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18 April 2011

The union's Freelance Recognition Agreement with the BBC gives us the right to negotiate pay and terms and conditions for certain grades across a number of programme genres.

Union officials are focused currently on pulling together information about the rates paid by independent producers, or other broadcasters, supplying content to the BBC ahead of the first formal review of pay rates for BBC freelances working in drama.

BBC - out of step?

Data from freelances engaged by third party drama suppliers will help BECTU to demonstrate just how out of step BBC rates are. If you'd like to help with this exercise - union member or not - your contribution would be very welcome.

We are particularly interested in camera, grips, lighting technicians, hair & make-up, costume & wardrobe, riggers and sound.  If you have worked on drama production for the BBC during the past year please email with details of:

  • the name of the TV drama job
  • the name of hte independent production company
  • your grade or job title
  • approximate start/finish dates
  • rate of pay (per day or per week)

All information will be held in strict confidence with only anonymised figures being used in the upcoming talks. If you can help, please send your data through by Thursday 21 April if at all possible.

BECTU and the BBC signed a recognition agreement for all freelances in April 2010. BECTU members should log-in for details of the agreement.


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