[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Other work / all sectors

Updated: 14 November 2017

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

^ Cartoons / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Cartoons / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
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Big Issue Southwest+Cymru: weekly colour _BI 1998 GBP 10 - XXXX
Big Issue Scotland; per agreement, each _BI 1997 GBP 30 - HA
Dateline (rise promised) 1992 GBP 50 -
Independent Editorial cartoon _Lebedev 2012 GBP 100 X
Observer _GMG 1995 GBP 125 -
Reuters World (in-house mag) B+W _Reuter 1993 GBP 65 -
IBM mag colour 1993 GBP 120

^ Crosswords / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Crosswords / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
Guardian Prize (cryptic) crossword: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 177 HA
Guardian Quick crossword: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 35 HA
Guardian Cryptic crossword: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 167 HA
Puzzle book (Igloo Books) full production, typesetting and design all rights assigned to company 2005 GBP 2500 0 X
Series of children's books, payment per book compiling crosswords and other puzzles, 2-3 for each title of 12 in the series flat fee for all rights, no other exes paid 1995 GBP 75 X
Small Regional Paper themed crosswords once a month, each 2004 GBP 50
Small regional weekly newspaper themed crosswords, two per month - to be reviewed in Jan 2004 2004 GBP 50 X
Specialist magazine 13x13 themed cryptic crossword, monthly 2013 GBP 80 X

^ Illustrations / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Illustrations / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
AMMO review B+W quarter-half page 1996 GBP 100 -
Big Issue _BI 1998 GBP 80 -
Focus on Africa unspecified number of illustrations of unspecified size _BBC 2011 GBP 450
Guardian Leader cartoon: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 420.75 29.25 HA
Guardian Letters page cartoon: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 141.19 9.82 HA
Guardian sport illustration: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 216.92 15.08 HA
Guardian small illustration _GMG 2003 GBP 125
New Scientist 2 illustrations (complex) _RBI 1995 GBP 475 -
New Statesman per day 2001 GBP 150
Observer Section cover illustration: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 349.69 24.31 HA
Observer Quarter page illustration: rate in 2012 house agreement _GMG 2012 GBP 241.23 16.77 HA
Student none no terms _Chadw 2007 GBP 0 XX
The Lancet graphs and diagrams, per hour _RE 2004 GBP 20
Time double-page spread, overnight turnaround , no exes first use _AOLTW 2015 USD 1800 0 GR O
BBC _BBC 1998 GBP 70 -
Harper Collins B+W book cover _NI 1994 GBP 180 -
Westminster Press group B+W (paid within 20 days!) 1994 GBP 130 -

^ Punditry / not broadcast

Being interviewed as an expert and punditry in general. Except, for historical reasons, the majority of this work, which is done for broadcasters - see Broadcasting / news, Broadcasting / regional and Broadcasting / other. There, going rates apply - see the Fees Guide link. Here, negotiations are wide open.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Punditry / not broadcast * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
Cambridge Festival on-stage live "Parky"-style interview, all exes paid, live rights only 2006 GBP 220
Chairing 1-day international conf on specialist subject all travel, accommodation, subsistence paid 2016 EUR 500
Classic Rock DVDs (not Classic Rock the mag) being interviewed about a band 2006 GBP 150
Film company 20-minute publicity interview with star 1998 GBP 1500 - OO
Large technology vendor Presenting at internal meeting paid for preparation and slides, travel and attendance (3 days work); travel and hotel paid; publisher took £500 fee on top 2007 GBP 1500 XX
Music Review DVD being interviewed about a band for an hour or so 2006 GBP 275
National women's organisation local group 40-minute talk 2017 GBP 60
Prism films offered for talking about U2 (a music combo) for DVD - at your place 2006 GBP 150 X
Prism films talking about U2 for DVD - at their place 2006 GBP 200 X
Prism Films 1-hour "pundit" interview for music DVD, upped from £150 for contributor "having proved themself" 2006 GBP 200
Prism Films 1-hour "pundit" interview for music DVD 2006 GBP 150 X
Record company talking about a band for DVD - negotiated by classifying part as 'expenses' 2006 GBP 275
South Bank Centre expert panel discussion participant 90 mins, exes £60 + _HMG 2015 GBP 300
University in UK One hour talk followed by Q&A up to one hour £60/day subsistence + £250 max travel expenses 2015 GBP 150
Vendor 40 min presentation plus 10 min podcast day rate, expenses (travel and hotel) paid on top; this is half the fee paid by the client, the rest went to the publisher (ie client paid 1k total) 2007 GBP 500 X
Victoria & Albert Museum offered £750 for a talk, which member agreed instantly by mistake - so asked for around £500 of freebies from sponsor, and got them _HMG 2016 GBP 1250

^ Retainers / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Retainers / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
Irish Post week _Smurf 1993 GBP 180 -
Mixmag Retainer per month 2017 GBP 2300
Surma, Janoma, Notun Din (Bengali/Bangla language) per year 1997 GBP 3000 -
Adult entertainment site writing around 60 model biogs (150 words each) - each takes about five minutes - per month 2007 GBP 350 O
ANSA newswire 70-80 shorts a month 2006 GBP 600 XXXX
Monthly retained PR campaign one meeting per month with small health firm, one press release or feature, rolling monthly schedule, media liaison 2007 GBP 500
retainer to work as editor for resource company editing 20 books per year 2006 GBP 9000
small financial services publisher writing articles, editing, publishing advice 2007 GBP 500 GR O
Small technology company writing copy (articles, white papers), bit of sub-editing when needed fee is per month, approx 4-5 days work per month 2007 GBP 2500 GR

^ Teaching / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Teaching / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
A writers' association day teaching 2015 GBP 450 O
Book authors speaking to schools per day 2005 GBP 250 GR
City Lit, London teaching day no expenses 2016 GBP 206 X
City Mine(d) half-day radio/audio workshop 2012 GBP 250
City University Commercial course, 2 hrs evening 1997 GBP 100 -
Communication Skills Europe day 2001 GBP 400
EMAP one day _EMAP 1994 GBP 300 -
EU training programme 1-day broadcast interview skills workshop with 1 day prep and report writing 2013 GBP 600 X
Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) teaching day £350 for 1st lesson, 400 thereafter, plus exes _TU 2016 GBP 400
Frontline Club Journalism training (day?) 2012 GBP 400
Frontline Club training day (one trainer) 2013 GBP 400 O
Frontline Club training day: two trainers, fee each 2013 GBP 250
Goldsmiths College per hour in class 1998 GBP 26.07 -
IFJ projects Ethics training for journalists (international) 2011 EUR 400 GR
International Federation of Journalists Training workshop (day?) _TU 2012 EUR 400
Kensington University (eh?) three hours lecturing on journalism ethics 2006 GBP 90
Large media group Preparing and delivering one-day customised training course on specialist journalism skills at its offices, travel expenses paid 2016 GBP 600
London College of Printing per hour in class 1998 GBP 26.07 -
London College of Printing day 1992 GBP 150 -
London Institute day 2001 GBP 168 XX
London Institute day (with bonus for pupils over 4) 1992 GBP 150 -
London School of Journalism reading up to 3000 words, writing at least 1500 words or two pages of feedback 2012 GBP 10 GR XX
MedaiWise projects use of Media training for voluntary sector national 2011 GBP 250 GR
Music journalism degree course 2-hour seminar, exes paid 2014 GBP 150
Music journalism degree course two-hour seminar 2014 GBP 150
Music journalism degree course two-hour seminar 2014 GBP 150
No Sweat journalism college Two- or three-hour teaching sessions 2008 GBP 90 X
PMA Training day 1998 GBP 370 -
PR writing/editing day 1994 GBP 400 -
PR writing/editing day 1994 GBP 250 -
Private client social media, publisher advice, training, per hour 2016 GBP 36
Random House Online Writing Course - 10 weeks 25 students per class, online support and constant feedback. They 'estimate' 1.5 hours a day but with 25 beginners likely to be more than 3 hours per day. (Tutor gets this for teaching 25 people who pay £12,475...) Turned job down. _PRH 2014 GBP 1250 XXXX
Random House Online Writing Course - 10 weeks 25 students per class, online support and constant feedback. They 'estimate' 1.5 hours a day but with 25 beginners likely to be more than 3 hours per day. (Tutor gets this for teaching 25 people who pay £12,475...) Turned job down. _PRH 2014 GBP 1250 XXXX
Solent University teaching two-hour seminar 2010 GBP 100
South Bank University teaching course on popular media, 36hrs teaching + 19 hours for marking and in lieu of travel, taxed at source, per hour 2007 GBP 38
Specialist with extra for anonymity 1994 GBP 350 -
Specialist day 1994 GBP 350 -
Sunderland university undergraduate course undergrad PR or media student seminars from £43 to £47 per hour depending on length of service, 1hr prep to 1hr contact 2013 GBP 47 GR
Ulster University 1 session a week 2008 GBP 34.28 X
University in UK Two-hour group activity £60/day subsistence + £250 max travel expenses 2015 GBP 250
University of Westminster Intro to internet for journalists, hour 1997 GBP 27 -
Unnamed educational institution journalism teaching - 3 contact hrs 2013 GBP 200
News International One crime story tip, if you're ex-executive editor Neil Wallis working for the Met, according to the Telegraph _NI 2011 GBP 10000

^ Tip-offs / news

* Tell us what you've been paid for Tip-offs / news * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
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Barnsley Chronicle __misc 2005 GBP 0 GR X^9!
Bizarre "weird news" tip _Dennis 2008 GBP 20 X
Building Design tip-off to editor, used sept 2003 _UM 2005 GBP 40
Daily Express deliver confidential report _NS 2001 GBP 200 0 XX
Daily Mail _Assoc 2012 GBP 100
Daily Mail news story tip _Assoc 2011 GBP 150
Daily Mail tip off for page lead _Assoc 2006 GBP 300
Daily Mail feature idea _Assoc 2004 GBP 300
Daily Mirror tip-off and background information for 1/4 page article FBS plus web _TMG 2011 GBP 400 O
Daily Record whether used or not _TMG 2013 GBP 75
Daily Star _UM 1996 GBP 100 -
Daily Telegraph news story, made around 4 pars _BarcB 2013 GBP 30
Daily Telegraph tip, contacts, quotes for news page lead _BarcB 2011 GBP 50 XX
Daily Telegraph Peterboro _Holl 2000 GBP 45
Daily Telegraph for 15 minutes' work _Holl 1996 GBP 75 -
Daily Telegraph front-page story _Holl 1994 GBP 100 -
Evening Standard diary tip (according to Guy Adams in the Independent _Assoc 2007 GBP 50
Evening Standard diary tip (according to Guy Adams in the Independent up to _Assoc 2007 GBP 120
Evening Standard political tip - was £40 in 1980, now _Assoc 2005 GBP 30 XXXX
Evening Standard _Assoc 2001 GBP 75
Guardian diary item tip-off _GMG 2014 GBP 30 X
Guardian diary item tip-off _GMG 2014 GBP 30 X
Guardian _GMG 2009 GBP 50
Guardian diary tip _GMG 2001 GBP 35
HotPress 2005 EUR 90 GR XXXX
Independent on Sunday _INM 1995 GBP 100 -
Mail on Sunday tip-off and follow-up _Assoc 2003 GBP 500
Mail on Sunday page lead _Assoc 1994 GBP 500 -
Observer _GMG 1994 GBP 200 -
Print News _HM 2012 GBP 30
Private Eye tip-off for 50-word article 2016 GBP 20 0
Private Eye 20-word tip-off 2015 GBP 10 X
Private Eye Tip-off about... 200 words odd for Rotten Boroughs page 2012 GBP 50 GR
Sun phone calls (three) on a story which reporter then denied receiving until told it showed on freelance's mobile bill _NI 2007 GBP 150
Sun _NI 1998 GBP 400 -
Sun page lead _NI 1994 GBP 300 -
Sunday Mirror exclusive _TMG 2000 GBP 450 -
Sunday Mirror 2-page inside _TMG 1994 GBP 1000 -
Sunday Mirror 2-page inside _TMG 1994 GBP 2000 -
Sunday Telegraph _Holl 1999 GBP 100 -
Sunday Times tip fee _NI 2001 GBP 50
The Sun exclusive tip-off on celebrity wedding (front page) _NI 2016 GBP 3000
The Sunday Sun (Newcastle and environs) exclusive, loads of background and quotes all rights _TMG 2013 GBP 0 0 XXXX
BBC TV documentary unit - 8 phone numbers _BBC 2001 GBP 35
BBC TV research - half hour on the phone _BBC 1999 GBP 50 - O
Commercial Radio Companies Association 2006 GBP 10.31 HA
IRN stringer item _IRN 1996 GBP 20 - X
IRN stringer item _IRN 1996 GBP 75 -
ITN _ITN 1997 GBP 15 - X
Mirror ring in with tip or email in a paragraph _TMG 2007 GBP 250
Woman's Hour (BBC Radio) _BBC 2011 GBP 25

^ Translation / all

* Tell us what you've been paid for Translation / all * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
Buzzdeed per day (unspecified language pairs) 2017 GBP 160
Daily Mail two days' work to gut a book, provide highlights and translate key passages 5-600 words _Assoc 2012 GBP 450
ICT Update 1000 words 2012 GBP 60 XX
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides translation of guide book into English, per 1000 words 2014 EUR 180
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides translation of guide book into English, per 1000 words 2014 EUR 180
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides translation of guide book into English, per 1000 words 2014 EUR 180
Mail on Sunday fixer and translator day _Assoc 2017 GBP 150 X
Agency Fish Ltd inflight mags etc, per 1000 _Fish 2013 USD 120
BBC World Service translation _BBC 1995 GBP 35 - X
Digital Radio Development Bureau from English into Simplified Mandarin (China), per 1000 paid by agency 2006 GBP 115
general translation translation 2007 GBP 85 GR
High Court interpreting day _HMG 1998 GBP 200
International Road Transport Union website translation from Russian, 4000+ words 2014 GBP 460
International Road Transport Union website translation from Russian, 4000+ words 2014 GBP 460
museum guide translation from English into German flat fee (no royalties) per 1000 words 2001 GBP 75 0
PR departments translations of PR texts and newspaper articles per 500 words 2016 EUR 40 XX
Reuters Interpreting, per 2hr session _Reuter 1996 GBP 200
Scottish court interpreting Intrepretation work in the Scottish Courts -travel costs not covered (presume per hour) _HMG 2012 GBP 18 GR X
Sky TV Interpreting, per 2hr session _NI 1996 GBP 200
Small specialist PR company research and translation per day, travel exes paid 2013 GBP 250 O
Text translation per 1000 1996 GBP 70
TF1 - TV France 2000 words (French/English) 2016 GBP 570
Translation agency proofing English-Nordic translations, per hour (agency charges client £45) 2006 GBP 30
Unnamed Public Relations departments translations of PR texts and newspaper articles per 1000 words 2016 EUR 80

The above are the rates for zzz Misc. work zzz / all notified by members up to 14 November 2017.

 
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EURcurrency
5 Amount paid for basic licence - e.g. first use in print: Basic fee
6 Paid for extra licences - web use, database resale... (no data pre Jun 2000) ...Extras
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it: ......GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement (more will be made soon): ......HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP500X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500300O

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