Freelance rates guidelines

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SAFREA works to raise the professional standing of freelancers in the media and communications industry, promoting professional standards and ethical conduct by both freelancers and their clients.

SAFREA recommends the following rates as being fair and equitable industry standards for competent and established professionals in the specified fields.

If you are new to the profession, or not confident in a particular area, you should use your discretion to adjust the rates downwards to what you believe is fair remuneration for your work.

You should add a premium for work that is based on expertise, very technical, requires specialist knowledge or a lot of research.

We recommend charging an additional hourly rate for meetings, interviews and project management or coordination. If you travel using your own vehicle, the charge per kilometre depends on your car. This can be checked on the AA website.

To avoid any misunderstandings, SAFREA recommends that a written agreement stating full terms and conditions is entered into prior to the commencement of all work. For examples of such agreements, please click here.

Click here to view a PDF file of the latest freelance rates trends.

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