OHS News: Pay guidance for freelance oral historians

Posted on 30/09/2014 by


Freelance oral historians should be earning at least £175 a day, according to National Heritage Lottery Fund guidance drawn up in partnership with Rob Perks, secretary of the Oral History Society.

The guidelines from HLF, published in May, set out a range of pay rates, including:

• Project managers should earn £28,000 to £38,000 per year
• Fieldworkers should earn £24,000 to £30,000 per year
• Archivists should earn £23,000 to £30,000 per year
• Freelance oral historians should earn £175 plus per day

The most recent trustees meeting of the Oral History Society heard concerns that freelance pay has been falling over recent years with jobs now being advertised at a salary of around £17,000, compared to £25,000 five years ago.

Freelance pay was also discussed at this year’s annual general meeting of the society where OHS chair Graham Smith urged freelancers to reject low pay.

Smith said: “I’ve been engaging with community oral historians at the conference and it’s struck me that the level people are working at is much higher than it was five years ago. It’s a great irony that wages have dropped by £7,000.”

Link to HLF Oral History Guidelines

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