WORKING CONTRACTS IN
PRINT BASED MEDIA
BY: VICTOR SCARABELLI
• The media industry is a one of a kind industry, it can be very flexible and constantly changing, this means that
the contracts with its workers are more flexible than traditional jobs.
• These are some of the most common working contracts in the media industry:
1. Full-Time, Permanent
2. Part-Time, Permanent
3. Fixed-term and Freelance
4. Shift work
5. Office Hours
6. Irregular and antisocial hours pay
8. On Completion
Full-time basis usually consist of 39 hours a week. A Permanent contract means you are consider as a
regular member of staff entitled to company benefits including pensions, sick pay, maternity/paternity
leave and holiday pay.
• This means you will be work roughly 40 to 50 % less than a full-time hours per week. You will also be
entitled to the same benefits as full-time, permanent however, on a reduced basis due to fewer working
• Common job roles to take on a part-time, permanent contract would be on financial, sales and
FIXED-TERM AND FREELANCE
• These contracts are similar in that they are both temporary and will only last for a certain period of
time. Under a fixed-term contract you may still be entitled to company benefits if outlined in your
contract. However, a freelance worker will be responsible for their own arrangements in terms of
pensions, holidays and sick pay and other allowances.
• These job contracts can usually be found in roles such as technical, creative and markting.
• This means your hours are set to a certain time of the day, for example 7am-3pm or 11pm-7am. Shifts
can include late or night work and are often used I places that need to be manned 24 hours a day, such
as broadcasting centres (TV centres/Radio centres).
• Traditionally, these are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. This contract is very common people working in
administration and office-based jobs.
• These job contracts are most likely to be found in financial roles as well as sales and marketing, and
some assistants jobs such as research assistant.
IRREGULAR AND ANTI-SOCIAL HOURS
• This is a little like overtime, when a person is paid extra money on top of their normal wages for
working over or working unsociable hours. This is quite common in the media industries, as production
work, especially on location, can be irregular and may involve working very early in the morning or late
in to the night. These payments are an incentive to people to work these unsociable hours above and
beyond their normal contracted duties.
• A set annual wage that is broken down into monthly payments. A salary will be advertised as, for
example, £20,000 per year, this is then divided by 12 to give you a monthly payment of around
£1,666.The job roles most likely to be salaried are managerial and sometimes technical and creative.
• This is also quite common in the media industries, especially for people commissioned to do work. A
contract outlines what you are required to do and by when, and you will be paid the agreed fee when
the work is completed according to the contract. The job roles most likely to be on completion are
creative and sometimes technical.