[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job:
Words, per 1000 / other

Updated: 11 May 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.

^ Words, per 1000 / other

Work paid by the thousand words that's not for newspapers, magazines, books, PR or purely-online publications.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, per 1000 / other * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year ¤ Basic fee Extras
Business Monitor International business intelligence reports all rights 2007 GBP 120 0 XX
Daily Telegraph foreign news piece, 900 words _BarcB 2016 GBP 110 XXX
Economic and Social Research Council _HMG 2009 GBP 375
Elv news, regular copy all rights 2007 GBP 130
Go (travel supplement) (AA publishing) 300 words @ £120 2010 EUR 400
Go (travel supplement) (AA publishing) travel feature 2010 EUR 300
Open Democracy 3500 word starred feature on-line , exes only (travel) , creative commons lincence 2012 GBP 350 0 GR XXX
Russian Realm 2011 GBP 1416
South China Morning Post travel article with unlimited use of pics HK$2.50 per word offered for on-spec pices, no licence specified - member refused job 2009 GBP 220 X
The National (Abu Dhabi) 600 words, gig preview 2008 GBP 500 O
The National (Abu Dhabi) 2,350-word feature for £900 2008 GBP 383
~a professional Institute (first UK rights only) 1994 GBP 250 -
A corporate law firm 7000 words, per thou (and extra research at an unspecified day rate on top) 2015 GBP 2000 O
Acts Publishing International 1997 GBP 150 -
Aspen Specialist Media all rights 1997 GBP 100 - X
Barbican programme event programme note 2014 GBP 400 O
Barbican programme event programme note 2014 GBP 333 O
BBC Learning Support writing per day _BBC 1999 GBP 120 -
BBC Learning support _BBC 1998 GBP 160 -
Big UK charity non-member writing copy, raised from £180 per 1000 using RftJ page all rights 2007 GBP 250
BLA Group (?) 1997 GBP 583.33 -
British Alzheimer's Society summary of drug research 2011 GBP 250
British Council _HMG 2008 GBP 250
BT Communications Capita 1998 GBP 80 - XX
Central Office of Information _HMG 1996 GBP 100 - X
Central Office of Information _HMG 1996 GBP 150 -
Central Office of Information (overseas rights only) _HMG 1994 GBP 100 -
Central Office of Information _HMG 1994 GBP 111 -
Central Office of Information _HMG 1993 GBP 100 -
Computer/Technical review 1996 GBP 210 -
Contract publisher policy wonk feature 2011 GBP 500
Contract publisher commercial writing 2011 EUR 450
Corner House Publications writing 2002 GBP 100
Corporate internal magazine copywriting for global group 2013 EUR 800 GR
Daily Briefing - Oxford Analytica 2012 GBP 187.50 X
Documentary film licence to re-use freelance's audio 2013 USD 500
Eaglemoss (off-the-shelf company!) 1998 GBP 130 -
EMF Publications 1999 GBP 175 -
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council all rights (but £2.10 each time you paste the client's name in) _HMG 2003 GBP 350
English Heritage _HMG 1994 GBP 150 -
EPC 1998 GBP 75 - XX
Faversham House Group 1997 GBP 120 -
Gemini News Agency 1997 GBP 75 -
Global Business Publishing 1999 GBP 500 -
Gruppo Editoro SPA 45000 lira for 2000 characters equals, hmmm: 1994 GBP 56.81 - X
Health Education Authority _HMG 1994 GBP 90 - X
Health Education Authority Headlines news _HMG 1995 GBP 165 -
Health Education Authority Headlines features _HMG 1995 GBP 225 -
Hemmings Group offer 120 pay 1994 GBP 130 -
Hill Publishing 1998 GBP 83.33 - XXX
IC Publications 1995 GBP 80 - X
ICL newsletter 1995 GBP 200 -
In-flight mags 1995 GBP 70 - X
IRIN Plus News (United Nations) 2007 GBP 100 XX
Jane's Information Group _Janes 1994 GBP 120 -
Jane's Information Group _Janes 1994 GBP 100 -
Lunda art collection 2004 GBP 150
M-Press 1999 GBP 100 - X
Market Link Publishing 1998 GBP 185 -
Nexus Publications 1997 GBP 150 -
NM News 1999 GBP 225 -
Orpheus Publications (what?) 1994 GBP 82 -
Oxford Analytica daily briefing 2012 GBP 225
Oxford Analytica 2011 GBP 187.50
Packaging trade organisation 1996 GBP 225 -
Panos Institute (it's a charity, see...) 2000 GBP 100 -
Policy Publications 25,000 word report £2500 plus royalties 2000 GBP 100 - O
Raconteur Media copywriting with research into scientific papers, plus original quotes (and sometimes case studies) 2014 GBP 350 GR O
The Report Company features 2011 EUR 250
Rock band tour programme programme note 2013 GBP 750 O
SA publications 2000 GBP 220 -
SA Publications 1999 GBP 220 -
Sainsburys' in-store mag 1993 GBP 300 -
Saudi Research+Marketing 1993 GBP 100 -
Small technology publisher Writing profile of a company, 1000 words 2007 GBP 400 GR
Sony Legacy album sleeve _Sony 2010 USD 1000 O
Summerhouse Publishing (contract publishing) 1999 GBP 250 -
Thompson publishing 1995 GBP 125 -
University of Calgary one use $45 2004 GBP 23
University of the Third Age, Newcastle 2009 GBP 300 O
Virgin media was 18p/ since 1999, campaigned to increase for all freelances _Virgin 2007 GBP 250 GR O
WV Publications 1999 GBP 120 -

The above are the rates for Words, per 1000 / other notified by members up to 11 May 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 EUR¤
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

Other rates:

Type of work: In the "sector": (click or tap below!)
Words, per 1000 News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Words, other News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Photography News Local Mag online Book PR Other
Broadcasting News Local Other including podcasting
Shifts News Local Mag online Book PR Other
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Recently reported rates all from the past few months