Anon PR co. Case study of engineering project, including sourcing images - the first all rights 2004 GBP 800
Anon PR co. Case studies of engineering projects, including sourcing images - subsequent all rights 2004 GBP 700
Anonymous blue-chip corporate mag 1995 GBP 400 -
Army online mag _HMG 2012 GBP 437.50 O
Boutique record label sleeve notes 2007 GBP 100
Brussels Airline inflight mag _Ink 2009 GBP 300 O
BT Denmark 1999 GBP 400 -
Capital Radio promotional mag _Gcap 1993 GBP 600 -
Creation Records 1998 GBP 250 -
Dairy Council of Northern Ireland 1994 GBP 500 -
East-West Records (PR biog) 1992 GBP 250 -
Energy corporate (Russian) feature all rights 2016 GBP 1750 O
Established independent record label sleeve notes 2007 GBP 180
Finnish record label PR biog for Finnish record label - 800 words @ £300, one shot email all rights nevertheless 2017 GBP 375
Gemalto (computer security company - PR?) 2012 GBP 300 X
Independent record company, sleeve notes 2007 GBP 140
Larger independent record label sleeve notes 2007 GBP 200
Liner notes for album on Norwegian label Record and CD 2017 GBP 250
Major label record company sleeve notes 2007 GBP 300
Major record label sleeve notes 2007 GBP 250
Phonogram record sleeve note (250 for 300 words) 1996 GBP 833 -
Phonogram Records PR biog 1993 GBP 200 -
Post-graduate education foundation PR writing 2007 GBP 700 O
PR Agency By-lined article, written up from interview 2007 GBP 350 GR
Press releases 550-word press release for a gallery @ €108 no terms discussed 2013 EUR 196 GR
Redwood Publishing _Redwood 1993 GBP 250 -
Royal Mail presentation pack _HMG 2006 GBP 1000
Shandwick PR 1994 GBP 400 -
Thomas Cook 2012 GBP 85 XXX
Universal Records PR 'biog' of superstar no licence specified 2001 GBP 1000 O
Website and marketing copywriting case studies 2016 GBP 600

The above are the rates for Words, per 1000 / pr notified by members up to 20 December 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 EURcurrency
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