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Costume and Wardrobe

Please note: where the rates posted on this page, or in this rates area, apply to big budget features these will be superceded from 1 June 2015 by the new ratecard and terms and conditions documents,  published by BECTU on 5 May 2015.

Where the rates on these pages cover Commercials or TV Drama these recommended rates will continue to apply. For more information see this page (where you will find attached the new ratecard and terms and conditions docs). BECTU members should send any queries to

All other features (not big budget)

BECTU's recommended rates of pay for freelances in costume and wardrobe are available to download from this page. 

The latest rates, published in  April 2015, are based on information gathered from members across every level of the film industry. The branch has also produced a draft set of terms and conditions. 

All grades

Rates are quoted for all grades - from costume designer through to costume PA - and are divided into film budget bands.

Advice is also given on basic and 'rolled' up rates as they relate to holiday pay.

BECTU recommends that freelances accept no less than the figures quoted.

An updated TV ratecard is being worked on. 

Last page update 15 May 2015. 

Freelances and PLI

Public liability insurance cover, up to £10m per claim, is available to the union's freelance members at low cost. (Just £25 for the policy which runs from 1 May 2015 - 30 April 2016).  More info on PLI hereJoin BECTU  More on benefits and services.

Crewbus freelance members directory - have you prepared your entry? Contact Sharon Elliott for more info.

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