Rates of Pay

ITC negotiates minimum rates of pay with relevant unions on behalf of its members. These negotiations cover administrative staff, choreographers, designers, directors, fight directors, performers, stage managers, freelance producers, and writers.

If you are an ITC member and would like more information on the new 2024-27 minimum rates and the agreed transition period, please contact us.

Check out our Rates of Pay FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

ITC / Equity: Performers & Stage Managers

2024/252025/262026/27
Minimum Weekly Salary
£573.00
£601.00£631.00
Minimum Daily Rate: 3 days or less, 4-6 days paid at the weekly salary£126.00£133.00£139.00
Commuting Costs Threshold: Where relocation is not being paid travel costs over this are repaid£31.75£33.34£35.01
Commuting Costs Ceiling: Maximum payable per week, above the threshold (In London)£161.70£169.79£178.27
Commuting Costs Ceiling: Maximum payable per week, above the threshold (Outside London)£132.05£138.65£145.58
Daily Accommodation Allowance: where Company Member arranges hotel/B&B (In London)£56.27£59.08£62.04
Daily Accommodation Allowance: where Company Member arranges hotel/B&B (Outside London)£51.53£54.11£56.82
Daily Accommodation Allowance: where Company Member stays with friends etc. (not own home)£26.25£27.60£29.00
Daily Meal Allowance: where breakfast is provided£22.93£24.08£25.28
Daily Meal Allowance: where breakfast is not provided£32.51£34.13£35.84
Weekly Living Away Allowance: To apply to all weeks where the artist has a home address more than 25 miles away from the place/s of work, whether rehearsal or performance venue/s and they choose to relocate (In London)£470.06£493.57£518.25
Weekly Living Away Allowance: To apply to all weeks where the artist has a home address more than 25 miles away from the place/s of work, whether rehearsal or performance venue/s and they choose to relocate (Outside London)£430.50£452.03£474.63

ITC / Equity: Designers

2024/25
Design fee£3133.00
Making: Weekly fee for building set and other duties£614.00

ITC / Equity: Directors

2024/25
Preparatory Fee:
Full-length play (70 mins+)
£1870.00
Preparatory Fee: Short play (70 mins or less)£1294.00
Rehearsals: Weekly payment£572.00
Artistic/ Resident Directors: Weekly pay for all duties£695.00

ITC / Equity: Choreographers

2024/25
Preparation & up to 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Minimum Fee£2310.00
More than 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Weekly Fee£572.00
More than 2 weeks’ rehearsal: Daily Rate£186.00
Session Rate (max. 3 hours)£120.00

ITC / Equity: Fight Directors

2024/25
Session rate£107.00

ITC / WGGB: Writers

2024/25
Full length play£9,176.00
Full-length play£6,110.00
Play under 30 minutes in length£3,056.00
Minimum royalty (Clause I 7.2)£62.10
Royalty threshold (Clause 11 A.3)£61,807.00
Meal Allowance (Clause II A.4c)£17.75
Management Participation Threshold (Clause II A.5)£35,296.00
Additional day rate (Clause II B.2vii)£66.65
Pre/post-show discussions (Clause II B.2xi)£66.65
Option purchase (Clause II.C.4b): Exclusive rights after 1st year£882.00
Option purchase (Clause II.C.4b): Non-exclusive after 2nd year£177.00

ITC / Bectu: Freelance Producers

2024/25
Minimum Daily Rate£173.00
Minimum Daily Rate to be used for funding applications
£289.00

Equity Rates for Broadcast Companies

Recording by Broadcasting Companies

Equity has agreed minimum conditions with broadcasters for News/ Magazine programmes:

  • All Company Members involved in making the recording must have given prior consent (whether or not they are included in the broadcast extracts).
  • Payments are the responsibility of the programme company, and should be agreed upon before recording is allowed (minimum rates set out below).
  • Recordings must not be made in the presence of a paying audience.
  • These arrangements do not apply to video, DVD/CD etc recordings for commercial use. Such recordings should be negotiated via Equity.

News Access

News Access refers to News Bulletins. News Items In News Magazines, and includes regional news programmes.

Transmission TimeBBC TVITVPACT*BBC RADIO
Up to 2 minutes£0£0£0£0
Over 2 minutes£34.20£30.33£31.50£24.40
* These are the Independent Programme makers: their members make various Arts magazines, reviews and ‘listings’ programmes, as well as some (regional) news programmes.

Magazines, Features & Documentary Programmes

Transmission TimeBBC TVITVPACT*BBC RADIO
Up to 3 minutes£51.30£45.77£46.50£38.90
Between 3 and 5 minutes£78.10£69.78£71.50£85.50
Between 5 and 10 minutes£603.00N/A£237.50N/A
Max call time (incl travel time)3 hours3 hours6 hours w/ 1 hour breakN/A
* These are the Independent Programme makers: their members make various Arts magazines, reviews and ‘listings’ programmes, as well as some (regional) news programmes.

Rates of Pay FAQs

ITC contracts make clear that we regard performers and stage managers, in most cases, to be workers/employees, not self-employed.

If you an ITC member and have a query about employment status, please contact us at advice@itc-arts.org

These minimum rates are part of the ITC Ethical Manager agreements. However, even if members do not use these contracts, they are encouraged to adopt these rates as a baseline wherever possible. Guidance on using these rates outside the contractual context can be found in the Rate of Pay Guidance help sheet.

The Weekly Living Away Allowance applies either where the company member relocates to the to the company base (e.g. rehearsal period) or any period of a week or more where the company is in one place (e.g. on tour).

 

If the Company Member is not receiving either accommodation or accommodation allowances and is incurring costs for travel, they may claim fares or petrol costs from the Manager, on a weekly basis. There is a weekly threshold (set out in the Rates Sheet at the end of this Contract) below which commuting costs will not be reimbursed and reimbursement is capped at a maximum weekly sum equivalent to the relevant living away allowance for relocation Cost ceiling.

Commuting Allowance is payable when working at base, for company members who are not being provided with accommodation or an accommodation allowance.  Where their travel costs are more than £30.24 per week the additional cost will be reimbursed, up to a cap of at £104.80p/w (inside London and £125.76 p/w outside London).

When a Company Member has a home address more than 25 miles away from their place(s) of work (for rehearsals or performances) and requires accommodation, either on tour or at base, the default position agreed between ITC and Equity is that providing suitable accommodation is the responsibility of the manager.  On the rare occasion, when it is agreed that the Company Member will finds their own accommodation, the manager will pay either a Daily or Weekly Living Away Allowance, as appropriate.  Where a Company Member stays with friends or family, with the Manager’s agreement, a lower daily allowance is payable.

Daily Accommodation Allowance: To be paid on the rare occasions when the manager is not booking accommodation, but the company member arranges hotel/B&B/etc. A lower rate applies where the company member decides to stay with friends or family.

Daily Meal Allowance: To be paid when provided accommodation does not have cooking facilities or is for less than 5 days (making it difficult to stock up and cook).  There are different rates for accommodation where breakfast is provided and where it is not.  Where the Manager provides self-catering accommodation with basic cooking supplies (tea, oil, salt, pepper, etc) for a week or more, daily meal allowances will not be payable.

We do not have collective national agreements for everyone, some roles are not represented by unions. One way to calculate an appropriate rate is to compare these roles with someone for whom there is a union rate, see how important they are and scale the rate accordingly e.g.: a composer for a musical may be doing just as much as a writer so should get a similar level of remuneration, a composer/sound designer composing something that is original but in the background should probably be offered less.

This term is often used to refer to daily allowances for meals and accommodation that are provided when on tour. In the past round sum allowances in union agreements were exempt from tax and NI so the employee had a cash sum to do as they wished with. Since the late 1990s the rules have changed and, whilst you will not be deducting tax or NI at source from performers or stage managers pay packets in most cases they will have to declare this in tax returns and may have to pay out. The ITC/Equity agreement now offers the alternative ways of the manager providing accommodation and meals, or providing round sum allowances to cover either or both of these.

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