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 email@example.com or contact your branch official.
NB: our Costume branch also has it's own website.
Current Costume documents
BECTU's recommended rates of pay for freelancers 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.
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 freelancers accept no less than the figures quoted.
An updated TV ratecard is being worked on.
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.
Last page update 30 January 2018