Freelance Rates

It’s difficult to know how much to expect when freelancing, especially when starting out.

But even if you’ve been going a while, it’s worth knowing where isn’t worth your time. To help, we’re compiling a list of as many rates as we can get our hands on.

We also strongly advocate looking at the NUJ freelance fees guide, to give you a measure of what’s acceptable and what isn’t. To give you a quick summary they advise:

  • £160 a day for online news shifts
  • £170 a day for newspaper news shifts
  • £150 a day for subbing shifts
  • £90 for a commissioned online blog post
  • £310 per 1,000 words broadsheet print newspaper
  • £1000+ page lead in tabloid print newspaper

This data comes from a variety of sources, including the NUJ and anonymous tip offs to our site. While we try to keep information as up to date as possible, this is not always possible. We’ll always mark the rate with the date we received it.

Have you worked somewhere freelance? Give us an anonymous tip off on how much you got paid and help everyone get a better deal.

If something is marked in red, they do not pay and we would advise you neither pitch or accept work from them. We have also highlighted rates we believe to be exceptionally poor in orange and would also suggest avoiding work at such rates.

Last updated August 9

3CC, Day Shift – £80-£100 (Verified Feb 2017)
Accommodation for Students – Do Not Pay (Verified July 2017) Note: Used to pay £25 per piece but have recently claimed to not be able to pay anymore 
Attitude, Story – 15p a word (Verified May 2017)
Attitude, Subbing Shift – £130 a Day (Verified July 2017)
Advocate, Story – 40c a word (Verified May 2017)
Bauer Media, Commercial Radio, Day Shift – £80 a day, 8 hours (Verified June 2017)
BBC, Newsbeat Online Shift – £192 a day (Verified Feb 2017)
Broadly, News and Features – 20p per word  (Verified June 2017)
BuzzFeed, Personal Essay – £200 for 1,000 words (Verified Feb 2017)
CapX, Blog Post – £100 (Verified May 2017)
CityMetric, Online Piece – £50 a piece (Verified July 2017)
Debut Careers, Online Blog – £25 per piece, 500-800 words (Verified July 2017) Note: This is a place which only pays acceptably if you’re just starting out, as they offer extensive training and support. If you are an established freelancer this rate is not acceptable.
Daily and Sunday Express, Travel Feature – £350 for 800 words (Verified June 2017)
i News, Online Shift – £130 a day, 9 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
i News, Online Comment – £100, 500 Words (Verified June 2017)
i Paper, Article – 25p a word (Verified November 2016)
Insider Guides, Article – £200 per 500 words (Verified June 2016)
Inspired Interns, Online Blog – £10 per piece (Verified Feb 2017)
Indy100, Day Shift – £90 a day (Verified March 2017)
ITV Good Morning Britain, Producer – £120 for a day, 9 hours (Verified June 2017) 
Little White Lies, Personal Essay – £50 for 1,200 words (Verified February 2017)
Loot, Blog Post – £50 a piece (Verified May 2017)
London Live, Production or Reporter Shift – £125 a day, 10 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
London Evening Standard, Diary Shift – £80 a day, 8 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
London Evening Standard, Diary Story  – £40, Standard Story, £70, Lead Story (Verified May 2017)
London Evening Standard, Video Shift – £90-£110 a day, 9 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
MailOnline, Comment Moderation Shifts – £100 a day (Verified June 2017)
Marie Claire, News and Features – 50p a Word (Verified June 2017)
MailOnline, Online Reporter – £100 a Day (Verified July 2017)
Metro, Features Subbing Shift – £135 a day, 8 hours (Verified May 2017)
Metro.co.uk, Online Article – £20 a piece, any length (Verified Feb 2017)
Metro.co.uk, Social Producer Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Verified June 2017)**
Metro.co.uk, Video Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Verified June 2017)**
Metro.co.uk, Entertainment Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Verified June 2017)**
Mic, Online Arts Piece – $100 a piece (Verified Feb 2017)
Metro.co.uk, Video Producer Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
Middle East Eye, Articles – $350 for 1,200 word piece (Verified Feb 2017)
MSN UK, Content Editor Shift – £170 a day, 8 hours (Verified November 2016)
Mustic Week, Subbing Shifts – £120 a day (Verified December 2016)
New European, Feature – £200 for 800 words (Verified May 2017)
New Statesman, Online Piece – £50 a piece (Verified Feb 2017)
New Statesman / CityMetric, Day Shift – £85 a day (Verified May 2017)
New Internationalist, Online Top Story – £50 (Verified June 2016)
New Internationalist, Blog – Does Not Pay (Verified June 2016)
OK! Magazine, Shift – £133 a Shift (Verified June 2017)
Online Betting School Blog – £25 for 700 words (Verified June 2016)
Online Betting School Video – £50 a video (Verified June 2016)
Picfair, Listicles – £30 a piece, 800 words (Verified August 2017)
PinkNews, Online Writing Shifts – £10ph (Verified May 2017)
Politics.co.uk, Online Piece – £50 (Verified April 2017)
Press Association, Video Reporter Shifts – £150 a day (Verified Feb 2017)
Gay Times Magazines, Print Articles – 11p a word, rounded up to nearest £10  (Verified June 2017)
Grazia, News and Features – 50p a Word (Verified June 2017)
Guardian, G2 and Guide Articles – £310 per 1,000 words (Verified Feb 2017)
Guardian, Shifts – £150 a day – 7.5 hours (Verified Feb 2017)
Guardian, Shifts on Student Desk – £150 a day 8 hours (Verified May 2017)
Guardian, Shifts on G2 – £190 a day 8 hours (Verified May 2017)
Refinery29, Article – £200 (Verified June 2017)
RightsInfo, Subbing – £22.50ph (Verified July 2017)
Rough Guides, Online Travel Feature – £130 for 800 words (Verified October 2016)
The Debrief, Articles – £100-£150 a piece (Verified April 2017)***
The Times Diary Story – £70 (Verified May 2017)
The Telegraph, Online Opinion piece – £50 for 600 words (Verified Feb 2016)
The Telegraph, Online News Piece – £60 for up to 550 words, £110 above (Verified January 2017)
The Telegraph, Online News Shift – £150 a day (Verified January 2017)
The Axis, The Telegraph, Article – 40p a word (Verified March 2017)
The Independent, Day Shift – £90 a shift, 9 hour day (Verified June 2017)**
The Independent, Day Shift Subbing the Daily Edition App – £140 a day (Verified June 2017)
The Independent, Comment Piece – £50 for 800 words (Verified February 2017)
Travioor, Travel Feature – £40 for 1,000 words (Verified Feb 2017)
The Journalist, NUJ – £250 for 750 words (Verified May 2017)
The Sun, Shifts – £120 a day (Verified June 2017)
The Sun, Front Page Splash – £1,000-£1,500 (Verified June 2017)*
The Sun, Page Leads Before Page 15 – £750 (Verified June 2017)*
The Sun, Page Leads After Page 15 – £400 (Verified June 2017)*
The Sun, Other Story Before Page 15 – £350-450 (Verified June 2017)*
Save The Student, Shifts – £8.30ph (Verified Feb 2017)
Sayso, Articles –  £25 per 1,000 word piece (Verified August 2017)
Selling Travel Magazine – £107 for 600 words (Verified June 2017)
Sky News, Shift – £175 a day (Verified Feb 2017)
Vice, News and Features – 20p a Word (Verified June 2017)****
Weather to Travel, Online Travel Piece – £120 for 800 words (Verified March 2017)
Winq, Story – 25p a word (Verified May 2017)

* Pictures and video will often double the rate, although tipsters are often expected to wave
** This rate does not go up for weekends, late hours or bank holidays
*** More paid for news pieces, less for pop culture
**** This can vary, this is an average