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If you work in the media and entertainment industries, then you should be a member of BECTU. Join us. As our membership is broad and diverse a number of options apply. The standard introductory subscription for new members is £10 a month.

Whether you're an employee or self-employed (freelancer) you can join online now.  

join BECTU online now

Employees should read the notes below for information which may be relevant to their employer. Future members also have the option to download the relevant application form (or to request this) and to return this to us by post.

Find out more about BECTU's member benefits. (Booklet also attached to this page).

NB: If you have an existing problem and you are seeking the union's immediate help please call our membership department on 020 7346 0900 (office hours, Mon-Fri) so that we can talk to you about the arrangements for joining BECTU. Otherwise do follow the guidance on this page. If you are renewing your subscriptions or making a regular payment, please also contact our membership department for advice on payment. 

BBC joiners

Staff at the BBC, BBC Studioworks Ltd  and BBC Worldwide should use the Join Online link above to join us and to pay subscriptions by direct debit. Another option is to use this form to join online and pay subscriptions via the payroll. Alternatively download this form and return to us by freepost. 

New members will pay £10 a month for 24 months (or 1% of earnings if earnings are less than £12K a year). 

Staff working for BBC Contractors are invited to download this form (also attached to this page). Simply complete and return by freepost.

Atos, Ericsson Broadcast Media Services and Immediate Media

If you work for Atos, Ericsson Broadcast Media Services (formerly Red Bee Media) or Immediate Media you too should join your colleagues in BECTU membership. You have the option to pay your subscriptions via the payroll or by DD. To pay subscriptions through the payroll, download the standard application form (also attached to this page), or in the case of staff at Ericsson, please visit this page to join New members at Atos, Ericsson and Immediate Media will pay £10 a month for 24 months. 

ITV, Ofcom, UK theatre and more .... 

If you're staff in any other sector (see note below) and you don't want to use the online facility highlighted at the top of this page, please download our standard application form (also attached to this page) and return this to us using the freepost address on the form. Alternatively, you can ask us to post the appropriate application form to you.

Background artistes should contact us to request a form by post. New entrants should visit this page.

BECTU works for you

The union promotes the interests of those working in the sectors we have responsibility for. How do we do this? By organising the workforce and by using that influence to persuade employers to treat their staff fairly, be they employed or freelance.

Improvements to pay and conditions of employment (working hours, sick pay, holiday entitlement, and job security, to name but a few) and the proper protection of the workforce through a commitment to health and safety, equality and training define what BECTU is about.

BECTU has long-standing recognition agreements with a huge number of employers operating in the media and entertainment industries. From large scale employers like the BBC, ITV, the National Theatre or Odeon, through to smaller operations such as the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, or an animation workshop in Bristol, BECTU branches are working for their members. 

In some cases our agreements are with groups of employers such as with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), UK Theatre (for regional venues, organisation previously known as the TMA) or the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, otherwise known as PACT. BECTU has recently concluded new agreements to represent staff at Al Jazeera English, Curzon Cinemas, the Kings Place arts venue in London and Shakespeare's Globe.

Each recognition agreement is different and sets out the scope of the union's rights with a given employer, or employers' group, to negotiate on behalf of the staff and freelances covered by the agreement.

The right to join

UK legislation gives everyone the right to belong to a trade union; we hope you will use that right and join your union. We also encourage you to find out more about BECTU through your branch.  We invite you to get involved in the union's work.

New entrants

If you're a new entrant to the industry, and have recently graduated or completed a course of training, you may qualify for a special rate for your first year of membership. Check this page for details

For queries about membership please contact our membership department on 0207 346 0900 or email

Connecting with students

BECTU also operates a Student Register for students planning a career in the media and entertainment sectors. The Student Register is a contact scheme which builds on our good relations with students and their tutors and helps with preparation for work in our sectors. Registration is free.

Students on the register will receive invitations to our events and useful information on a range of issues via a regular e-newsletter.

Student and new entrants will also find the information at Creative Toolkit very helpful. Check out the Help Notes which cover key topics such as Business Skills for Freelances, CV Writing, Succeeding at Interview, Getting In, Getting On, Health and Safety and Networking. 

Last page update 1 July 2016. 

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