[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Shifts / mags

Archived: 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.

^ Shifts / mags

Writing and editing work for magazines, paid by the day or the hour. Mostly sub-editing: checking and proofreading copy and making it fit the house style and design. (Actual publication/programme names appear before publishers and generic rates. The 'extras' column is irrelevant for subbing shifts.)
These are archived rates - see current rates.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / mags * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Basic fee Extras
GR
XXXX
Accountancy Age subbing _VNU 1997 GBP 120 -
Africa factfile associate editor day 2000 GBP 50 - X
Africa Today five days 2003 GBP 150 XXXX
Audio Media subbing day 1995 GBP 150 -
Audio Media subbing day 1995 GBP 200 -
BA News (Red House Lane publications) writing day 2001 GBP 100
BBC On Air subbing day _BBC 2003 GBP 110
Bean Bag (magazine - WV-Highbury) proofing, subbing on screen per day _Highbur 2002 GBP 100
Big Issue news writing day _BI 2003 GBP 60 XX
Big Issue Scotland; per agreement _BI 1997 GBP 95 - HA
Business News Writing, per hour 1997 GBP 10 -
Campaign subbing day _HM 1992 GBP 90 -
Chat subbing day _IPC 2006 GBP 120 GR X
Chat subbing day - holiday on top _IPC 2005 GBP 110 X
Chic! subbing day _NS 1996 GBP 80 - X
Commercial Motor newsdesk day _RBI 1994 GBP 120 -
Community Care subbing half-day _RBI 1995 GBP 80 - X
Competitive Edge features day 1995 GBP 200 -
Competitive Edge features day 1995 GBP 150 -
Computer Retail News subbing day _VNU 1994 GBP 110 -
Condé Nast Traveler subbing day _CondN 1998 GBP 100 - X
Conference+Incentive Travel subbing day _HM 1993 GBP 95 -
Construction News subbing day _EMAP 1992 GBP 105 -
Cuba Business subbing/writing day 2001 GBP 120
Cycling Today subbing day 1995 GBP 80 -
Digital Data technical authoring per hour 1995 GBP 15 -
Doctor news day _RBI 1997 GBP 100 -
Doctor subbing day _RBI 1995 GBP 100 -
East End Life (Tower Hamlets council) _HMG 2002 GBP 130
East End Life Tower Hamlets Council - subbing day (paid late) _HMG 2002 GBP 120
Edition Subbing day 1998 GBP 130 -
Elle Decoration subbing shift _Hach 1998 GBP 90 -
Elle Decoration subbing day _Hach 1997 GBP 90 - X
Esquire subbing day (taxed at source) _NatMag 1996 GBP 90 - XX
Estates Times Quark subbing day 1995 GBP 110 -
Euromoney subbing day _Assoc 1993 GBP 90 -
Eva, etc subbing day _IPC 1995 GBP 110 -
Eve 9-hour subbing shift _BBC 2003 GBP 120
Financial News subbing shift _LFNP 2003 GBP 120
Global Dialogue on Peace writing day 1996 GBP 100 -
Good Housekeeping subbing day _NatMag 1996 GBP 95 - X
Guardian subbing day Hol pay on top, taxed at source _GMG 2004 GBP 146.79 HA
Harpers+Queen subbing day _NatMag 1998 GBP 100 -
Health matters reporting 2000 GBP 150 -
Health Service Journal subbing day _EMAP 1998 GBP 142 -
Health Service Journal subbing day _EMAP 1994 GBP 125 -
Here's Health Acting Chief Sub _EMAP 1996 GBP 95 - XXX
Inside Housing subbing day _TMG 1995 GBP 112 -
Library Association Record Subbing day 1997 GBP 100 -
Local Government Chronicle subbing day _EMAP 1994 GBP 110 -
Marie Claire subbing shift taxed at source _IPC 2004 GBP 110 X
Marie Claire subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 95 - XX
Marie-Claire subbing per day not taxed at source _IPC 2004 GBP 110
Marie-Claire subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 100 - X
Marketing subbing day _HM 1995 GBP 105 - X
Marketing subbing day _HM 1994 GBP 105 -
Marketing subbing day _HM 1994 GBP 97 -
Marketing subbing day _HM 1992 GBP 95 -
Match of the Day Subbing day _BBC 1997 GBP 60 - XXX
Media International subbing day 1992 GBP 100 -
Media Week subbing _Quantum 2003 GBP 120
Media Week day reporting shift all in _Quantum 2000 GBP 120
Melody Maker Subbing day _IPC 1997 GBP 100 -
Metier-Design subbing day 1999 GBP 100 -
Middle East Newsletters subbing day 1994 GBP 125 -
Mizz subbing day _IPC 2003 GBP 100 XX
Mizz subbing shift per day _IPC 2002 GBP 100 GR X
Mojo subbing day _EMAP 2001 GBP 100
Mojo subbing _EMAP 2001 GBP 125
Mojo subbing day _EMAP 2000 GBP 125
Motor Industry magazine special 1994 GBP 200 -
Mountain Biker subbing day _IPC 1992 GBP 75 -
Nature subbing shift paid gross _Holtzb 2003 GBP 163.56 GR O
Nature subbing, per day (regular) _Holtzb 2002 GBP 137.91
Nature subbing, per day (casual) _Holtzb 2002 GBP 159.57
Nature subbing day _Holtzb 2001 GBP 155
Nature (Macmillan) per hour _Holtzb 1998 GBP 13.75 -
Nature (Macmillan) subbing day _Holtzb 1998 GBP 136.29 -
New Africa writing day 1996 GBP 100 -
New Nation Reporting, per hour 1997 GBP 10 -
New Scientist subbing day _RBI 2006 GBP 169 GR
New Scientist stand-in section editor day _RBI 2006 GBP 169 GR
New Scientist subbing shift _RBI 2006 GBP 167
New Scientist stand-in section editor, day _RBI 2005 GBP 164 GR
New Scientist subbing day _RBI 2005 GBP 164 GR
New Scientist subbing day _RBI 2004 GBP 159 GR
New Scientist section editor day _RBI 2004 GBP 159 GR X
New Scientist subbing taxed at source _RBI 2003 GBP 154 O
New Scientist section editor, day _RBI 2001 GBP 150
New Scientist editorial _RBI 1999 GBP 143 -
New Scientist _RBI 1997 GBP 123 -
New Statesman subbing (was 80 two years ago) 1993 GBP 75 - XX
Nursing Standard reporting day _TU 2001 GBP 120
OK subbing shift per day _NS 2002 GBP 100 GR X
Parenting subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 94 -
Parking Review subbing day 1998 GBP 75 - X
PC Dealer news writing day _VNU 1995 GBP 110 -
Penthouse writing / subbing shift _NS 1998 GBP 90 - X
People reporting dat, per hour US$25, 7 hours = _AOLTW 2003 GBP 112
Period Living subbing per day _EMAP 2001 GBP 100 X
Period Living subbing day _EMAP 1996 GBP 90 -
Pink Paper business page 1996 GBP 120 -
Post Update subbing day (rate supplied by editor) 1996 GBP 120 -
Pulse subbing day _MF 1997 GBP 110 -
Pulse reporting day _MF 1996 GBP 110 -
Q day subbing _EMAP 2001 GBP 120
Q subbing day _EMAP 1993 GBP 100 -
Radio Times subbing TV listings, per day _BBC 2003 GBP 110
Sainsbury's the magazine Subbing day 1998 GBP 110 -
Sainsbury's the magazine subbing day 1996 GBP 100 -
Sainsburys the magazine subbing day 1996 GBP 100 -
That's Life Subbing day _Bauer 1998 GBP 110 - X
That's Life subbing day _Bauer 1996 GBP 100 -
That's Life subbing day _Bauer 1996 GBP 100 -
The Face subbing _EMAP 2004 GBP 130
The Face subbing day _EMAP 2003 GBP 120
The Journal 1999 GBP 50 - XX
The Journal day 1999 GBP 50 - XX
Times Educational Supplement Subbing day _NI 2003 GBP 139
Times Educational Supplement news reporting shift _NI 2002 GBP 119
Times Educational Supplement subbing per shift _NI 2001 GBP 127
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1996 GBP 108.25 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1995 GBP 100 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1995 GBP 100 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1995 GBP 80 - X
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1994 GBP 108 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing half-day _NI 1993 GBP 70 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1993 GBP 130 -
Times Educational Supplement subbing day _NI 1992 GBP 103.10 -
Times Higher Education Supplement subbing day _NI 1992 GBP 103.10 -
Top Santé subbing day _Hach 1998 GBP 95 -
Tribune subbing day 1993 GBP 40 - X
Vox Subbing day 1997 GBP 100 -
What's on TV subbing day _IPC 1992 GBP 98.50 -
Wired UK subbing day _CondN 1997 GBP 250 -
Woman's Own subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 94.25 -
EMAP Elan Acting Chief Sub _EMAP 1996 GBP 110 - X
EMAP titles subbing day (95 promised soon) _EMAP 1993 GBP 85 -
Haymarket subbing day _HM 1993 GBP 85 -
Haymarket subbing day _HM 1993 GBP 95 -
IPC soccer titles- subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 95 - X
IPC titles subbing day _IPC 1999 GBP 105 -
IPC titles Subbing day _IPC 1999 GBP 105 -
IPC titles subbing day _IPC 1998 GBP 100 -
IPC titles Acting section editor _IPC 1998 GBP 134 - X
IPC titles Section editor day _IPC 1997 GBP 134 - X
IPC titles subbing day _IPC 1995 GBP 90 - X
IPC titles subbing day _IPC 1995 GBP 105 -
IPC titles subbing day _IPC 1995 GBP 80 -
Macmillan magazine day _EMAP 1997 GBP 129.36 -
MacMillan magazine subbing day _EMAP 1996 GBP 136 -
Miller Freeman mag reporting day _MF 1996 GBP 115 -
Morgan-Grampian subbing day _MG 1992 GBP 104 -
Reed Business Information Section editor day _RBI 1999 GBP 142 -
Timothy Benn Publishing day _IncisiM 1999 GBP 120 -
VNU titles subbing day _VNU 1995 GBP 120 -
VNU titles subbing day _VNU 1995 GBP 100 -

The above are the rates for Shifts / mags ARCHIVED on 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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