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New daily rate from 1 January 2017

Members have voted by a majority of 2-1 to accept a new daily rate of £247.50 with effect from 1 January 2017. The ballot concluded on Monday 26 September 2016 with 68% of members voting yes with 32% voting no. 

Until 1 January, any new jobs or daily contracts will continue to be subject to local negotiation with a minimum daily rate of £240 for a 10+1 day with overtime at £35p/hr except for those jobs where agreement on a higher rate is in place.  

Talks will continue between Pact and BECTU regarding T&Cs with the aim of producing a workable document by 31st December 2016. The subject of overtime will be high on the agenda. Budget bands will also be part of this discussion. Read more from the Lighting Technicians branch.


BECTU's recommended going rates of pay ( from 1 September 2016) for lighting technicians working in TV drama are attached to this page. Please note that these rates have not been agreed by any employer.

A recent vote by members resulted in a 92.08% majority in favour of a 3% increase on recommended basic rates for TV Drama, with a new rate for higher budget shows. The rates attached here are recommended for all new contracts from 1st September 2016.

T&Cs from 2013 continue to apply

However Ts & Cs are unchanged from the previous 2013 rate card; for this reason the 2013 ratecard remains attached to this page as terms and conditions are set out there.  

The TV Committee have been, and will continue to be, in separate negotiations with employers to design, approve and publish an agreed revised set of terms of employment for the TV Drama Sector.

As part of our discussions with management, it has been agreed that each crew member should receive a DEAL MEMO at the time of engagement. More info here. 

BECTU supports the '24/35' campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the recommended rate card in TV Drama. 

Last page update 30 September 2016.