Consultative Guidelines1. PAY << Guidelines Main Page
The RAM recommended rate for life modelling is £15.00 per hour. In the past the RAM recommended rate was always set higher than the average rate obtainable, but now the latter is catching up.
ii). Method of Payment
Cash-in-hand payment is often used
as an excuse for low pay on two assumptions: that no model would declare such
earnings to Inland Revenue and that the Revenue is not aware of the habit of
paying models out of petty cash. Neither of these assumptions is accurate. The Revenue is also aware of the practice of persuading a model
to make a false declaration of a P46, so that tax will not be deducted. Sometimes the amount offered is calculated
to take into account the amount of tax that would otherwise have been deducted
at basic rate. But overpaid tax is
recoverable. It is therefore not the
case that £8 per hour cash-in-hand is equivalent to £11 per hour on PAYE.
Few RAM members work under proper full-time or part-time contracts of employment. The contracts are usually 'sessional' and of very short duration and confer no employment rights at all. Unfortunately the system of casual or sessional employment contracts as administered by most local authorities and colleges is a farce, since the contracts are signed by both parties after the work has been done. In these circumstances it is really the tutor who has employed the model, and the tutor should, in theory, be responsible for paying the fees. There are indeed some local authorities that do not themselves pay the models employed in their classes. It is left to the tutor, who has then to recover the money directly from the students. This is the oldest system and probably the best, provided that it is not used as an excuse for lower fees.
While the system of 'retrospective' contracts persists, there is little point in our seeking the introduction of cancellation fees into contracts because if a session does not take place no contract is ever signed! However, there is a general consensus, based on the practice insisted upon by Bare Facts Model Booking Service in their contracts with colleges, that models should always be paid in full for any session that is cancelled at less than ten days' notice. Thus, if a block of four sessions is cancelled at, say, a week's notice, that would be two sessions cancelled at less than ten days' notice. In practice, we have found little opposition to this policy amongst employers, who are usually anxious to hold on to their best models.
iv). Higher fees for taking charge
One London borough, which pays models upon receipt of invoice, accepts that models will invoice at the tutor's rate in the event of the tutor not being able to take the class, provided that no substitute can be found. Models engaged by this borough must therefore be willing and able to take charge of the class if necessary. We originally thought that we might be able to use this as a precedent, but so far it has not proved possible to interest any other employers in adopting such a policy. We strongly advise members not to accept responsibility for a class (which would include health and safety), when there has been no prior understanding that this could be required. Furthermore, members should not come to any such understanding unless higher fees are paid on such occasions.
iv). Very short sessions
Some employers, mainly secondary schools, offer bookings of as little as one and a half hours. RAM has now agreed that models should charge a minimum of £30 for a session.
v). Unpaid breaks
No booking of less than five hours should be interrupted by an unpaid break. An unpaid break is normally called the lunch break and should not exceed one hour. A second unpaid break of no more than an hour is acceptable in a booking of nine hours or more. RAM has so far failed to resolve problems concerning the frequency and duration of paid breaks.<< Guidelines Main Page