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Tim Dams
Tim Dams  | October 2, 2012
Here's the results from 2012.
rm  | October 2, 2012
Any chance of looking at the figure for 2012? I would love to know how badly i am getting exploited.
JW  | July 31, 2012
I was a tv salaried producer's assistant in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I was paid the equivalent of £20,000 a year. If I worked on a series of, say, 12 weekly programmes, it would be very unusual to have any days off at all during those 12 weeks, as studio recording, filming and rehearsal had to be fitted into each week., with at least 2 very late nights per week. We never got overtime, we were expected to do whatever it took to get the programmes on air. However, we were all in the same boat and never felt used or exploited. Maybe the difference was being salaried in a job which was 100% secure - we didn't earn much but we never had periods when we weren't working at all. Reading the other comments, I'm glad I was in the industry then, not now.
zoe  | April 19, 2012
Given it doesn't state that they're for the same job, I presume it's down to (forgive the generalisation) more male PDs and more female PMs and reflects the difference in wage between the roles. I certainly hope that's all it is.
Natalie  | April 14, 2012
Interesting read, though I'm disappointed in the lack of comment on the £10K+ difference in wages earned by women compared to men. Gross.
JJ  | April 12, 2012
Many of the respondents comments ring true; increasingly we are being asked to do more, on decreased budgets, with shorter schedules, frequently doing work that just a few years ago would have been given to craft editors and cameramen for a fee which has not increased in accordance with the demands of our widened roles. This can be said for almost all production roles, from researchers to PDs. It seems that the only ones whom remain unaffected are execs and presenters. I just might start prodding for a pay increase - or better still, overtime, like my sound recordists still receive...
Clare  | April 11, 2012
Very good feature. And all too true. In my last job before leaving TV altogether I found out (too late to bring a claim) that each of my male colleagues had been paid more than me and my female colleagues for doing exactly the same job. And I'd foolishly thought arts and media were meant to be more enlightened...
Piotr  | March 8, 2012
Excellent article. I ve been working in UK as a online editor for many years. Now I ve been pushed to be a cameraman too, to animate and produce DVD and blu rays. Not only that but my salary went down by 15-20%. I ve been bullied in to doing shoots abroad fly back and edit over night so I worked 48 hours without sleep. Not only once... Too scared to move jobs (better the devil you know). However I am extremely angry that us employees have no protection and rights in this industry. Why is no one enforcing the "European Working Time Directive"? And constantly stressed about the younger generation undercutting and being prepared to work non stop. Although the quality of work they do is less than great. Well one thing is for sure I just found out that due to this treatment I have a heart problem now and not even 40 years old yet. So I am quite shocked that if a farmer abuses the horse and makes him work 24x7 he gets a prison sentence but a TV exec can force a runner, editor or camera person to do the same without any consequences.
Andy  | April 29, 2011
Very informative
Helen  | April 27, 2011
In a way I'm relieved that others have the same negative view of the industry and it's not just me. Many who have been freelance for a considerable time, have invaluable experience to bring to a production and are still far from retirement, are finding that incomes are now substantially reduced or nil, at a time in our lives when we should be at our peak earning levels. Low budgets, or should I say the tariff system, is driving Execs to employ the less experienced and cheaper option, who muddle through and can effectively cost more in the long run.
Will  | April 20, 2011
Great feature, thanks.

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