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A runner organises props, makes tea, opens the mail, answers the phone, looks after cast and crew and runs errands between set, office and location. This position is traditionally the first rung on the ladder of a media career.

The Work

The work varies according to the department, which could be art and animation, production, editing or on location. Runners often move around, spending up to six months with each department, or however long the project is for.

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

People work as runners to get experience and a foot in the door, so it is not well paid work. To begin with you may have to work for little or no pay to get experience. In paid jobs salaries for full time runners may start at around £10,000 to £12,000 a year. With more experience they could earn £15,000 to £17,000 a year, rising to around £20,000 or more.

The BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) website has recommended freelance rates of pay. For freelance runners this is from £100.10 to £133.81 for a 10-hour day.


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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to April.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
Twitter: @BBCCareers

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC

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

International Moving Image Society
Tel: 01753 656 656
Twitter: @JoinIMIS

Formerly the BKSTS (British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society).

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Twitter: @SDTNtweets

STV (Scottish Television)
Tel: 0141 300 3061
Twitter: @WeAreSTV

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