2% rates rise for BBC writers

BBC screenwriters are to receive a 2% pay rise, thanks to WGGB’s negotiators. The changes are effective from 27 November 2018.

The minimum rate for a teleplay rises to £12,180 per 60-minute slot; while the minimum for series/serials is now £11,160 per hour. Dramas rise to £8,100 per hour, and the 2% uplift also applies to adaptations, educational drama and sketches (view the full rate card here).

WGGB General Secretary Ellie Peers said: “WGGB continues to win for writers, against a backdrop of slow wage growth and cuts. With the creative sector now worth £92 billion per year, it is only right that writers, who are the bedrock of these industries, get their fair share of the rewards.”

WGGB’s trade union collective agreements with the BBC are negotiated in co-operation with the Personal Managers’ Association (PMA), representing writers’ agents.