BECTU has produced a pay rates guide to the going daily and weekly rates for make-up and hair personnel, covering television, feature films, commercials, corporate and pop promos.
For new entrants, trainees and those undertaking work experience, please go to careers advice for more information on the National Minimum Wage.
CONFIRM YOUR BOOKINGS IN WRITING
Getting a written contract from some companies can be tricky. Verbal agreements are legally binding, but it can be difficult to prove this in the event of having to go down the legal route to get your payment or to resolve another issue. BECTU strongly advises freelancers to issue a "confirmation of booking" letter, where you know, or suspect, that a company may not send you a contract.
For general advice on contracts and agreements, go to the website links below. BECTU members can also have contracts personally checked by BECTU for free - contact the union for more information:
PROFESSIONAL & PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
Public liability insurance is designed to cover you and your business in the event of third party claims being made against you for negligence that have caused persons to suffer injury or illness as a result. It should also provide cover if you were out at a third parties' property and caused damage.