Performers and creatives working for independent theatre organisations will get pay rises of up to 24% under a new deal negotiated by Equity.
The union’s Stage Committee has agreed a new day rate of £100 with the Independent Theatre Council – a significant increase on the previous informal day rate of £80.50.
This rate is payable for a maximum of three days a week, with the full weekly rate of pay to apply for individuals working four or more days.
The weekly fee on the agreement has also increased by 2.2%, rising from £483 per week to £494.
The agreement covers all theatre companies signed up to ITC’s Ethical Managers list, which includes Cardboard Citizens, Actors Touring Company, Clean Break, Graeae Theatre, Paines Plough, Tamasha Theatre Company and Told by an Idiot.
Charlotte Bence, Equity’s independent theatre organiser, said: “Equity members value the work opportunities and creative contribution of the independent theatre sector, which we know has been suffering from swingeing cuts to government arts funding.
“The opportunity to undertake a detailed review of the agreement and the accompanying best-practice handbook is really exciting, and we are looking forward to working with both Equity and ITC members to future-proof our agreement.”
ITC chief executive Charlotte Jones said the agreement “provides a set of minimum terms and conditions and pay rates which form the backbone of good employment practice in this industry”.
“The new day rate will provide the potential for more flexible working and recognises the shifting working patterns of the sector.
“ITC members can sign up as Ethical Managers to use these agreements and can apply for recognised variations to accommodate a wide range of touring and non-traditional performance-space practice,” she added.