- Guide To Recommended Minimum Writing Rates
- How Can I Get Advice?
- Advice On Voluntary/Unpaid Work
The New Zealand Writers Guild has always advocated minimum rates and conditions for the writing of film, television, theatre, radio and other forms of script based writing. The Guild was the first organisation to negotiate a minimum agreement with theatres and in the 1980s negotiated minimum rates for the writing of television (this agreement was swept away with the changes wrought by the Employment Contracts Act 1991).
In 1997 the Guild undertook a comprehensive review of writing rates and published its first Minimum Recommended Rates sheet. In late 2004 the Guild completed another review of rates. The current Guide is a result of the information obtained from that most recent review.
This Guide contains rates for all the major types of script based writing completed for the screen and for radio. Rates for new media writing are currently being compiled. Anyone seeking rates for theatre should contact Playmarket.
The Guild provides advice on rates to all its members or to those who wish to engage writers in New Zealand.
Rates for writing on overseas productions will often be governed by the minimum agreement of the overseas territory. Writers working for overseas producers or companies should contact the Guild about the appropriate rates of pay in different jurisdictions.
It is one of the principles of the Guild that no writer should work for nothing.
However sometimes there are opportunities for non-writing work or participation in projects that could be rewarding and could open doors. If you are already established as a professional writer, these are not for you. But if you are still trying to get on the ladder, these may give you useful experience and contacts. If you are interested in doing such work you should make sure you know exactly how much work, and what type of work, you may be letting yourself in for. If you find yourself contributing significant ideas or material, at that point you must ask to be paid on the same basis as other contributors, and to have a share in any future profits or further uses of your work.