SO HOW have subbing rates been doing? Members report managements cutting offered rates unilaterally "because of the crisis".
A cynic would say that managements would say that, wouldn't they - any crisis is an opportunity, in their case to cut costs.
And the Freelance is, by profession, a cynic.
So we decided to plot the rates you reported to the Rate for the Job since records began in April 1992.
The result is less bad than we feared:
Rates reported for subbing shifts in all sectors: news, regional, mags, books and PR.
We have a nasty feeling we failed to weed out some rates that are in fact per hour.
The red line in the graph above is a "linear regression" - the simplest way of extracting a trend from a scatter of data.
And it shows rates rising in cash terms - possibly not keeping pace with inflation, but rising.
We don't have enough data to be sure what's happening at the right-hand edge - that's now. So let us know, in confidence,
what you've been paid - submit a rate.