Writers’ Guild secures pay increase for playwrights in independent sector
Playwrights commissioned by independent theatre companies in the UK are set to see their pay rise by 2.9% from next month, as part of a new two-year deal.
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has negotiated an increase for writers working under its Independent Theatre Council agreement, meaning that rates will increase by 2.9% from April this year, and 2.5% from April 1, 2019.
This means the rate for a full-length play – more than 70 minutes – will rise to £8,952 this year, and to £9,176 next year.
Plays between 30 and 70 minutes will also pay more – £5,961 this year and £6,110 next year – as will pieces that are under 30 minutes in length.
They will be paid at a rate of £2,981 from April, and £3,056 next year.
Writers’ Guild general secretary Ellie Peers said: “Theatre writers play an important role in the UK’s creative industries, which are currently booming, worth £92 million per year and growing at twice the rate of the UK economy.
“It’s important that playwrights are properly remunerated for their valuable contribution and this two-year deal guarantees a rising income until 2020.”
The new deal will also usher in increases in royalty fees and areas such as meal allowances and day rates.
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