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 job adverts, tip-offs and the NUJ. 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.

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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 October 7

3CC, Day Shift – £80-£100 (Reported Feb 2017)
Accommodation for Students – Do Not Pay (Reported) 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 words including four interviews and a match report (Verified May 2017)
Al Jazeera English – $350 for 800-1,000 word piece (Reported September 2018)
Al-Monitor, Commissioned Piece – $250 for 1,000 words (Reported July 2016)
Attitude, Story – 15p a word (Reported May 2017)
Attitude, Subbing Shift – £130 a Day (Reported July 2017)
Advocate, Story – 40c a word (Reported May 2017)
Bauer Media, Commercial Radio, Day Shift – £80-£90 a day, 8 hours (Reported September 2018)
BBC, Newsbeat Online Shift – £192 a day (Reported Feb 2017)
BBC, Future, Reported Story – £400 for 1,000 words (Reported December 2017)
BBC Stories, Photographs – £140 for 6 Photos (Reported May 2018)
Broadly, News and Features – 20p per word  (Reported June 2017)
Business Airport International Magazine, Features – £200-250 per 1,000 words (Reported September 2018)
BuzzFeed, Personal Essay – £200 for 1,000 words (Reported Feb 2017)
CapX, Blog Post – £100 (Reported May 2017)
Capital Structure, Weekend Press Aggregation Shifts – £25ph (Reported October 2018)
Central FM Radio, Shift – £50 for an 8 hour weekday or 5 hour weekend (Reported June 2017)
Channel 4 News, Multimedia Producer Shift – £150 a day / £175 at weekends (Reported September 2017)
Cision (Gorkana), Careers Advice Feature – £250 for 800 words (Reported September 2018)
CityMetric, Online Piece – £50 a piece (Reported July 2017)
CityMetric, Day Shift – £85 a day (Reported May 2017)
CNBC International, Day Shift – £160 per day (Reported July 2018)
Cosmopolitan, Article – £75 a piece (Reported August 2017)
Cosmopolitan, Article – 40p a word (Reported October 2018)
Cosmopolitan, Online – Do Not Pay (Reported July 2017)
Crash.net, Event Coverage – £300 for 4 Days (Reported August 2017)
Debut Careers, Student Tier Online Blog – £25 per piece, 500-800 words (Reported July 2017) Note: This is their student rate, and is not acceptable for working professional journalists.
Debut Careers, Freelancer Tier Online Piece – £150 for 1,500-2,000 words (Reported September 2018)
Daily and Sunday Express, Travel Feature – £350 for 800 words (Reported June 2017)
Daily Mail, Health – £600 for a page/900 words (Reported April 2018)
Daily Mail, Health – £900 for a spread / 1,800 words (Reported April 2018)
Daily Mail Femail, Feature – £600-£700 for a page (Reported October 2017)
Daily Mirror Feature Exclusive – £300 – £1,500, Two Pages (Reported October 2017)
Dazed Digital, Feature – £100-£125 for 800 words (Reported March 2018)
Deutsche Welle – £380 for 950 word feature and pictures (Reported January 2018)
Deutsche Welle – €250 for 100 word feature with pictures (Reported July 2018)
Digital Spy, Feature – £50 for 1,000 words (Reported June 2016)
Digital Spy, TV Review – £60 for 350-500 words (Reported September 2018)
Discovered Magazine – Do Not Pay (Reported March 2018)
DIVA Magazine – £75 for 500 Words (Reported May 2018)
DK&A (Design Thinkers Academy), Social Media And Content Creating Shift – £127.50p per day (Reported August 2018)
Edinburgh Evening News – £85 for an 8 hour day shift (Reported February 2018)
Egmont Publishing – £130 for full day editorial shift (Reported October 2017)
Egmont Publishing – £130 for full day design shift (Reported October 2017)
Elle Online, Feature – £200 for 1,000 (Reported December 2017)
Empire, Article – £300 for 1,000 (Reported August 2018)
Express.co.uk, Online News Shift – £120 for a 9 hour day (Reported August 2017)
Express.co.uk, Online Upload Shift – £102 (Reported December 2017)
Eurogamer, Opinion Piece – £200 for 1,000 words (Reported November 2017
Euronews, Reporting Shifts – €16.25 per hour (Reported August 2018)
FE Week, Subbing Shifts – £150 a day (Reporting September 2018)
Football League World – £50 per 6 hour shift (August 2018)
Gay Times Magazines, Print Articles – 11p a word, rounded up to nearest £10  (Reported June 2017)
GoThinkBig – £80 for a feature (Reported February 2018)
Grazia, News and Features – 50p a word (Reported June 2017)
Guardian, Feature – £285 for 600 words (Reported 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, News Shifts – £190 for an 8 hour day (Reported September 2018)
Guardian, Shifts on Student Desk – £150 a day 8 hours (Reported May 2017)
Guardian, Shifts on G2 – £190 a day 8 hours (Reported May 2017)
Guardian US, – $240 for 1,000 words (Reported February 2018)
Haymarket Media, Shift – £75 a day (Reported December 2017)
Harrods Magazine Subbing Shift – £150 for a 7 hour day (Reported October 2017)
Harris Hill, Digital Editor Shift – £150-£191 for a day shift (Reported May 2018)
Heat, Online Day Shift – £100 for 8.5 hours (Reported December 2016)
High Life (British Airways) – £500 for 1,500 words (Reported April 2018)
How We Get To Next, Commissioned Piece – £325 for 1,200 words (Reported December 2016)
How We Get To Next, Short Features – £250 for 1,000 words (Reported June 2018)
HostelWorld, Travel Feature – $150 per piece (Reported August 2018)
Huck Magazine, Commissioned Piece – 10p a word (Reported October 2017)
Huck Magazine, Commissioned Piece – £110 for 1,300 word feature (Reported September 2018)
i Paper, Online Shift – £130-£150 a day, 9 hours (Reported April 2018)
INTO – $350 for 1,200 words – (Reported May 2018)
i Paper, Online Comment – £75-£150, 500 Words (Reported April 2018)
i Paper, Online Sports – £140 for 700-800 words (Reported May 2018)
i Paper, News Piece – £175 a piece (Reported February 2018)
i Paper, Feature – £200 a piece (Reported February 2018)
i Paper, Article – 25p a word (Reported November 2016)
Irish Daily Mail, Day Shift – £200 (Reported October 2017)
Insider Guides, Article – £200 per 500 words (Reported June 2016)
Inspired Interns, Online Blog – £10 per piece (Reported Feb 2017)
Indy100, Day Shift – £90 a day (Reported March 2017)
International Marketing Partners, PR and Comms Day Shift – £150 a day (Reported September 2018)
Investr, Financial Markets Journalist Day Shift – £100 a day (Reported June 2018)
ITV Good Morning Britain, Producer – £120 for a day, 9 hours (Reported June 2017)
Johnston Press (North East) Subbing Shift – £100 a day (Reported August 2018)
Johnston Press (North East) Reporting Shift – £100 a day (Reported August 2018)
Johnston Press (North East) Local Democracy Reporter Day Cover – £100 a day (Reported August 2018)
Johnston Press  (North East) Photography Shift – £100 a day / £50 a half day (Reported August 2018)
Lad Bible, Day Shift – £90 Remote Working (Reported November 2017)
Lad Bible, Feature – £80-150 a piece (Reported November 2017)
Lad Bible, Sponsored Content – £100 a piece (Reported November 2017)
Little White Lies, Personal Essay – £50 for 1,200 words (Reported February 2017)
Loot, Blog Post – £50 a piece (Reported May 2017)
London Calling – Do Not Pay (Reported November 2017)
London Live, Production or Reporter Shift – £125 a day, 10 hours (Reported Feb 2017)
London Evening Standard, Diary Shift – £80 a day, 8 hours (Reported Feb 2017)
London Evening Standard, Diary Story  – £40, Standard Story, £70, Lead Story (Reported May 2017)
London Evening Standard, Video Shift – £90-£110 a day, 9 hours (Reported Feb 2017)
Love Exploring, Travel Feature – £150 for 1,000 words (Reported April 2018)
Lonely Planet, Travel Feature – €290 per 1,000 words (Reported January 2018)
MailOnline, Comment Moderation Shifts – £100 a day (Reported June 2017)
Marie Claire, News and Features – 50p a Word (Reported June 2017)
Marie Claire, Online – Do Not Pay (Reported December 2017)
MailOnline, Online Reporter – £100 – £120 a Day (Reported August 2017)
MailOnline, Video Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported April 2017)
Metro, Features Subbing Shift – £135 a day, 8 hours (Reported May 2017)
Metro.co.uk, News Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported September 2018)
Metro.co.uk, Online Article – ~£100 per 1,000 words (Reported August 2018)
Metro.co.uk, Social Producer Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported June 2017)**
Metro.co.uk, Video Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported May 2018)**
Metro.co.uk, Entertainment Desk Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported June 2017)**
Men’s Health, US, Feature – $300 a piece, no word count (Reported December 2017)
Mic, Online Arts Piece – $100 a piece (Reported Feb 2017)
Metro.co.uk, Video Producer Shift – £100 a day, 9 hours (Reported Feb 2017)
Middle East Eye, Articles – $350 for 1,200 word piece (Reported Feb 2017)
Mirror Online News Shift, Week Day – £156 a day (Reported October 2017)
Mirror Online News Shift, Weekend – £196 a day (Reported October 2017)
Mirror Online, Social Media Editor Shift, Nights – £164.46 a day (Reported September 2018)
Modern Railways, Article – £370 for 2,000 words (Reported August 2018)
Mosaic Science, Piece – £1,800 for 5,500 piece  (Reported October 2017)
Modern Gardens – £325 for six pages and images (Reported April 2018)
Modern Gardens – £300 for four pages and images (Reported April 2018)
Modus, Piece – £400 for 1,000 word piece (Reported October 2017)
Money Saving Expert – £160 for a 7.5 hour shift (Reported August 2018)
MSN UK, Content Editor Shift – £170 a day, 8 hours (Reported November 2016)
Music Week, Subbing Shifts – £120 a day (Reported December 2016)
Nature, Subbing Shift – £205.80 (Reported August 2017)
New European, Feature – £200 for 800 words (Reported May 2017)
New Socialist – £50 a Piece, Online (Reported December 2017)
New Start Magazine, Features – £120 for 1,000 words (Reported September 2018)
New Statesman, Online Piece – £75 a piece (Reported Feb 2017)
New Internationalist, Online Story – £150 for 800 Words (Reported April 2018)
News Deeply, Commissioned Piece – $300 for 1,000 plus $50 per photo (Reported June 2017)
News Deeply, Commissioned Piece – $200 for 1,200 words (Reported May 2018)
NME, Subbing Shift – £150 a shift (Reported October 2017)
NME, Big Reads – 13p a word (Reported June 2018)
NME, Reviews – £50 a piece (Reported June 2018)
NME, One Day Festival Coverage – £100 (Reported June 2018)
NME, Two Day Festival Coverage – £200 (Reported June 2018)
NME, Three Day Festival Coverage – £250 (Reported June 2018)
NME, Opinion Piece – £50 (Reported June 2018)
NME, Junket Interview – £60 (Reported June 2018)
Noisey, Piece – 10-11p a word (Reported May 2018)
Nursing Standard, Day Shift – £160 a shift (Reported September 2018)
OK! Magazine, Shift – £133 a Shift (Reported June 2017)
Online Betting School Blog – £25 for 700 words (Reported June 2016)
Online Betting School Video – £50 a video (Reported June 2016)
Picfair, Listicles – £30 a piece, 800 words (Reported August 2017)
PinkNews, Online Writing Shifts – £100 for 9 Hours (Reported August 2018)
PinkNews – 10p a word for 700 words (Reported June 2018)
Planet Rock, Review – £40 (Reported August 2017)
Planet Rock, Article – £200 for 1,000 words (Reported August 2018)
Politics.co.uk, Online Piece – £50 (Reported April 2017)
Positive News, 600-word feature – 25p a word (Reported August 2018)
Press Association, Video Reporter Shifts – £150 a day (Reported Feb 2017)
Pulse, Data Entry and FOI Shifts – £75 a day recent grads, £150 a day experience (Reported September 2018)
Pub Ocean, Sub Editing and Headline Editing – £10ph (Reported August 2018)
Radio 5 Live, Phone Interview / Commentary – £30-50 (Reported April 2018)
Radio Times, Subbing Shift – £120 a day (Reported August 2017)
Radio Times, Articles – 50p a word (Reported October 2017)
Refinery29, Article – £150 for 800 words, £200 for 1,000 (Reported December 2017)
Retail Week, Subbing Shift – £160 for 7 hours (Reported October 2017)
Retail Week, print and online subbing – £175 per day (Reported August 2018)
Relate, Digital Content Producer Shift – £230 a day (Reported February 2018)
RightsInfo, Subbing – £22.50ph (Reported October 2017)
RightsInfo, News Editing Shift – £180 for 8.5 hour shift (Reported May 2018)
Roads and Kingdoms, Commissioned Piece – £25 for 500 words (Reported March 2017)
Rough Guides, Online Travel Feature – £130 for 800 words (Reported October 2016)
Scribol, Freelance Sub-Editor Shifts – £10ph (Reported August 2017)
Sainsburys Magazine, Subbing Shift – £130 a day (Reported October 2017)
Save The Student, Shifts – £8.30ph (Reported Feb 2017)
Sayso, Articles –  £25 per 1,000 word piece (Reported August 2017)
Schools Week, Subbing Shifts – £150 a day (Reporting September 2018)
Selling Travel Magazine – £107 for 600 words (Reported June 2017)
Sheengate Publishing, Digital Content Editing – £15ph (Reported August 2018)
S Magazine, The Sunday Express – £650 for three piece case study (Reported April 2018)
Stylist – £130 a Day (Reported October 2017)
Skyscanners, Travel Feature – £200 for 2,000 words (Reported August 2017)
Sky News, Shift – £175 a day (Reported Feb 2017)
Sky News, Paper Review – £200-£300 (Reported April 2018)
Sky News, Talking Head – £75-£100 (Reported April 2018)
Spectator, Money Section – £70 for 800 Words (Reported December 2017)
Take a Break, Health Lead – £500 for 1,200 Words (Reported April 2018)
Take a Break – £400 writer / £300 interviewee for a page and a half / 1,100 words (Reported April 2018)
Teen Vogue (US) – $50 per aggregated news story (Reported May 2018)
Teen Vogue (US) – $100 original reported story (Reported May 2018)
The Canary, Online Pieces – £88 for eight 300-500 words pieces (Reported September 2018)
The Debrief, Articles – £100-£150 a piece (Reported April 2017)***
The Local – €250 for stories between 500 and 800 words (Reported SpringCN 2018)
The New York Times – $1 per word – specialist reports section (Reported July 2018)
The Stage, News Piece – £50 (Reported June 2018)
The Stage, Articles – £150 for 1,200 word spread (Reported April 2018)
The Star, Online Shift – £120 for a shift (ReportedApril 2018)
The Sun, Online Shift – £120 for a shift (Reported April 2018)
The Times, Diary Story – £70 (Reported May 2017)
The Times, News Shift – £144.45 per shift (Reported October 2017)
The Telegraph, Hotel Review – £75 per piece, approx 500 words (Reported January 2018)
The Telegraph, SEO Shifts – £120 a day, £150 a weekday (Reported October 2018)
The Telegraph, Online Opinion piece – £50 for 600 words (Reported Feb 2016)
The Telegraph, Online News Piece – £60 for up to 550 words, £110 above (Reported January 2017)
The Telegraph, Online News Shift – £150 a day (Reported January 2017)
The Axis, The Telegraph, Article – 40p a word (Reported March 2017)
The Telegraph, Travel Article – 25p a word (Reported October 2017)
The Independent, Day Shift – £90 a shift, 9 hour day (Reported June 2017)**
The Independent, Day Shift Subbing the Daily Edition App – £100-140 a day (Reported June 2017)
The Independent, Comment Piece – £50-£100 for 800 words (Reported May 2018)
The Media Society, Trainee Reporting Scheme – £9.75ph (Reported August 2017)
The National (UAE), Commissioned Piece – $400 for 1,000 words (Reported October 2017)
The Observer, Magazine, Day Shift Subbing – £190 (Reported December 2017)
The Overtake, Feature – £50 (Reported December 2017)
The Pool, Online Feature – 30p a Word (Reported November 2017)
Travioor, Travel Feature – £40 for 1,000 words (Reported Feb 2017)
The Journalist, NUJ – £250 for 750 words (Reported May 2017)
The Scotsman, 8 hour editing shift – £95 a day (Reported July 2018)
The Scout Association, Content Editing Shift – £110 a day (Reported September 2018)
The Sun, Shifts – £120 a day (Reported June 2018)
The Sun, Subbing Shifts – £165 a day (Reported December 2017)
The Sun, Front Page Splash – £1,000-£1,500 (Reported June 2017)*
The Sun, Page Leads Before Page 15 – £750 (Reported June 2017)*
The Sun, Page Leads After Page 15 – £400 (Reported June 2017)*
The Sun, Online Feature – £250 for 700 Words (Reported September 2017)
The Sun, Other Story Before Page 15 – £350-450 (Reported June 2017)*
The Sunday Times, Shifts on Foreign Desk, £80 for 10 hours, (Reported December 2017)
The Uni Bubble, Urgent Online Pieces, £30 for a piece (Reported September 2018) Note: This is their student rate, and is not acceptable for working professional journalists.
The Uni Bubble, Online Pieces, – £10 per 10,000 readers (Reported September 2018)
Thinking City, Online Pieces – £200 for 800 words (Reported September 2018)
Third Sector Magazine, reporting shift – £170 per day (Reported December 2016)
Thompson Reuters Foundation, Reporting or Digital Production Shifts – £100 for 8 hours (Reported September 2018)
Trust, Feature – £700 for 1,000 Words (Reported October 2017)
University of the Third Age, Day Shift – £200 (Reported December 2017)
Vice, News and Features – 20p a Word (Reported May 2018)****
Vice, Tonic, Feature – $250 for 1,000 words (Reported December 2017)
Weather to Travel, Online Travel Piece – £120 for 800 words (Reported March 2017)
Western Mail, Photography Day Shift – £150 (Reported August 2018)
When Saturday Comes, Piece – £70 for 700 words (Reported October 2017)
Women’s Own, Subbing Shift – £120 for 7 hours (Reported October 2017)
Women’s Own – £600 for three person line-up (Reported April 2018)
Women’s Weekly, Cup of Tea Slot – £75 (Reported April 2018)
Word of Mouth Magazine (South London) – £20 for 800 – 1,000 words (Reported January 2018)
WI Life, Subbing Shift, 7 Hours – £180 a Day (Reported August 2017)
Wired UK, Online Day Shift – £125 a day (Reported January 2018)
Winq, Story – 25p a word (Reported May 2017)

* Pictures and video will often double the rate, although tipsters are often expected to waive
** 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