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Television floor manager: Salary and conditions

  • The majority of floor managers work on a freelance basis and salaries can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly rate. A freelance floor manager will usually earn around £150 per eight-hour day but it may be possible to earn up to £400 in a day. As with most jobs, the pay in London tends to be higher.
  • Range of typical starting salaries: £16,000 - £22,000.
  • Range of typical salaries at senior level/with experience, e.g. after 10-15 years in the role: upwards of £25,000.
  • Salary will vary according to location, company, experience, duration of contract and demand.
  • 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. Alternatively, you could work ten days in a row. 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.
  • Periods of unemployment may occur in some instances.
  • The work is mainly studio based, but floor managers may also work on location, particularly when covering sporting events.
  • Self-employment/freelance work is commonly possible. Freelance work is now the norm across the range of television companies, from the BBC to small independents.
  • 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 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.

Written by AGCAS editors
January 2013

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