Week 6: Working Practices in the Media Industry: Unit 3

I am going to research all the different working practices available and make an informed decision on which one I feel is the best option.


(Bold = Negative)

Freelance – Is were someone is self employed but does not work for the same people long term, they move from job to job as and when they are needed. They tend to get paid more than permanent job roles do however they have less work throughout the year.

There are many pros and con of working Freelance. (Negatives are in bold)

  • Flexible (different types of jobs), there are a lot of different jobs you can choose to do or choose not to do.
  • Skills base improves, there is a wide range of different jobs involved whilst working Freelance so you gain a lot of skill and experience.
  • Lack of security, you only work (1/3 of the year) therefor could be out of work for long periods of time.
  • Need to network.
  • Interesting, you have a variety of different jobs to choose from so if you get tired of a certain thing you can choose not to do it.
  • Independent, you have unlimited freedom therefor you can pick and choose which jobs you wish to take.
  • Saying no, it is hard to say no as you don’t know for sure when your next job will be.
  • Organised, you need to stay organised to keep a good reputation in the industry.

http://www.indeed.co.uk/Freelance-Media-jobs This website has example of Freelance jobs that you can apply for and tells you everything about the job and how much you will get paid. There is one for a Freelance video editor, it is located in London, the hours are not said however you can get in touch to find out and the pay is negotiable.

Contract (permanent) – Is were you work for a company permanently and get paid by a day rate and work on all there projects.

There are many pros and con of a Permanent Contract. (Negatives are in bold)

  • Regular pay, unlike working Freelance you are hired permanently and get paid at a day rate.
  • Regular hours, again unlike Freelance you work the 9 till 5 every weekday however it may vary depending on the project you are working on.
  • Repetitive, it can tend to be the same thing day in day out. For example if you were a camera man working for the shopping channel then you would be on set recording that all day  
  • Same subject.
  • Safe, you are assured work all the time you are employed by that company so you don’t have to worry about being unemployed.

http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Film-AM/jobs/Camera-Operator-9646623fa9cbc0e1?q=Full+Time+camera+operator This is a full time job application for a camera operator/video editor, the salary is dependent on your experience and the location is in Nottingham however they accept people form Derby, Loughborough and Mansfield.

Short term contract – You work for a company but only for a fixed amount of time and on certain projects.

There are many pros and con of a Short term Contract. (Negatives are in bold)

  • Work on more than one project, you work on more than one project with the company rather than being permanently employed.
  • Regular pay, you are on a regular pay check so don’t have to worry about not being paid enough.
  • Regular hours, you are given regular hours so are not out of work certain days.
  • Fixed length of time, you are not employed permanently by the company but are employed for certain projects and once they are done you look for other work.

Project contract – You are employed for one project and have regular pay and hours during your employment.

  • Working on one project, unlike being on a Short term project you are employed for one project and then are done after that.
  • Similar to freelance but longer so more secure, you work regular hours and get regular pay while you are employed for that certain project.
  • Less pay, it less pay than Freelance however there is more reliable work, therefor safer as you are less likely to be unemployed.

Self employed –

  • Own business: video/film, you can start your own business and choose your hours.
  • Your the boss, your always in employment if you have clients.
  • More stable(ish)
  • You work you earn, you can work whenever you want if you work longer hours then you earn more.
  • You find the client, if you can’t find anyone to do work for you will be unemployed until you do. 
  • You are responsible for everything, You are in charge of getting everything organised. You have to find the clients and also people to work for you.
  • Pressure, as you are in charge there is pressure to find clients and people to hire.


I think after researching all the types of working practices that being Self employed is the best, I would have chose Freelance however I think that self employed being more safe and reliable work it makes it the better option.

Week 6: Working Practices in the Media Industry: Unit 3

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