Rates of Pay

UK Theatre has a number of collective agreements with entertainment unions. 

Listed below are details about each of the agreements and the minimum rates of pay which are associated with those agreements.

UK Theatre Members are obliged to use the agreements and pay the minimum rates of pay.

UK Theatre negotiates with the entertainment unions on behalf of its members, and as such only UK Theatre Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can have access to these agreements. Non members are able to buy copies of the agreements by calling the Employment Relations team on 020 7557 6705.

Non-members can use the rates of pay as a guideline if that is helpful but are not obliged to pay the minimum rates unless the venue they are going to has specified that the rates to be paid must be equivalent to the UK Theatre/Equity minimum. Paying these rates does not allow individuals and organisations to say that they are UK Theatre Members or indeed imply that they are Members.

For further advice and guidance on the collective agreements, UK Theatre Members can contact the Employment Relations team on 020 7557 6705. Employees e.g. actors, musicians, technicians, should contact their relevant trade union for guidance, as UK Theatre is only able to advise its own members.

*Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can have access to the agreements. Click here to find out about joining UK Theatre Membership to gain access to the agreements.*

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UK Theatre/BECTU 

Who does it cover?
'Resident' theatre staff in the UK. Box Office, Administration, Technical Staff, Performance and Front of House,  Firemen, Stage Door, Catering Staff, Cleaners, Wigs and Wardrobe. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk)

Download the current rates. (6 April 2015 - 2 April 2017) 

Download the agreement. 

The agreement should be read alongside:

recently ratified settlement.


***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/BECTU/Equity Theatre Designers
 
Who does it cover?
Set, Costume and Lighting Designers - Freelance and Resident. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (7 April 2014 - 1 April 2018)

Download the agreement.

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/Equity Choreographers

Who does it cover?
Choreographers and Assistant Choreographers for theatrical productions. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (7 April 2014 - 1 April 2018)

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/Equity Commercial Theatre

Who does it cover?
Performers, Understudies and Stage Management for commercial theatrical productions.  There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (31 March 2014 - 29 March 2015)

Future rates are still being negotiated. The above rates continue to apply until further notice.

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/Equity Theatre Directors

Who does it cover?
Directors and Assistant Directors for theatrical productions. It also covers arrangements for Resident Directors. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (7 April 2014 - 1 April 2018)

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/Equity Subsidised Theatre

Who does it cover?
Performers, Understudies and Stage Management for Subsidised Repertory seasons. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (6 April 2015 - 3 April 2016)

Download the future rates. (4 April 2016 - 3 October 2016)

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/MU

Who does it cover?
Musicians engaged in theatrical productions. There is a separate agreement for working in the West End (www.solt.co.uk).

Download the current rates. (6 April 2014 - 5 April 2015)

Future rates are still being negotiated. The above rates continue to apply until further notice.

Download the agreement. 

The agreement should be read with the recently ratified settlement.

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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Who does it cover?
Fight Directors for theatrical productions.

Download the current rates. (7 April 2014 - 3 April 2016)

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements
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UK Theatre/SOLT/Equity Overseas Touring Addendum

Who does it cover?
Theatrical Productions touring overseas (excluding the Republic of Ireland).

Download the current rates

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/SOLT Opera and Dance 

Who does it cover?
Singers, Guest Artists, Directors, Stage Management and Dancers working in Opera and Ballet productions.

Download the current rates:
Opera and Ballet rates.
Opera and Ballet touring allowances.

Download the agreements:
Opera Singers agreement.
Opera Guest Artists agreement.
Opera Directors agreement.
Opera and Ballet Stage Management agreement.
Ballet and Dance agreement.

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/Writers' Guild 

Who does it cover?
Writers of commissioned and non-commissioned plays in subsidised theatres.

Download the current rates

Download the agreement. 

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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UK Theatre/SOLT/Irish Equity Addendum for Touring in the Republic of Ireland

Who does it cover?
Theatrical Productions touring overseas to the Republic of Ireland.

Download the current rates.

Download the agreement.

***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.

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Other - TV Excerpts, BPI MU, Equity Singers

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***Please note that only Organisation Members, Professional Plus Members and Concert Hall Affiliate Members can access the agreements.