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Working Conditions in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


The UK is (until conclusion of eventual exit negotiations after triggering of article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon) a member of the EU. EU, EEA or Swiss nationals have the right to work in the UK without any additional formalities. Croatian nationals are currently still required to provide proof of permission to work. Workers from outside the EEA or Switzerland will require a Tier 5 visa (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting), obtained via a CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship). This includes cast members.

Working Hours

Crew Rates

Negotiations between PACT and BECTU over new terms&conditions and rate cards are ongoing. As a result the last published general rate card is very much out of date (2006). Download the current proposed rate card and grade ladder under negotiation.

Some branches have conducted individual negotiations and have separate pay agreements in place, such as lighting or construction.

Production Managers should never accept APA rates or terms&conditions on feature films or TV drama, these apply to commercials only.

The UK minimum wage is £8.21 per hour (as of April 2019, age 25 and over).

Social Benefits

Employer’s part (National Insurance in the UK) is 13.8%
Holiday pay is + 10.77 % (NB: usually crew rates are quoted inclusive of holiday pay)


Meal allowances:

HMRC recognizes the following rates as exempt from NI or tax as of 6 April 2015

Breakfast: £5 Lunch: £5 Dinner: £10 or £15 if after 2000 Total: £30

When filming, catering will provide a hot breakfast, hot lunch, and sandwiches around 5pm. If working longer than 5 hours after the lunch break a second hot meal must be provided.

When working abroad (outside the UK) a per diem of between £30 - £40 will be payable in addition.

Mileage Allowance: £.45 (45p)/mile for cars, £.24 (24p)/mile for motorcycles.

Alternatively a car allowance of around £125/week plus fuel may be paid.

Crew Working hours

Weekly engagements are for a minimum of 40 hours per week,
Daily engagements for a minimum of 8 hours per day, both exclusive of meal breaks.

Work should be scheduled for no less than 4 hours or more than 12 hours per day.

Schedules should be between 7am and 9pm unless exceptional circumstances dictate otherwise.

A break of at least 11 hours must be allowed between working periods to ensure adequate rest periods for crew – this is for Health and Safety reasons.

Continuous working days (CWD) are days were a running lunch / buffet lunch is provided but no1 hour break. CWDs are 2 hours shorter than normally scheduled shoot days (-1 hour lunch break and -1 hour work time to compensate for the lost break).

A meal break should be scheduled no later than five hours after work starts and a second hour’s unpaid meal break if scheduled or unscheduled work continues beyond five hours after the end of the first meal break, and that second break must be taken no later than five hours from the end of the first meal break.

At least one day of every seven should be a rest day.

Work experience regulations are strict and you are not allowed to substitute an intern for a paid position.

For additional information on UK film industry standards and regulations, please consult sections of the enclosed PDF

Performers Working hours

Working day/night - 10 hours including 1 hour for lunch

Continuous working day - 8 hrs between 7am & 7pm, which must include a running buffet for the artists

Time spent in makeup, hairdressing and wardrobe is included as part of the working day

Nightwork - basic fee + 50% daily fee
Work on Sixth day - additional daily fee
Work on Seventh day and declared holiday - basic fee + 50% daily fee

Daily rest period – normally 12 consecutive hours between calls but can be reduced to a minimum of 11 consecutive hours as a result of production demands

Weekly rest period – normally 24 consecutive hours during a 7 day period but can be reduced to a minimum of either 2 rest periods of 24 consecutive hours each during a 14 day period or 1 rest period of 48 consecutive hours during a 14 day period

Rest break – uninterrupted rest break of 20 minutes no later than 6 hours from call time (including hair/make up etc) or six hours from last rest break

Please see clause F14 of enclosed .PDF for details of extended days, night work, dawn calls etc.

Actors' Rates (Minimum)

Minimum Performance salary of £135.00 a day or £540 per week (April 2018) Please note that in addition to this minimum salary further use fees will be due. Please see enclosed .PDF for an overview, further guidance and rates, including future rate changes Appendix FA can be found in the PDF linked in the first paragraph.

Please see .PDF for guidance and rates, including changes as per January 2016 in Equity Cinema Agreement.

Holiday pay: plus £15.30 per day (April 2018) (rates change in April of every year)

For stunt performers, see Appendix FB, Session Singers: FC, Re-voicing: FE, ADR: FI.

For Child acting regulations and guidance, see .PDF Please note the legislation has changed recently, please see .PDF for current working hours.

Supporting Artists

Background/ Stand In Artist:
For supplementary rates and further information please contact PACT, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies, and ask if they would share their FAA agreement with you.

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