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Freelance ready reckoner 2015-16

The 2015-16 edition of the UK Freelance Ready Reckoner, produced by Andrew Bibby, was published in September 2015. It is available here in HTML format, or can be downloaded as a PDF. See also Frequently Asked Questions and the accompanying media release.

The Ready Reckoner provides in tabular form comparable freelance day rates for equivalent annual gross salaries for employees in the range £20,000-£60,000. It is based on a detailed comparison of the costs for employers of using staff journalists (employees).

Although designed for journalists, the Ready Reckoner may also be adapted for use by other freelance and self-employed workers in the UK.

The Freelance Ready Reckoner 2015-16 © Andrew Bibby 2015.

Equivalent annual gross salary Total cost to employer Total cost to employer per working day Recomm-ended freelance day rate
20000 31756 143 238
21000 32960 148 247
22000 34164 154 256
23000 35369 159 265
24000 36573 164 274
25000 37777 170 283
26000 38981 175 292
27000 40185 181 301
28000 41389 186 310
29000 42593 191 319
30000 43797 197 328
31000 45001 202 337
32000 46205 208 346
33000 47410 213 355
34000 48614 218 364
35000 50818 228 381
36000 52022 234 390
37000 53226 239 399
38000 54430 245 408
39000 55634 250 417
40000 56838 255 426
41000 58042 261 435
42000 59246 266 444
43000 60951 274 457
44000 62155 279 466
45000 63359 285 475
46000 64563 290 484
47000 65767 296 493
48000 66971 301 502
49000 68175 306 511
50000 69379 312 520
51000 70583 317 529
52000 71787 323 538
53000 72992 328 547
54000 74196 333 556
55000 75400 339 565
56000 76604 344 574
57000 77808 350 583
58000 79012 355 592
59000 80216 361 601
60000 81420 366 610

 

 How to use this Ready Reckoner:

- Look in column 1: What equivalent annual salary would you expect to get, given your age, qualifications and experience, and bearing in mind comparable staff journalist salary levels?

- Look in column 3. This is the actual daily cost to the employer of employing a staff journalist (employee). See FAQs for details of the methodology used in reaching this figure.

- Look in column 4. This is the recommended daily income you would need to receive as a freelance for comparability with a staff journalist. It is based on the assumption that 3/5 th of work time is directly productive. See FAQs for more details.

Working as a freelance photographer? – see FAQs

Previous versions of the Freelance Ready Reckoner are available for 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10, 2007-8 and 2006-7.

Note: Every attempt has been made to base the Ready Reckoner on accurate current data, but no liability is accepted for any errors which have crept in.

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