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Disc Jockey – DJ

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DJs play recorded music for an audience, live at a venue or on the radio. They operate a wide range of technical equipment. They chat to the audience between tracks.

The Work

You could be:

There are three types of DJ:

Mobile DJ

You could be:

Radio DJ

You could be:

Club DJ

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

At first some DJs do unpaid work to get experience. Most DJs are freelance and on average charge from around £150 to £550 a session. DJs with exceptional experience may charge from £500 to £800 a session. Well-known, named DJs can charge in excess of £800 and for those who achieve celebrity status (very few) earnings are far more. You would need to pay overheads out of your income, such as travel costs and equipment maintenance.

You usually have to buy your equipment out of your own money. If you receive bookings through an agent there will probably be a fee to pay.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
894
5.1 %
RISE
2023
940
  United Kingdom
2018
20596
1.7 %
RISE
2023
20951

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in music.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
E-mail: careers@bbchrdirect.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home
Twitter: @BBCCareers

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

Hospital Broadcasting Service
Tel: 0141 221 4043
E-mail: studio@hbs.org.uk
Website: http://www.hbs.org.uk
Twitter: @HBSGlasgow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBSGlasgow/

Radio Academy
Website: http://www.radioacademy.org
Twitter: @radioacademy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/radioacademy/

Information on how to break into the world of radio.

RadioCentre
Tel: 020 7010 0600
Website: http://www.radiocentre.org
Twitter: @Radiocentre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RadiocentreUK/?fref=nf

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

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