the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

A number of BECTU branches host meetings where members get together to produce a ratecard for their grades and for specific areas of production (TV drama, factual TV, feature films etc).

Each branch has a right to produce any ratecard that it chooses to, subject to the approval of their division (in this case the London Production division). The rates offered here are the most recent ones to be published by your branch. 

BECTU's production divisions urge every branch to publish a new ratecard each year. If you wish to get involved in this work, and help your branch to establish an updated ratecard, please email lpd@bectu.org.uk or contact your branch official. 

Current ADs documents

The current ratecard and terms and conditions document published by the Assistant Directors' branch are effective from November 2017. 

The documents set out the branch's approach to working days, hours, break times and rest-breaks between shifts. It defines the length of days/weeks and when overtime becomes due, along with the relevant overtime rates that branch members are being urged to apply. Allowances, expenses and cancellation terms are also covered. 

Promo ratecard

'Promo' or 'Music Video' is intended to refer to a short film accompanying a recorded song, often seen as an avenue for creative expression in film-making and an opportunity to use the latest technology in an experimental way. 

Important note: Unless expressly stated, all BECTU ratecards are rates that have been recommended by the relevant BECTU branch to their members. Neither the PACT TV Drama agreement (effective Dec 2017) or the Major Motion Picture Agreement (effective April 2018) currently have agreed rates. It has come to BECTU’s attention that some productions, and some members have mistakenly concluded that the BECTU ratecards are agreed BECTU/Pact rates. This is not currently the case. Please also note that some branches have ‘Commercials’ rates. These will generally refer to the rates in the APA Agreement and they should be treated as ‘agreed’ for all productions that use the APA agreement.

ADs branch becomes established

The Assistant Directors branch was formed in 2015 to offer support and to represent the interests of 1st, 2nd and 3rd ADs. 

Last page update 30 January 2018

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