BECTU Rates

BECTU

BECTU's recommended going rates of pay for lighting technicians.

Lighting Technicians (Features)

Above 30 Million

Shooting:

For 11 + 1 hour lunch or 10 hours CWD
£331.10 per day = £1655.50 per week. Agreed rates

Rigging:

For 9 hours + 1hour Lunch or 8 hour CWD
£285.50 per day = £1427.5 per week. Agreed rates

There is no official agreement for rigging hours below the top rate films (30million +), however if local agreement for rigging hours is reached for films between 15 -- 30m the rates should be as follows :

Between 15m - 30m

For 11 + 1 hour lunch or 10 hours CWD
£323 per day = £1615 per week. Recommended rates

For 9 hours + 1 hour lunch or 8 hour CWD
£278.50 per day = £1392.5per week. Recommended rates

These figures below have been reached by applying recent rate increases to the previously agreed 2011 rates, there are no agreed rigging hours or rates for this budget band of Film so only the 11+ 1 or 10 CWD rates should be applied.

Below 15 Million

For 11 + 1 hour lunch or 10 hours CWD
£315 per day = £1575 per week. Recommended rates

Below 5 Million

For 11 + 1 hour lunch or 10 hours CWD

£295 per day = £1475 per week Recommended rates

All of the above rates quoted are all based on a 5 day week and are also minimum rates therefore they do not exclude higher rates being reached by local negotiations

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Lighting Technicians (Commercials & Other)

BECTU's recommended going rates of pay for lighting technicians working on commercials.

Effective immediately:

Gaffer
10 hours £462.00
8 hours £370.00

Best Boy
10 hours £412.00
8 hours. £330

Lighting Technician
10 hours £361.00
8 hours £289.00

Desk Oporater
10 hours £417.00
8 hours £330.00

Gaffer T1.25 £58.00
LTech Tx1.5 £54.00

Link to latest Rate information page

Lighting Technicians (BBC)

Lighting technicians working on in-house BBC TV drama productions will start benefiting today (1 April 2015) from new pay rates agreed as the second part of a two-year deal signed in 2014.

BBC executives have said they intend to continue shooting 11 hours on camera days, five days a week, for the foreseeable future, but with effect from today, 1 April 2015, will pay the 24/35 equivalent rates of £275 per 11hr day / £1375 per 55hr week, with overtime being paid at £35 per hour.

The new rates

Applying the BECTU TV drama ratecard:

  • The standard day for TV is 10 hours on camera with one hour’s unpaid lunch (for example 8.00am - 07.00pm). The 10 hour day can begin between 7am and 10am.
  • A standard working day is £240 minimum day (inclusive of holiday pay).
  • On a 5 day week the minimum is £1200. A 6 day week is £1440 minimum.
  • For a 12 hour day (11 hours on camera with one hour’s unpaid lunch) the minimum daily rate is £275.
  • The basic formula is £240 for 10 hours plus £35 overtime for each additional hour worked.

This new rates will apply to any in-house BBC TV Drama, Series and Serials productions being produced through Grafton House Productions (GHP) or through World Wide Productions UK (WW PUK).

Please note these rates do not apply to independent productions that are being made for the BBC.

Link to Bectu page with more information:

BBC TV Drama: Lighting technicians’ rates increase

Lighting Technicians (TV Drama)

Important update

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TV Drama Rates

As of 1st January 2017 TV Drama rates will increase to £247.50 for 10 hours for New contracts only (New contracts also include all new dailies commencing from 01.01.17)

All T&C's remain in place and the TV committee will continue to push to improve. If you encounter any problems getting the new rate please contact the TV Committee or the Batphone.

Please also follow the link for details of the rates: https://www.bectu.org.uk/advice-resources/rates/lighting-technicians-tv

All members are encouraged to report any successes or issues on 07918 053 984.

TV Drama Rates Table 1

TV Drama Rates Table 2

Pop Promos

Recommended rates for promos/ music videos. Which should be, Electrician £500 , Gaffer £650. 8-midnight. O/T at T3.