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 we can, 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 May 15

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 any more
Alloha Advertiser – £66 for a sports section of 2,550 including four interviews and a match report (Verified May 2017)
Al-Monitor, Commissioned Piece – $250 for 1,000 words (Verified July 2016)
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-£90 a day, 8 hours (Verified June 2017)
BBC, Newsbeat Online Shift – £192 a day (Verified Feb 2017)
BBC, Future, Reported Story – £400 for 1,000 words (Verified December 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)
Central FM Radio, Shift – £50 for an 8 hour weekday or 5 hour weekend (Verified June 2017)
Channel 4 News, Multimedia Producer Shift – £150 a day / £175 at weekends (Verified September 2017)
CityMetric, Online Piece – £50 a piece (Verified July 2017)
CityMetric, Day Shift – £85 a day (Verified May 2017)
Cosmopolitian, Article – £75 a piece (Verifed August 2017)
Cosmopolitian, Online – Do Not Pay (Verified July 2017)
Crash.net, Event Coverage – £300 for 4 Days (Verified August 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)
Daily Mail, Health – £600 for a page/900 words (Verified April 2018)
Daily Mail, Health – £900 for a spread / 1,800 words (Verified April 2018)
Daily Mail Femail, Feature – £600-£700 for a page (Verified October 2017)
Daily Mirror Feature Exclusive – £300 – £1,500, Two Pages (Verified October 2017)
Dazed Digital, Feature – £100-£125 for 800 words (Verfied March 2018)
Deutsche Welle – £380 for 950 feature and pictures (Verified January 2018)
Digital Spy, Feature – £50 for 1,000 words (Verified June 2016)
Discovered Magazine – Do Not Pay (Verified March 2018)
DIVA Magazine – £75 for 500 Words (Verified May 2018)
Edinburgh Evening News – £85 for an 8 hour day shift (Verified February 2018)
Egmont Publishing – £130 for full day editorial shift (Verified October 2017)
Egmont Publishing – £130 for full day design shift (Verified October 2017)
Elle Online, Feature – £200 for 1,000 (Verified December 2017)
Express.co.uk, Online News Shift – £120 for a 9 hour day (Verified August 2017)
Express.co.uk, Online Upload Shift – £102 (Verified December 2017)
Eurogamer, Opinion Piece – £200 for 1,000 words (Verified November 2017)
GoThinkBig – £80 for a feature (Verfied February 2018)
Haymarket Media, Shift – £75 a day (Verified December 2017)
Harrods Magazine Subbing Shift – £150 for a 7 hour day (Verfied October 2017)
Harris Hill, Digital Editor Shift – £150-£191 for a day shift (Verified May 2018)
Heat, Online Day Shift – £100 for 8.5 hours (Verified December 2016)
High Life (British Airwarys) – £500 for 1,500 words (Verified April 2018)
How We Get To Next, Commissioned Piece – £325 for 1,200 words (Verified December 2016)
Huck Magazine, Commissioned Piece – 10p a Word (Verified October 2017)
i Paper, Online Shift – £130-£150 a day, 9 hours (Verified April 2018)
INTO – $350 for 1,200 words – (Verified May 2018)
i Paper, Online Comment – £75-£150, 500 Words (Verified April 2018)
i Paper, Online Sports – £140 for 700-800 words (Verified May 2018)
i Paper, News Piece – £175 a piece (Verified February 2018)
i Paper, Feature – £200 a piece (Verified February 2018)
i Paper, Article – 25p a word (Verified November 2016)
Irish Daily Mail, Day Shift – £200 (Verified October 2017)
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)
Lad Bible, Day Shift – £90 Remote Working (Verified November 2017)
Lad Bible, Feature – £80-150 a piece (Verified November 2017)
Lad Bible, Sponsored Content – £100 a piece (Verified November 2017)
Little White Lies, Personal Essay – £50 for 1,200 words (Verified February 2017)
Loot, Blog Post – £50 a piece (Verified May 2017)
London Calling – Do Not Pay (Verified November 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)
Love Exploring, Travel Feature – £150 for 1,000 words (Verified April 2018)
Lonely Planet, Travel Feature – €290 per 1,000 words (Verified January 2018)
MailOnline, Comment Moderation Shifts – £100 a day (Verified June 2017)
Marie Claire, News and Features – 50p a Word (Verified June 2017)
Marie Claire, Online – Do Not Pay (Verified December 2017)
MailOnline, Online Reporter – £100 – £120 a Day (Verified August 2017)
MailOnline, Video Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Verified April 2017)
Metro, Features Subbing Shift – £135 a day, 8 hours (Verified May 2017)
Metro.co.uk, Online Article – £20-£40 a piece, any length, £10 bonus for 10,000 views (Verified Dec 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)**
Men’s Health, US, Feature – $300 a piece, no word count (Verified December 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)
Mirror Online News Shift, Week Day – £156 a day (Verified October 2017)
Mirror Online News Shift, Weekend – £196 a day (Verified October 2017)
Mosaic Science, Piece – £1,800 for 5,500 piece  (Verified October 2017)
Modern Gardens – £325 for six pages and images (Verified April 2018)
Modern Gardens – £300 for four pages and images (Verified April 2018)
Modus, Piece – £400 for 1,000 word piece (Verified October 2017)
MSN UK, Content Editor Shift – £170 a day, 8 hours (Verified November 2016)
Music Week, Subbing Shifts – £120 a day (Verified December 2016)
Nature, Subbing Shift – £205.80 (Verified August 2017)
New European, Feature – £200 for 800 words (Verified May 2017)
New Socialist – £50 a Piece, Online (Verified December 2017)
New Statesman, Online Piece – £75 a piece (Verified Feb 2017)
New Internationalist, Online Story – £150 for 800 Words (Verified April 2018)
News Deeply, Commissioned Piece – $300 for 1,000 plus $50 per photo (Verified June 2017)
News Deeply, Commissioned Piece – $200 for 1,200 words (Verified May 2018)
NME, Subbing Shift – £150 a shift (Verified October 2017)
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 – £10-12ph (Verified October 2017)
Planet Rock, Review – £40 (Verified August 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, Feature – £285 for 600 words (Verified August 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)
Guardian US, – $240 for 1,000 words (Verified February 2018)
Radio 5 Live, Phone Interview / Commentary – £30 – £50  (Verified April 2018)
Radio Times, Subbing Shift – £120 a day (Verified August 2017)
Radio Times, Articles – 50p a word (Verified October 2017)
Refinery29, Article – £150 for 800 words, £200 for 1,000 (Verified December 2017)
Retail Week, Subbing Shift – £160 for 7 hours (Verified October 2017)
Relate, Digital Content Producer Shift – £230 a day (Verified February 2018)
RightsInfo, Subbing – £22.50ph (Verified October 2017)
RightsInfo, News Editing Shift – £180 for 8.5 hour shift (Verified May 2018)
Roads and Kingdoms, Commissioned Piece – £25 for 500 words (Verified March 2017)
Rough Guides, Online Travel Feature – £130 for 800 words (Verified October 2016)
Scribol, Freelance Sub-Editor Shifts – £10ph (Verified August 2017)
Sainsburys Magazine, Subbing Shift – £130 a day (Verified October 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)
S Magazine, The Sunday Express – £650 for three piece case study (Verified April 2018)
Stylist – £130 a Day (Verified October 2017)
Skyscanners, Travel Feature – £200 for 2,000 words (Verified August 2017)
Sky News, Shift – £175 a day (Verified Feb 2017)
Sky News, Paper Review – £200-£300 (Verified April 2018)
Sky News, Talking Head – £75-£100 (Verified April 2018)
Spectator, Money Section – £70 for 800 Words (Verified December 2017)
Take a Break, Health Lead – £500 for 1,200 Words (Verified April 2018)
Take a Break – £400 writer / £300 interviewee for a page and a half / 1,100 words (Verified April 2018)
Teen Vogue (US) – $50 per aggregated news story (Verified May 2018)
Teen Vogue (US) – $100 original reported story (Verified May 2018)
The Debrief, Articles – £100-£150 a piece (Verified April 2017)***
The Stage, Articles – £150 for 1,200 word spread (Verified April 2018)
The Star, Online Shift – £120 for a shift (Verfied April 2018)
The Sun, Online Shift – £120 for a shift (Verfied April 2018)
The Times, Diary Story – £70 (Verified May 2017)
The Times, News Shift – £144.45 per shift (Verified October 2017)
The Telegraph, Hotel Review – £75 per piece, approx 500 words  (Verified January 2018)
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 Telegraph, Travel Article – 25p a word (Verified October 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)
The Media Society, Trainee Reporting Scheme – £9.75ph (Verified August 2017)
The National (UAE), Commissioned Piece – $400 for 1,000 words (Verified October 2017)
The Overtake, Feature – £50 (Verified December 2017)
The Pool, Online Feature – 30p a Word (Verified November 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, Online Feature – £250 for 700 Words (Verified September 2017)
The Sun, Other Story Before Page 15 – £350-450 (Verified June 2017)*
The Sunday Times, Shifts on Foreign Desk, £80 for 10 hours, (Verified December 2017)
Trust, Feature – £700 for 1,000 Words (Verified October 2017)
Vice, News and Features – 20p a Word (Verified June 2017)****
Vice, Tonic, Feature – $250 for 1,000 words (Verified December 2017)
Weather to Travel, Online Travel Piece – £120 for 800 words (Verified March 2017)
When Saturday Comes, Piece – £70 for 700 words (Verified October 2017)
Women’s Own, Subbing Shift – £120 for 7 hours (Verifed October 2017)
Women’s Own – £600 for three person line-up (Verified April 2018)
Women’s Weekly, Cup of Tea Slot – £75 (Verified April 2018)
Word of Mouth Magazine (South London) – £20 for 800 – 1,000 words (Verified January 2018)
WI Life, Subbing Shift, 7 Hours – £180 a Day (Verified August 2017)
Wired UK, Online Day Shift – £125 a day (Verified January 2018)
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