Paid and unpaid work

StarNow aims to connect aspiring and professional talent with opportunities in all areas of the entertainment industry. We actively encourage paid opportunities for our members; however, we are also acutely aware of the critical role we play in providing exposure to aspiring talent and casting professionals alike.

Therefore, when placing an audition or job, advertisers can choose between “paid”, “unpaid” or “expenses only”.

Low-paid or unpaid work may appeal to some members who are willing to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to gain experience in the industry. However, we also need to ensure that all casting calls placed abide by national minimum wage legislation (for example, the UK National Minimum Wage Act).

When choosing between “paid”, “unpaid” and “expenses only”, advertisers based in the UK will need to tick a box to confirm they are not in breach of the Minimum Wage Act.

If the advertiser is placing a casting in the UK, this message will display at the bottom of the casting call:

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by the UK National Minimum Wage Act.

Visit the UK Government website to find out more about the legal obligations relating to the current minimum wage rates.

Equity has information about pay rates for actors, My First Job in Film has some useful guidelines, and UK’s media and entertainment trade union (BECTU) have set up Creative Toolkit, which offers advice on the minimum wage laws.

Some unpaid work may fall under “volunteering” or “collaboration”. However, a volunteer or collaborator has no contract and is under no obligation to work certain hours or perform particular duties.

Occasionally there are companies that offer unpaid work on productions when they should pay at least the national minimum wage. If you are confident that a listing on StarNow is breaching national minimum wage legislation, please contact us.

You can also read our terms & conditions for more details.

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