rates

These are the current recommended rates for Set Decoration crew, as per the Bectu Art Department Rate Card, published in January 2020. These rates were collated from an extensive survey of Set Decoration members, carried out by Bectu in partnership with the BFDG. A printable version can be found on the Bectu Art Department Branch website.


The job descriptions have been written by the Bectu Art Department Committee and are currently work in progress 26.06.20. 

They are written with productions in Band 3 (£30M+) in mind. A separate document will follow for productions in the other two budget bands.


The rates are based on a 5 day week in the Greater London area and include holiday pay. The rates within each range will vary depending on the amount of experience/ time held in that position, the size of the project and where it is based. 


Extra charges

These figures do not include box/ kit rental, computer rental, car allowance or mobile phone but do discuss them when negotiating your deal. Currently box rental for our department is approximately £25-30 a week and can be capped after a certain number of weeks. Car allowance is approximately £150 a week for the duration of the project. Mobile phone allowances vary production to production, it is sometimes a weekly set rate or can be a percentage of your monthly phone bill.

Grade  Experience

Major Motion Picture

& Large International TV

£30m+ (Band 3)

 Medium feature / International TV

£8.5m to £30m (Band 2)

Small feature / TV

< £8.5m (Band 1)


Set Decorator 15+ years  £2,750 - £3,500  £2,400 - £2,800 *2   £1,700 - £2,200 *2
Duties to include:
  • Working alongside Production Designer and Director to create the visual language of the film 
  • General HoD responsibilities 
  • Script breakdown 
  • Research and source 
  • Budget supervision and allocation 
  • Selection of crew 
  • First point of contact for other departments 
  • Brief and supervise all works of all departments that work for Set Decoration including Props Dept, Drapes, Model makers, Set Dec Art Directors, Graphics and more 
  • Liaising with production, accounts, locations and other departments 
  • Brief and supervise external contractors and specialists 
  • Dress sets
  • Involvement in product placement and clearance issues 
  • Creation of mood boards for presentation to Designer & Director

Senior Production Buyer 15+ years  £2,300 - £2,700  £2,100 - £2,600  £1,450 - £1,700

Duties to include:

  • Creates and manages budget with the Set Decorator 
  • Supports and guides the spend of the department 
  • Is the negotiator for the department 
  • Does financial forecasts and weekly budget reports 
  • Liaises with the prop department for collections/ returns and dressing schedules 
  • Liaising with production, accounts, locations and other departments Involvement in product placement and clearance issues


Production Buyer 10+ years  £2,000 - £2,400 £1,750 - £2,200  £1,100 - £1,800

Duties to include:

  • Creates and manages budget with the Set Decorator
  • Supports and guides the spend of the department
  • Is the negotiator for the department
  • Does financial forecasts and weekly budget reports
  • Liaises with the prop department for collections/ returns and dressing schedules
  • Inputting data into financial spreadsheets for all expenditure
  • Completing purchase/hire orders and other paperwork
  • Sourcing/ Research


    Location Set Decorator 15+ years £2,300 - £2,700 £2,100 - £2,600 N/A

    Duties to include:

      • Acting as HOD of that location for Set Decoration 
      • Liaising with all other departments as main contact 
      • Liaising with external contractors and specialists 
      • Script breakdown 
      • Recceing locations 
      • Leading a team of locals and crew from the UK 
      • Research and source 
      • Oversee all works from various departments
      •  Dressing locations
      • May run the budget for the UK buyer in their absence 
      • Creation of mood boards for presentation to Designer & Director


      Senior/ Lead or Key Assistant Set Decorator 10+ years ££1,850 - £2,200 £1,450 - 1,850 £1,000 - 1,300

      Duties to include:

          • Liaising with all other departments as main contact alongside the Set Decorator
          • Assists the Set Decorator with the organising and running of the department and the visual language of the project 
          • Script breakdown 
          • Research and source all props and furniture 
          • Sourcing, briefing & overseeing suppliers and external fabricators 
          • Oversee and manage the works needed for their own sets 
          • Dressing sets 
          • Good knowledge of period furniture, design & architecture styles and textiles
          • Involvement in product placement and clearance issues 
          • Help run Set Dec Dept. Assisting in selection & overseeing other members of the dept. 
          • Creation of mood boards for presentation to Designer & Director


          Assistant Set Decorator 5+ years £1,500 - £1,800 £1,250 - £1,550 £900 - £1,250

          Duties to include:

              • Assists the Set Decorator with the visual language of the project
              • Script breakdown
              • Research and source all props and furniture
              • Sourcing, briefing and overseeing suppliers and external fabricators
              • Oversee and manage the works needed for their own sets or aides with others
              • Dressing sets
              • Knowledge of period furniture, design, architectural styles and textiles
              • Creation of mood boards for presentation to the Designer and Director.
              • Involvement of product placement and clearance issues


              Set Decoration

              Co-ordinator

              3+ years £1,300 - £1,800 £1,100 - £1,700 N/A

              Duties to include:

                    • The day to day running of the department
                    • Schedule meetings
                    • Arrange Travel
                    • Inform the department on schedule and script changes
                    • Manage labour flow for the department
                    • Help liaise with clearance and legal for the department
                    • Fill in the daily work forms
                    • Organise the drawings, input orders, file paperwork
                    • Order the stationary and set up the office
                    • Organise the archiving at the end of the shoot


                    Action Prop Buyer 2+ years £1,350 - £1,850 £1,100 - £1,600 £950 - £1,200

                    Duties to include:

                            • Script breakdown specifically for action props
                            • Sourcing, briefing and overseeing suppliers and external fabricators for key props
                            • Presenting to the Set Decorator and Director for approval
                            • Communication and servicing the stand-by art department for set requests
                            • Buying consumables


                            Assistant Buyer 2+ years £1,250 - £1,750 £1,000 - £1,500 £850 - £1,100

                            Duties to include:

                                    • Support to the production buyer
                                    • Assist with the paperwork / hiring / sourcing
                                    • Coordinate online purchase deliveries
                                    • Support the Set Decoration team in sourcing smaller parts of sets such as door furniture or some key props
                                    • Support the standbys on set during the shoot
                                    • Cash handling and reconciliation


                                    Petty Cash Buyer 1+ years £1,100 - £1,350 £900 - £1,250 £750 - £1,000

                                    Duties to include:

                                            • Support to the the above roles either sourcing or in the office with admin
                                            • Getting in samples 
                                            • Contacting suppliers 
                                            • Buying consumables 
                                            • Assistance in couriering or sourcing items for set requests


                                            Set Decorating Assistant 1+ years £800 - £950 *1  £750 - 900 *1  £650 - 800 *1 

                                            Duties to include:

                                            • Taking care of the department’s daily needs and requirements 
                                            • Assist the co-ordinator in their role and duties 
                                            • Help distribute paperwork, filing, photocopying 
                                            • Research


                                            Set Decorating Runner / Trainee 1+ years £675 - 800 *1  £660 - 800 *1  £650 - 800 *1 

                                            Duties to include:

                                            • Taking care of the department’s daily needs and requirements
                                            • Assist the co-ordinator in their role and duties 
                                            • Help distribute paperwork, filing, photocopying 
                                            • Collection of props or graphics when needed 
                                            • Assist in the presentations to other departments under direct supervision



                                            *1 increased beyond inflation to bring up to London living wage.

                                            *2 increased for parity within Art Department


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