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New Union Agreement for Engaging Crew on UK HETV Takes Effect

Pact/Bectu 2023 agreement makes a number of key changes to the terms and conditions for engaging crew.
January 20, 2023

On January 1, 2023 the new Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement took effect in the UK. The agreement applies to all scripted TV produced in the UK by any independent production company, or non-UK production company engaging UK-based crew in the UK.

The new agreement follows months of tense negotiations between producers’ organisation Pact and broadcasting union Bectu, predominantly regarding best working practices and crew work-life balance.

The new agreement – which applies until 1 January 2026 – makes a number of key changes to the terms and conditions for engaging crew. Notable changes include: 

  • Revised budget bands
  • Uplifted bank holiday rates
  • Changes to sixth and seventh days
  • A new cap on split days
  • Changes to the rounding increments and rates for overtime and penalties
  • Changes to night work

The new agreement also makes significant changes to how overtime is accrued (introducing the new concept of an “additional contracted hour,” known colloquially as “10+1+1”).

For a detailed breakdown of the changes, check out our Pact/Bectu agreement summary.

And for more information on how EP can help you to manage the complexities of the agreement on your next UK production, please get in touch.

Topic: UK

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