Quite a few things have changed –
• Many of the rates have increased
• ‘Single Time’ no longer applies
• ‘Holiday Pay’ now also applies to ‘Non-Performance Dates’
• Uniforms have been moved to ‘Supplementary Fee Category D’
BECTU is the UK’s media and entertainment trade union.
This is undoubtedly good news for members of Uni-versalEXTRAS because you’ll now be earning more. The basic day rate is going up to £88.20 for a standard day, with £110.25 for a standard night and £55.13 for a shift call. Overtime, travel and holiday pay rates have also increased.
Single time used to be a separate rate allowing the production a 30-minute grace period to sign-out extras at the end of the day. However under the new scheme you’ll instead go immediately into the overtime rate, which means that rather than earning £5.25 you’ll get £8.27 should this happen.
Under the new pay scheme, holiday pay will be applied to both filming and non-performance dates. This means that you’ll receive an extra £3.77 for a standard costume fitting (under four hours) compared to the old pay scheme where holiday pay did not apply.
You know, we really can’t find a bad thing to say about these changes! This move means that if you supply your own uniform for a role, you’ll now receive an additional £30.50 supplementary fee, which is quite the raise from the old scheme where supplying a uniform for film work was considered under category C.