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Self-employed Teaching Rates of Pay

Receiving fair recompense for your work

Our recommended teaching rates are aligned with classroom teaching rates and are applicable for each academic year. The MU’s Education Committee discusses the rates as part of its remit, recommending any yearly increases to the Executive Committee. Members can sign up to the Teachers Section (by   editing your profile    or   contacting your regional office) to become eligible to stand for the Education Committee.

We have promulgated self-employed rates for:

  • Teaching
  • Workshop leading
  • School concerts

These rates factor all the financial obligations of being self-employed, such as holiday pay, sick pay, pension contributions and parental leave. They are recommended minimums and should be used as a starting point for negotiating rates where work involves additional travel, increased preparation time or greater responsibility.

In light of the pandemic and financial uncertainty for both members and students, the 2020/2021 rates will remain the same as the 2019/2020 rates

Teaching rate 2020-2021

  • £35.00 per hour

This rate is for individual lessons or for small-group teaching. It can be adjusted pro rata for lessons shorter than one hour. Rates for whole-class or large-group teaching and ensemble direction can be negotiated up to reflect any additional preparation time.

Workshop leading rate 2020-2021

  • £202 per day
This rate is for delivering a workshop with a maximum length of five hours. It can be adjusted pro rata for workshops of less than a five hours and increased to reflect additional preparation time and any equipment or resources provided by the workshop leader.

Schools concert rate 2020-2021

  • £86.50
This includes a rehearsal and a concert on the same day. It covers taking part in concerts as a performer, as well as working as a conductor or an accompanist.

Contact your regional office if you need further advice.

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