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  • The majority of floor managers work on a freelance basis and salaries can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly rate. You must expect to negotiate fees according to your experience and the type of production you will be working on. As a general guide, day rates can range from £150 to £400.
  • In permanent positions, once established, you may earn over £25,000 but it is likely you will need to start on a lower salary in order to secure work and gain experience.
  • Salary will vary according to location, company, experience, duration of contract and demand.
  • Freelance work may be more highly paid than employment as a member of staff, but work may not be consistent.
  • Working hours can be long and irregular, often including evening and weekend work. It is not uncommon to work a 14-hour day. Hours are usually dictated by studio booking times and a floor manager is expected to stay until the job is done.
  • A typical day may involve starting at 1pm and filming three episodes of a game show, having an hour's break and then filming another two in the evening. Two very long days may be followed by a day off.
  • When working freelance, you will be expected to work the hours demanded by the production company.
  • If working on a freelance basis, periods of unemployment may occur in some instances, while you secure work on another production.
  • The work is mainly studio based, but floor managers may work on location, particularly when covering sporting events.
  • Jobs with independent production companies and facilities houses are mainly in London and the South East. Although many BBC and independent television jobs are also based in the capital, there are opportunities in the UK's larger cities, particularly Manchester since the BBC moved some of its services to Salford.
  • The work can be pressurised, particularly when working to tight production schedules and strict studio booking times.
  • Dress code is usually casual, but a smart appearance may be required when working on outside broadcasts, e.g. sporting events.
  • Outside broadcasts and location shoots involve working away from home on a regular basis or for fairly long periods of time, either in the UK or abroad.
  • There may be opportunities to work abroad for foreign production companies.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

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Written by AGCAS editors
February 2015

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